This year, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will welcome Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) catechumens, candidates and sponsors to the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N Jackson St., Milwaukee, on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
The Rite of Election is the enrollment of names of all those seeking baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist in the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Those who have been baptize in other Christian denominations and who seek full communion in the Catholic Church are acknowledged during this ceremony by the bishop for their continuing journey to full communion to the Church. This means they will receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist.
Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the catechumens, their sponsors and families, gather at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee. The catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism, confirmation, and Eucharist to the diocesan bishop. Their names are then recorded in the Book of the Elect and they are called "the elect" until they are received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, the Saturday evening before Eastern Sunday.
Because of the large volume of catechumens, candidates and sponsors attending, attendees are asked to register in advance through their parish RCIA director. Please note that this event is not open to the public, because of limited seating.
Click here for more information about the RCIA process.
Click here for information on registering your parish.