illustration of Confirmation; swiped off the Wise Gorilla web siteDerivation

  • Latin: confirmare, to make fast


A sacrament of the New Law, in which, through the prayer and the anointing of the forehead with chrism by the minister, the Holy Ghost is communicated to a baptized person, to make him a strong and perfect Christian and a soldier of Jesus Christ. The ordinary minister of this sacrament is a bishop; since it imprints a character on the soul, it cannot be repeated. On the part of the recipient, there is required a state of grace, and a ready knowledge of Christian faith and doctrine.

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Confirmation”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 October 2019. Web. 26 January 2022. <>