What is the role of a Confirmation Sponsor?
Just as sponsor for baptism takes upon himself/herself the responsibility of helping the newly baptized person mature in the living a Christian life and offers his or her own life and practice of the faith as an example of faith, prayer and service within the Catholic Church, the Sponsor for Confirmation continues that work for the person who is to be confirmed. The Sacrament of Confirmation also creates a strong spiritual bond between the one who is confirmed and the sponsor. The sponsor should be committed to trying to be a part of the confirmandi’s life by presence and prayer always realizing that a sponsor’s prayers for that person are especially efficacious before Almighty God. One’s “yes” to be a sponsor for Confirmation is not just a “yes” to the candidate, but also a serious commitment to God in taking on this obligation.
What are the requirements of the Church for being a Confirmation sponsor?
Students will provide the name of their sponsor by end of October. All sponsors must attend a sponsor class to be held in the fall of the first year of the program. If sponsor resides in another state a letter from the parish confirming attendance to a similar class will be required.