Choosing a Godparent

Godparents should be practicing Catholics, so as to give the example of Catholic Faith and regular practice to the child they are sponsoring.

There may be one or two Godparents.  When there are two Godparents, one must be male (Godfather) and the other must be female (Godmother)

One Godparent must be age 16 or older and a baptized Catholic who has received Eucharist and Confirmation.

Non-Catholic Christians who practice their tradition of Christian faith regularly may serve as Christian witnesses to the Catholic Baptism of the child.

It is not possible for a non-Christian to sponsor an infant into the Roman Catholic Faith by Baptism.

Godparents who are not able to be physically present at the Baptism ceremony may choose a proxy to stand in place at the Baptism.