At what age do you receive confirmation in the Catholic Church?

Baptized Catholics can be confirmed at any age, although each diocese has its own age requirements for the usual receipt of confirmation.

In the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, any baptized Catholic can be confirmed, regardless of age.

This means that a 90 year old who has never been confirmed can receive the sacrament of confirmation, as well as a very small baby who is in danger of death.

the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that “for centuries, Latin custom has indicated the ‘age of discretion’ as a point of reference for receiving Confirmation. But children in mortal danger must be confirmed even if they have not yet reached the age of discretion” (CCC 1307).

For Eastern Catholics, as well as for Eastern Orthodox, the celebration of confirmation always takes place at baptism, a practice which emphasizes that the two sacraments are sacraments of initiation.

However, while any baptized Catholic can be confirmed, the common practice in the Roman Rite of conferring confirmation has been left to each diocese or episcopal conference, as explained in the Code of Canon Law.

The Sacrament of Confirmation must be conferred on the faithful around the age of discretion, unless the Episcopal Conference has decided on a different ageor there is danger of death or, in the opinion of the Minister, a serious reason suggests the contrary.

Can. 891

This can be very varied across the world. Some dioceses confirm at age 7, while others wait until children are 16 or 17.

No matter what age a person is confirmed, the key is to remember the whole purpose of confirmation, because the Catechism abstract.

Preparation for confirmation should aim to lead the Christian towards a more intimate union with Christ and a more living familiarity with the Holy Spirit – its actions, donations and auctions – in order to be better able to assume the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end, Confirmation catechesis must strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, to the universal Church as well as to the parish community. The latter bears particular responsibility for the preparation of the confirmands.

CCC 1309

Confirmation is a beautiful sacrament, one that prepares a person to be an active part of the Church, ready to face the many challenges of the world.

Sacrament of Confirmation (by Pope Francis) – it

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