The sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gifts of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church. (CCL #879)
Confirmation Sponsor Requirements
Candidates must choose a suitable sponsor who will accompany them and meet the following requirements:
- Have been chosen by the candidate personally and have a significant relationship with the candidate
- Have attained the age of sixteen (16) unless special circumstances are approved by clergy
- Be a fully initiated, confirmed, practicing Catholic participating in Sunday liturgy, leading a life of strong moral character and faith and not bound by any canonical penalty
- Is not the mother or father of the candidate
Canon law states that it is preferable that the Confirmation sponsor be the baptismal sponsor so the link between Baptism and Confirmation is clearly defined.