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Shelley Smith wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm going to be baptized Catholic this Easter and need to pick a patron. I was wondering if I can use an Archangel rather than a saint, like Raphael, the angel . . .

  • of healing
  • of the blind
  • of happy meetings
  • of nurses
  • of physicians, and
  • of travelers?


  { Since I'm being baptized a Catholic this Easter, can I use the name of an angel instead of a saint? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Shelly —

Thanks for the question.

I see no problems picking the name of an archangel as a patron for Easter.

This is what the Catechism states on the issue:

III. The Christian Name

2156 The sacrament of Baptism is conferred in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19) In Baptism, the Lord's name sanctifies man, and the Christian receives his name in the Church. This can be the name of a saint, that is, of a disciple who has lived a life of exemplary fidelity to the Lord. The patron saint provides a model of charity; we are assured of his intercession. The baptismal name can also express a Christian mystery or Christian virtue.

"Parents, sponsors, and the pastor are to see that a name is not given which is foreign to Christian sentiment."

Code of Canon Law, Canon 855

III. The Christian Name.

In Brief

2165 In Baptism, the Christian receives his name in the Church. Parents, godparents, and the pastor are to see that he be given a Christian name. The patron saint provides a model of charity and the assurance of his prayer.

Hope this helps,


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