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Sponsor Roles and Responsibilities

Confirmation sponsor roles and responsibilities as defined by the Diocese of Raleigh and Holy Infant Catholic Church.


3.1 The sponsor sees that the one confirmed acts as a true witness to Christ and fulfills the obligation of the sacrament. Specifically, the sponsor 1) helps the candidate live the Catholic life, 2) serves as a role model of faith for the candidate and 3) in the case of a candidate who is a child of catechetical age, supports the candidate’s parents in their child’s faith development.

3.2 One person usually serves as a sponsor for Confirmation. It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertook the same function in baptism.

3.3 Sensitive to cultural circumstances, there may be two sponsors when the baptismal godparents fulfill this role.

3.4 Qualifications of Sponsor(s):

  1. specifically designated by the one to be confirmed, the parents or the person who takes their place or in their absence by the pastor or minister of Confirmation
  2. a member of the Roman Catholic Church
  3. usually a minimum of 16 years of age
  4. recipient of the three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist
  5. a Catholic in good standing (see footnote for description)
  6. in a marriage recognized by the Church as valid, if married
  7. living a life consistent with a single person as defined by the Church, if unmarried.
  8. In addition, parents may not serve as sponsors for their children.


3.4 Unless the sponsors are known to the pastor, a certificate of eligibility must be presented by the sponsors to verify their ability to serve in this role. A sample form with instructions is found at the end of this document as Appendix Two.

3.5 Sponsors are not obligated to be present for the Confirmation and may be represented by a proxy. However, only the sponsors’ names are entered in the Confirmation Register.

Taken from the General Norms for the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Formation of Candidates.