The Requirements Of A Sponsor For Confirmation

There is only one sponsor for Confirmation. “Sponsor” (godparent) is a sacramental ministry. The sponsor takes part in the Rite of Confirmation as a Catholic and provides example from her/his life through living and acting as an active member of the Catholic Church. Because of the seriousness of this ministry, the Church has the following requirements:

  1. The sponsor must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Communion in the Catholic Church.
  2. The sponsor must be at least 16 years old (the responsibilities of this ministry are undertaken by an adult).
  3. The sponsor must be a Catholic living an active life of faith in the Catholic Church who provides a good example.
    1. Someone not married in a Catholic Church is not able to receive Communion and is not able to be a sponsor.
    2. Also, a Catholic who has left the Catholic Church and is a member of another denomination is not able to be a sponsor, even if that person has been Baptized, was Confirmed, and received First Communion in the Catholic Church.
  4. Parents may not act as sponsors for their child’s confirmation. Persons cannot be both parents and godparents to their children. The sponsor is the “spiritual parent” of the candidate.
  5. Christian witnesses are not permitted for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  6. A sponsor must be physically present for the Sacrament of Confirmation. They may not fulfill their role “virtually” by way of the use of an electronic device.


Choosing A Confirmation Name

When preparing for Confirmation, a person is invited to choose a Confirmation name to show that a change is taking place in him or her. Such name changes are common in the Bible (for example, Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah) and indicate a change in the person. In the New Testament, Peter’s original name was Simon. The name Peter, meaning “rock,” was given to him by Jesus to symbolize Peter’s role in the Church (Matthew 16:18). Often people preparing for Confirmation will choose the name of a saint whom they look to for guidance in following Jesus.

  • You may choose your Baptism name.
  • You may choose a saint or Biblical figure you admire.
  • It may not be offensive to Christians (i.e. Lucifer).