Rite of Election, Call to Continuing Conversion at Cathedral

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Candidates and catechumens filled the Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Arlington for the Rite of Election and of the Call to Continuing Conversion March 10.  

The 221 catechumens and 200 candidates from 28 parishes were welcomed by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Another ceremony is scheduled for March 17 at St. Theresa Church in Ashburn.

James Starke, director of the Office of Divine Worship, said this is the rite that projects them forward into the immediate preparations for Lent. 

“My hope for them is to be inspired to take seriously that call to further conversion for those who have already been baptized, for further discernment and encounter for those who have not yet been baptized,” he said.  “(They can) really use this as a springboard to renew the commitment they already are making and delve deeper into that commitment for the immediate 40 days. These 40 days can be intense if done correctly, so hopefully this can be done with the grace and inspiration needed to encounter this time as a time of conversion and formation.” 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019

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