While frequent informal get-togethers between mentor and confirmand
are encouraged and important to the relationship, it is often difficult for the pairs to schedule these discussion times.
In the case of confirmation, there is a special prayer that seeks the Holy Spirit's strengthening of the confirmand
for his/her participation in the mission of the church:
One year I got a confirmand
to make an Ascension altar hanging with old watered-down latex paint in sunset/sunrise colors and a leaping/rising figure in outline.
Candidates for confirmation are typically in their early or middle teens, and it is most often the local parish priest/pastor (sometimes in collaboration with a catechist or other lay members of the congregation) who prepares the confirmands
through a process of formation intended to deepen their understanding of, and engagement with, their Christian faith.
He writes to family members about his ecumenical travels abroad and his challenging work with confirmands
from poor, working class families in north Berlin (74-75, 109-10).
Two of its young confirmands
, brothers ages 13 and 16, have autism, one severely, the other moderately.
Niedergeses told me that he got a list of all of the confirmands
in the diocese and sent each one an individual letter.