Do you have to be confirmed to be a catholic? My nephew is a catholic and is baptised, and made his Holy Communion but was never confirmed. Thanks MoJoseph



A person is Catholic by virtue of their baptism. Your nephew is Catholic.

However, he is a Catholic who has not completed the Sacraments of Initiation. Confirmation *completes *baptism. Catholics are *obligated *to be confirmed. It’s not optional. We are stregthened spiritually through this sacrament.

So, your nephew should approach the parish priest and discuss confirmation. If he is an adult now, there are typically confirmation preparation sessions in the diocese (typically in the spring) and a time when the Bishop confirms adult Catholics. Sometimes, the Bishop delegates this to the parish priest and the priest can confirm. It depends on the diocese.

Under Canon Law a Catholic needs to be confirmed to receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders or the Sacrament of Matrimony.

There are many adults who for whatever reason did not get confirmed as children or teens. This is nothing to be embarrased about, but should be rectified as soon as possible.


well said


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