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Rite of Election welcomes 250 candidates and catechumens

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Woodbridge filled with candidates and catechumens Feb. 26 for the Rite of Election. There were 85 catechumens and 165 candidates from 11 parishes. 

“Your stories and faith journeys are unique,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge said during his homily. “It would be amazing to hear them. Yet, all of you have something in common. Ultimately, you are here today because the Lord has chosen you. With his grace and the support of those who love you, you have said ‘yes’ to a call that will lead you to an Easter like no other.”

The Book of the Elect was brought forth by catechumens from each parish and signed by Bishop Burbidge. 

Ruby Lee Brown, 82, from St. Joseph Church in Alexandria was joined by her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Joseph Ragsdale. Brown married a Protestant, and her grandmother told her that she should be the same religion as her husband. After Brown’s husband died last April, she decided to join the Catholic Church.

“I always wanted to be here,” she said with tears in her eyes. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018