Singing the hymn “All are Welcome,” hundreds gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse March 9 for the Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion, celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham.
During the celebration, 59 catechumens and 150 candidates from 51 parishes across the diocese took the next step toward full communion with the Catholic Church. Catechumens are individuals who have not been baptized and are preparing for baptism, First Communion and Confirmation in the Church. Candidates are those who have already been baptized as Catholics or in another faith tradition and are preparing to come into full communion with the Church.
Catechumens and candidates participate in the rite after at least a year of prayerful discernment and catechesis. Both groups will come into full communion with the Church during Easter Vigil Masses.
Here, some scenes from the celebration, as families and friends fill the Cathedral, Bishop Cunningham greets candidates and catechumens and the candidates stand while Bishop Cunningham reads the Act of Recognition.