Once you feel that you really understand the Sacrament of Confirmation, and you have decided that you wish to accept this gift from God, it is time to express this decision by asking to be confirmed. You should then write a personally typed letter to the Bishop requesting that you be confirmed. This one-page letter should include the following:
- Information about yourself – e.g. your interests, hobbies, sports, family, etc.
- An explanation of how and why your Catholic faith and the Catholic Church are important to you
- Why you are choosing to be confirmed
- Some highlights during your preparation process
- Who you have chosen as your sponsor and why
- Ways that your sponsor is a role model of faith for you
The letter should also clearly express the facts that receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation is your own decision; that you have prepared for the Sacrament through study, service, and prayer; and that you have already accepted the responsibility of living a more mature Christian life. The letter is not meant to be an application or sound like a resume demonstrating all of your accomplishments. Instead, it should express your desire and commitment to be confirmed in the Catholic Church. The letter should be sent as a Word Document to the Faith Formation Office.