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How old (or how long do you have to be Catholic) to sponsor an RCIA candidate?

My daughter's friend (14) wants to become Catholic. Is my daughter allowed to be her sponsor? What about a relative that became Catholic last Easter?

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Asked by Kattykitten at 7:37 PM on Nov. 8, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Katty, check with the priest but I think that a new Catholic won't be able to sponsor yet.

    Answer by gdiamante at 9:22 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • It depends on the parish. Usually someone that has been a member for a while and has a great track record at the church.

    Answer by oliviahank at 9:32 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • The requirements to be a Confirmation sponsor is the same as those to be a Baptism sponsor/godparent. Here's a list.

    So a sponsor has to be a confirmed, practicing Catholic and should be t least 16 years old. Now there are some exceptions to the age - a bishop in some areas may have lowered the age or your local bishop could give special permisson for a just cause. So if you daughter is 14, she would need special permission. However, an adult received into full communion with the Catholic Church last Easter would have received the sacrament of Confirmation and so could be a sponsor.


    Answer by eringobrough at 10:22 PM on Nov. 8, 2009

  • thank you eringobrough, her friend actually isn't baptized. I assume that would make my daughter her God Mother and sponsor. However, her friend does have a relative that was confirmed last year and is 24.

    Answer by Kattykitten at 1:19 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

  • Erin's right the legal age is 16. But your priest can ask the Bishop for special permission. We had that with our two oldest children to be Godparents for our two younger. Right after they were confirmed. Then the year after Our daughter was confirmed Special permission was given to her being her cousins Sponsor. The being 16 is there because most young teens aren't mature enough in their faith for this responsibility. In these cases it depends on The teen and the Priests judgement for a few are strong. Some are stronger and more knowledgeable then adults.then the adults.


    Answer by oldermomof5 at 7:32 AM on Nov. 9, 2009

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