Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy and sacramental theology and director of the Sacerdos Institute at the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum university.

 Q: It is customary for children in my country who are preparing to receive the sacrament of confirmation to take the name of a saint whom they wish to have as a patron. I cannot find any liturgical directive regarding this, though it seems to be the established practice to use such chosen names when pronouncing the sacramental formula for the children. Is there some official liturgical recognition of this practice or is it just an established custom? Regarding the taking of a saint’s name, would it be permissible for a child to take the name of someone beatified (such as the recently beatified Carlo Acutis), or even someone proclaimed venerable or a Servant of God? A question often asked by primary school students preparing for confirmation is whether a full list of the Church’s canonized saints has ever been produced? My understanding is that the Martyrology only contains a sample and is not meant to be exhaustive. — J.D., Wagga Wagga, Australia

The use of confirmation names is not a universal custom nor an official part of the preparation for confirmation. It would appear to have begun in the United Kingdom and is common in English-speaking countries, Germany and Poland.

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