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Angel Alonzo wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Do you know if Fra Angelico, the beatified painter, can be my patron saint at my Confirmation?

I am an artist and I've come to understand that I can glorify God through my art, though I have to study the human body first, or my drawings are going to be ugly.

  • Can he be my patron saint?

His official name is John of Fiesole or Blessed Fra Angelico. Fra comes from the fact he was a Benedictine monk.


  { Can Fra Angelico, the beatified painter, be my patron saint for my Confirmation? }

Bob replied:


I would suggest using Fra Angelico, since his title as a monk is more fitting; I don't think there is a requirement one way or the other.


Bob Kirby

Mike replied:


Fra Angelico would be a fine patron to choose for Confirmation especially because of your apparent vocation to be an artist/painter.

Separate from your question, this is what Canon Law states is required for someone to be one's Confirmation sponsor:

Chapter IV.

Sponsors (for the Sacrament of Confirmation)

Canon 892 Insofar as possible, there is to be a sponsor for the person to be confirmed; the sponsor is to take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament.

Canon 893 §1. To perform the function of sponsor, a person must fulfill the conditions mentioned in Canon 874.

§2. It is desirable to choose as sponsor the one who undertook the same function in Baptism.

Chapter IV.

Sponsors (for the Sacrament of Baptism)

Canon 874 §1. To be permitted to take on the function of sponsor a person must:

  1. be designated by the one to be baptized, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;
  2. have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the diocesan bishop has established another age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;
  3. be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;
  4. not be bound by any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared;
  5. not be the father or mother of the one to be baptized.


I hope this helps,


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