New Catholic Dictionary illustration of confessionalsArticle

An enclosed place where a priest hears confessions. It is usually composed of three adjoining compartments, the middle one for the priest, the side ones for penitents. The priest communicates with the penitent through a square opening, covered by a grating. When hearing a confession on one side, the priest draws a shutter over the opposite grating in order to insure privacy for the penitent.

MLA Citation

  • “confessional”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 5 October 2015. Web. 24 September 2021. <>