Photos: Those seeking to join the church are welcomed during Rite of Election

Bishop Donald Kettler celebrated the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion Feb. 21 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud with catechumens and candidates from around the diocese. Catechumens are those who are preparing to receive the sacraments of initiation — baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist — at the Easter Vigil. Candidates have been baptized and now seek full communion with the Catholic Church through confirmation and/or the Eucharist. There are a total of 32 candidates and 17 catechumens from 23 parishes in the diocese this year.

Misha Hinson walks up to add his name to the Book of the Elect with his sponsor Larry Refsland during the Celebration of the Rite of Election.
(Photo by Paul Middlestaedt)












Catechumen Andrea Tiebel adds her name to the Book of the Elect.
(Photo by Paul Middlestaedt)












Sponsors Pam and Hollis Rickbeil place their hands on the shoulders of candidates Candace and Steven Hostetter from St. Anthony parish in St.Cloud, as Bishop Kettler says a prayer over them.
(Photo by Paul Middlestaedt)











A group from the Benedictine Catholic Communities of St. John the Baptist and St. Joseph parishes located in Collegeville and St. Joseph stand for the Presentation of the Candidates. (Photo by Paul Middlestaedt)

Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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