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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 Daily Domestic Clips 05/22/2012 (a.m.)

  • The typical member of the ordination class of 2012 is a 31-year cradle Catholic who prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering seminary, according to a survey of 304 of the 487 men slated to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States this year. The survey was conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.

    Among the survey’s findings:

    the median age of ordinands is 31; the mean age, 35
    the typical diocesan ordinand lived in his diocese for 16 years before entering seminary, though 12% had lived in their diocese for less than a year
    71% of ordinands are white, 15% are Latino, 9% are Asian, and 3% are black
    6% are converts
    37% have a relative who was a priest or religious
    in 84% of cases, both parents were Catholic
    47% attended a Catholic elementary school, and 45% attended a Catholic college; 3% were home schooled
    6% have served in the US Armed Forces; 21% had a parent who spent his career in the military
    68% regularly prayed the Rosary, and 65% participated in Eucharistic adoration, before entering the seminary
    ordinands typically first began to consider the priesthood at 17
    68% were encouraged by a priest to consider a vocation; 41% were encouraged by their mother, and 31% by their father
    29% are foreign born, with the most typical foreign countries of birth being Vietnam (5% of all ordinands), Colombia (5%), Mexico (4%), Poland (3%), and the Philippines (2%); on average, foreign-born seminarians have lived in the United States for 12 years and arrived in the US at age 22
    28% have five or more siblings, 10% have four siblings, 17% have three siblings, 25% have two siblings, 16% have one sibling, and 4% have no siblings
    45% had earned their undergraduate degree before entering seminary; an additional 16% had earned a graduate degree
    53% took part in a parish youth group
    22% took part in a World Youth Day, and 11% took part in a Franciscan University of Steubenville summer conference
    75% had served as altar servers, and 57% as readers, before entering seminary
    tags: priesthood
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