[quote="CutlerB, post:1, topic:324027"]
When I went to the local Catholic parish to discuss conversion to the Catholic Faith with the priest, we got into the matter that I would be re-confirmed, but not re-baptised. He said the bishop would probably not come around just to receive me into the Church, but that he (the priest) would confirm me instead.
I asked whether that was actually possible, since I recall that Confirmation and Holy Orders can only be conferred by bishops. The priest replied that he would be confirming me on behalf of the bishop, or rather that the bishop would commission him to do so.
It still sounds awkward to me, but maybe you can help?
Yes, a priest can confirm if he has the faculties from the bishop to do so. The confirmation is still through the ministry of the bishop. In the East, the tradition has developed that priests generally confer the sacrament of Chrismation (Confirmation). In the west, it is typically reserved to the bishop, but there are often circumstances in which the priest confers this sacrament as well. In practice, the bishop usually makes it out for confirmations once each year, generally to confirm the youth in the parish. Adults entering the church at Easter Vigil are baptized and confirmed by the priest at the Easter Vigil Mass, or another appropriate time. In the local Roman diocese, there is an opportunity for Catholic adults who have not been confirmed to receive the sacrament from the bishop at the Cathedral, all on one day.