"Chosen" Sets a New Standard for Confirmation Preparation



I’m pleased today to be a part of the weeklong blog tour for a new Confirmation preparation program from Ascension Press — Chosen. My comments are based on the complimentary materials that I received from the publisher. While I want to state up front that I have not personally read every word of the study or viewed ALL of the twenty-four lessons personally, what I’ve seen and sampled has blown me away. And the fact that the program has been granted the Imprimatur by Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia gives me great confidence in recommending it to our readers.

First, let’s look at an overview of Chosen:

A Powerful Approach to Confirmation

Chosen_logo_triangleChosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation is a 24-lesson program that provides everything you need to prepare your students intellectually and spiritually to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This program will both catechize and challenge teens to fully embrace a life in Christ. Chosen is a dynamic learning experience centered around fully integrated video and workbook lessons. Guides for leaders, parents, and sponsors have been seamlessly incorporated into the program to make Chosen unlike anything available in the Church today.

  • Visually stunning, fast-paced videos, filmed in over 40 locations around the U.S. and internationally.
  • Featuring top youth experts presenting the faith in new and unexpected ways.
  • Effective methodology based on the RCIA model (pre-evangelization, evangelization, catechesis and discipleship) and grounded in the Catechism and Scripture.
  • Easy to implement with step-by-step leader’s notes and flexible scheduling options.
  • Connects with teens and inspires them on multiple levels: intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
  • Evangelizes the whole family through carefully crafted Parent and Sponsor Guides.

For a sense of the incredible impact Chosen will have, take a look at the program’s official trailer:

If this amazing filming, high energy, and call-to-action oriented video gets you psyched up for the vast potential that your child’s Confirmation preparation can hold, then wait until you see the full program (which you can preview here). I’ve been through the Confirmation preparation with both of my sons, so I looked at this program through the filter of a mom who has “been there, done that”. I can tell you that I wish my sons had enjoyed the opportunity to prepare for their sacrament with this program. And one amazing aspect of Chosen is that this program is not simply for the teens it prepares, but also for their family members with materials aimed at supporting and incorporating parents and sponsors into the process.

Here’s a look at the Parent and Sponsor Guides:

If you have a child who will be preparing for Confirmation, I encourage you to check out Chosen and to take the added step of sharing it with your pastor and those who oversee the Confirmation program in your parish. I think you’ll agree that Chosen has the potential to impact your Domestic Church, your diocese and even our universal Church as we invite our teens to see Confirmation as simply an early step along their lifelong path to discipleship.

Learn more about Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation at www.ConfirmationStudy.com.

Copyright 2014 Lisa M. Hendey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.


  1. Yeah, for real! I just reviewed a preview pack and I’m using it next year as our main resource for Confirmation Preparation. This series is unique in that it is actually high quality, and more initial-gospel-proclamation/evangelistic in its approach. How often to Confirmation Prep. programs treat Confirmation Prep. as continuing catechesis when in reality it is a major evangelistic opportunity for both candidates, sponsors, and parents. The videos present most of the content and teaching points freeing all the adult leaders and peer ministers to give related pre and post video witness talks, and be more of a discussion facilitation, than lecturer. Anyways, I was definitely impressed, and it even sounds like they’re going to release a related series in a few months for general high school ministry and discipleship groups!

    • So glad to hear from someone like you who really understands the impact this can have. Thanks for your comment Jon, but especially for all you share with the families you serve!

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