OK, first off, I just need to say that there is NO question in my mind but it was a combinationof the work of St. Thomas More and The Holy Spirit that have gotten me to the point I am…that being less than five weeks from being accepted into the Catholic Church. (And quite a lot of work it has been for the two of them…It’s taken most of my lifetime to get me to this point!)
That said, the priests at our parish seem WAY less than enthused about me (a female) taking Thomas as a confirmation name. This, even when I told them that it seemed somewhat disloyal to me to take other than Thomas More.
So, I have been really praying on this whole issue…looking for someone else to step up and “adopt” me, so to speak.
I know some folks chose saints because they like their names. Unfortunately (or, more truthfully, fortunately) I have always been very satisfied with my name, never wishing to switch it for anything.
I did toy with St. Emma (which, I fear, was totally based on “the name” thing).
The female saint I really do like, however, is St. Sofia…and I think it’s because I am very drawn to the concept of Wisdom giving birth to Faith, Hope and Charity…and then dying when Faith, Hope and Charity die.
Question is, is St. Sofia “recognized” in other than the Eastern Rite Churches? Can I, becoming a Latin Rite/Roman Catholic take Sofia as a confirmation name?
(If not, I fear I really am going to go with St. Dogfan…a Welsh Martyr of the 5th or 6th century. I found out about him when I was looking up all the saints whose saint’s day is on my birthday. I really do feel, however, if the priests had a problem with St. Thomas More, they’re going to go ballistic about St. Dogfan.)