Choosing a patron saint for Confirmation
During the Confirmation ceremony, the Bishop addresses each candidate by their “Confirmation Name”. This may be your existing baptismal name if this is the name of a saint.
Most candidates choose a new Confirmation name and this also must be the name of a saint. The important thing is that you know something about the saint and pray to that saint for help and guidance.
A name in the family
In countries with a strong Catholic tradition, some names have become very popular and may be popular in your family. If you want to take such a name, it is a good opportunity to find out about the saint and the traditions associated with him or her. Sometimes, these may be saints about whom little is known historically.
If you choose a name such as John, James, Catherine or Maria, you should know which saint you are choosing – there are many Saints called by these names.
Starting from scratch
A good way to start is to find a book in the library or to look up a list of saints on the Internet and find a saint whose life you find interesting and attractive.
Men and Women
A question that gets asked every year is “Can a girl choose for her Confirmation patron a saint who was a man rather than a woman?” The answer is “Yes”.
We don’t usually get asked whether a boy could choose a saint who was a woman but that would be all right, too.
Saints on the Internet
The Internet has many sites that are dedicated to saints. I have listed some below that will be helpful and interesting.
Catholic Online, the major Catholic Web portal, has a magnificent saints and angels page with a saints index, patron saints, feast days and a search facility.
Catholic Forum hosts a list of patron saints according to various patron categories. You can look up a category, select the appropriate item and follow the link to biographical information about the particular patron saint.
The Vatican Website has a list of all the new saints canonised by Pope John Paul II.
Catholic Information Network gives a list of various Catholic saint links