Getting Confirmed

We’re so happy you’re considering completing your initiation into the Catholic Church through the Sacrament of Confirmation! The reasons for beginning this journey toward Confirmation are as diverse as the individuals who undertake it, but we are ready to walk with you as you discern God’s call to full, active Christian life in the Church. We have two tracks that assist a person undertaking the journey toward getting Confirmed: the RCIA Process and the Short Course Process.  

While mostly associated with helping people become Catholic, the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Process at Notre Dame also serves as a means of preparation for many baptized Catholics on their journey toward Confirmation. The Process provides a gradual apprenticeship in everything that it means to be a Catholic Christian, including the opportunity to study Catholic Christian beliefs, refine how to pray, grow in understanding of the Mass and the other Sacraments of the Church, build Christian community, and explore what it looks like to live an intentional Catholic life. RCIA begins in August and meets each Sunday morning for our formation sessions, which include Sunday Mass at the Basilica as a part of our time together. It culminates in the celebration of Confirmation (and First Holy Communion, as necessary) during the Easter season.

We also offer the Short Course Process for those who desire to get Confirmed in the Catholic Church. The Short Course serves as a condensed process of Sacramental Preparation (one semester in length) for those baptized Catholics with substantial previous experience studying, living, and actively practicing the Catholic faith. The Short Course provides a refresher on what makes Catholicism unique and what it means to believe, live, celebrate, and pray as a Catholic Christian. The Short Course begins in August or January and gathers each Sunday afternoon for our formation sessions, which include Sunday Mass at the Basilica as a part of our time together. It culminates in the celebration of Confirmation (and First Holy Communion, as necessary) toward the end of each semester.  

You may also find our Sacramental Preparation FAQ page helpful in answering your questions.

If you would like more information on getting Confirmed at Notre Dame, please email Brett Perkins at brett.perkins@nd.edu or call (574) 631-3250.