Virtual Diocesan Confirmation Retreat

“And they were filled with the Holy Spirit.” -Acts 2:4

Painting courtesy of Carmen Stephanie Nunez, Saint Joseph High School ’20

Welcome to the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend’s Virtual Confirmation Retreat. To complete the virtual retreat, please follow the directions below:

Before you begin:

  1. Make sure you have a copy of the Discussion Questions.
  2. The retreat takes about 2-2.5 hrs. to complete. Please be sure you and your sponsor have set aside the time needed to complete the retreat.
  3. Your parish or school may provide additional directions. Please follow their guidance as every parish will use this virtual resource differently.
  4. Take time to look at the “Confession Corner,” “Young Saints Resource,” and “the Band of Men” at the bottom. There is also a bonus talk (3 minutes) from the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration as well.

Discussion Guide – fillable    Discussion Guide – for PRINT

Welcome from Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Bishop Rhoades offers encouragement to our candidates to pursue lives of holiness through the gift of the Holy Spirit they will receive at Confirmation. He also proposes the courageous example of the life of the newly beatified Blessed Carlo Acutis who died at the age of 15 in 2006.

Introduction and Opening Prayer

John and Kelly will introduce you to the Virtual Confirmation Retreat and then Sr. Ignatia from the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration will open the retreat with a reflection and a prayer. Please click on the video to begin the retreat.

1. Why Should I Be Confirmed?

It is good to ask yourself why you are receiving this sacrament, what happens when you are confirmed, and what the Lord might be asking of you in your life. There are two videos in this section, one from Fr. Ryan Pietrocarlo, C.S.C. and a youth wit