Enrollment for the new Confirmation class is now open!

The Confirmation program is a 2-year program. New candidates  should enroll in the program to begin in the Fall of 2020 (leading to Confirmation in 2022), using the form provided by the ESM Office.  Depending on registrations, classes will start at St. Bernard's in October 2020.

The first segment of the classes focusses on building Bible literacy with the T3 Teen Timeline program. The format and content of the subsequent program units will differ slightly, based on the individual tutor's preferences.

Each community in the ESM is responsible for organizing their own small groups and recruiting volunteer catechists. Catechists are trained through the ESM and are required to adhere to child protection laws.

Classes at St. Bernard's

Curriculum at St. Bernard's:

  • Begins with Teen T3 Bible Timeline series to build Bible literacy
  • Continues by introducing candidates to the intellectual heritage of the Church by exploring six great ideas Truth, Goodness, Beauty, Justice, Freedom, Equality. The students are encouraged to wrestle with the question of the relationship between faith and reason.
  • Draws on the writings of Aristotle, Plato, Augustine, Plotinus, Thomas Aquinas, Vatican II and others to expose the candidates to the philosophical and theological framework of Catholic doctrine. Candidates will build a portfolio of reading material from the Aristotle's Physics and Metaphysics, Plato's Timaeus, Aristotle's Nicomachaen Ethics, Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theol. and Contra Gentiles, as well as magisterial documents such as Rerum novarum, Gaudium et Spes, etc.
  • Uses literature (especially Dante's Divine Comedy) and the fine arts to link the theory of the great ideas to their expressions in Catholic culture.
  • Decision Point student workbook supports the students' reflections on key topics at home.
  • Fr. Augustine Wetta's "Humility Rules" introduces the students to the Rule of St. Benedict.
  • Service opportunities encourage candidates to live their faith in the world.
  • Classes take place primarily at St. Bernard's to allow for distancing under pandemic conditions.