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Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

My Dearest Daughter

In 1958 my mother got married and moved across the country. These are the letters written to her, mainly by her mother, between 1958 and 1960, as well as other artifacts from my family's past. Others in the series are in my del.icio.us file.

As I was going through Mom's things, I came across this curious letter written to my father by Sister M. Madeleva at St. Mary's College. Mom was a St. Mary's graduate and this apparently is the letter they sent to husbands. It is dated 1957, which is odd because my parents were married a year later in 1958. But as this is hand typed in the day before computers or even memory typewriters, I wonder if that was a typo? Nonetheless I find the language in the letter to be wonderful and very persuasive!

Office of the president.
Feast if St Mary Magdalen
July 22, 1957

Dear Husband Associated,

You need no letter from me to convince you that you have married a St. Mary's girl. We want to intensify this bond with her school by making you an associate in its life and activities. These are taking on magnitudes and significance which we believe you will be proud to share.

Inevitably, your home will develop, in some measure, around our patterns of womanhood, of home, of all that you value most. Will you letu s make these more palpable by the relationships of Husbands Associated? May we welcome you as an honored member?

Yours in the Holy Spirit,

Sister M. Madelva.
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Sister Madelva



I also found my mom's picture in her Senior year Book from St. Mary's and it made me very happy.

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 Inside the year book
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This was apparently when St. Mary's and Notre Dame were obedient to the magisterium.


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