Does a confirmation name and Patron saint have to be same?


#1

Hello
I am not yet even baptized but if and when I do, I will also have to be confirmed apparently. Now I don’t know who my Patron saint is going to be yet, but I’m thinking st Clare of Assisi (I want to go into the television/movie business. I am a male) or whoever is the Patron saint of social workers ( I want to volunteer and help seniors) ooh or even St George! I don’t know why

Strange thing is I’m good at making connections between people and who their patron saint should be, but can’t for myself. For my mother I always thought saint Helena would be appropriate and St. Sebastian for my brother who loves sports (This was before I found out about how the saint was killed and now I have my doubts)

I am sure I want my confirmation name to be Evan but know only one saint named Evan (actually it was Inan) who I don’t find any connection to. Is it okay if I choose a different patron saint like the two above?

P.s - Unrelated- Is it okay if I use my confirmation name as my real name from then on? I like it alot


#2

Adults receive all of their sacraments of initiation – Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist – at one Mass.

Now I don’t know who my Patron saint is going to be yet, but I’m thinking st Clare of Assisi (I want to go into the television/movie business. I am a male) or whoever is the Patron saint of social workers ( I want to volunteer and help seniors) ooh or even St George! I don’t know why

Choosing a confirmation name is a pious custom and not practiced everywhere. Your baptismal name is just fine! If your parish has you choose a patron saint for confirmation, then that’s fine too.

I am sure I want my confirmation name to be Evan but know only one saint named Evan (actually it was Inan) who I don’t find any connection to. Is it okay if I choose a different patron saint like the two above?

Then Evan will be your saint. You’ve already made your decision. That doesn’t stop you from having many saints you look to for guidance, for inspiration, or for prayers. Saints are your friends in heaven and no one can have too many friends!

P.s - Unrelated- Is it okay if I use my confirmation name as my real name from then on? I like it alot

That’s really more of a legal issue than a religious one. I imagine you would need to change your name on legal documents, your driver’s license, passport, and things like that. You’d need to check into what’s involved in making that happen.


#3

The Patron saint is someone who you not only feel a “connection to” as you say but someone you admire greatly. And yes, that’s precisely why you take on their name as a spiritual mentor and special patron. It is NOT a legal name in any way. I’ve always mentioned my confirmation name when saying my full name, but it is nowhere in any database or legal document.
As far as St. Sebastian and others like him go, it doesn’t mean that you wish to die in the same manner.:eek: But, it does mean that you are willing to make Christ a priority in your life…that when pressed like he was, you are quite willing to stand up for good and you will not betray the Lord in any way.
It’s more than picking a name you are fond of. It’s something that you should spend researching and praying about. It appears you have time, God bless you.
Myself, I think Clare is a fine name, :smiley:


#4

When I was confirmed in eighth grade, I was told to think beyond the actual name of the saint that I would choose. While I would join her name to mine (in my case), I should be looking at her life and her works and the connections I could find. I chose St. Therese and joined her name to mine, but it never actually occurred to me that it would matter so much what name I chose. I don’t use my confirmation name generally with other people, it’s more a private devotion.


#5

Okay that makes sense, but suppose I feel a connection to lets say st Louise de marillac and want her as a patron saint I would still have to find a confirmation saint right?
I’m a male and aren’t confirmation names supposed to be male in these cases?


#6

It really doesn’t matter. The only time the name will ever be used is during the confirmation ceremony itself. Instead of saying “Renarax, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” the priest will say “Louise, be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” That’s assuming that your parish has the custom of choosing a confirmation saint. It’s not required in canon law and the name isn’t recorded or used anywhere else.

You really don’t need to stress over this! As I said earlier, you can have many friends in heaven just as you can have many friends on earth. They’re all blessings in your life.


#7

These names are recording in my parish on the certificates and also in the record book. Some books are sold without a place for this, but we have the kind that do have a place to note it, and the Bishop who signs the books like to review these.
I understand that people do it differently in different Diocese, or Archdiocese.


#8

My parish doesn’t record them. And since adults are confirmed at the Easter Vigil the bishop isn’t there anyway. What he signs for them is the Book of the Elect.


#9

I was talking about the children. The Bishop asks to see the record book when he comes, review the records, and sign and seals with his seal.

We still record the Adult Confimandi in the same record book. I guess every place does it different.


#10

I think we’re kind of talking past each other. Since the OP hasn’t been baptized, he’ll receive his sacraments of initiation together, so that’s what I was focused on. They would be recorded in the parish’s baptismal register.


#11

yup. :rotfl::tiphat:


#12

“Evan” is the Welsh version of the name “John”. So you could have any Saint John as your patron and choose the Welsh rendering.


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