The Diocese of Des Moines
Confirmation Liturgy: Saints' names
April 23, 2015
Written By: Kyle Lechtenberg

The confirmation questions are pouring in: 

How do we handle the name tags for our candidates when they choose a saint's name as their confirmation name? 

Some of the names are easy: Paul, Peter, Mary, Cecilia. You just have to print that in larger print than the rest of their name. 

Some of them are a little more difficult, or there are duplicate names: Catherine (Siena or Alexandria?), John (Evanglist, Vianney, John of the Cross?), Padre Pio (calling a teen "Padre Pio," or would anyone know who Pio of Pietrelcina is?). 

There are a couple of ways you could approach this: 

  • For example, with Catherine of Alexandria, print the "of Alexandria" in smaller print, below the saint's name. The bishop then would only say "Catherine," but the confirmand and the bishop would know who was being referenced. 
  • With someone like Padre Pio, whose name has been popularized, the formal name of "Pio" is just fine. His formal name is "St. Pio of Pietrelcina" and, again, it is a name that the confirmand and the bishop will both recognize. 

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