To complete our baptism into the Lord, we call upon the Holy Spirit to strengthen our Christian commitment. It is this Spirit of Christ that nourishes us, the presence of the Trinity within each of us as we walk the journey of faith. This second step in the process of initiation reminds us of the many gifts that God has given us and talents that we are called to use as witnesses of the Gospel given to us by Jesus for the salvation of all humanity. It is the sign that truly “confirms” us as committed Christians. Most experience this sacrament after receiving First Communion, but it is only since the early 20th century that it came to be administered in the Roman rite after First Communion. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) maintains this ancient tradition.

Youth or adults who are already baptized and would like more information about receiving the sacrament should contact Theresa Prymuszewski, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation (202-587-5139).

Adults who are not baptized or in full communion with the Catholic Church are invited to learn more about RCIA.