Diocese welcomes candidates and catechumens into church at Easter Vigil

GREEN BAY — Parishes around the diocese welcomed at least 140 new members into the church on March 31, at the Easter Vigil. These newest members, called catechumens and candidates during their preparation time, have taken part in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

On the first Sunday of Lent, they were enrolled in the Book of the Elect at their parishes. They were presented to Bishop David Ricken at a special Mass later in the day.
Catechumens are those who will be baptized and also receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist at the vigil.

Candidates are those who have already been baptized, whether in the Catholic Church or in another Christian denomination. They will make a full profession of faith and receive confirmation and/or Eucharist in the church at the vigil.

After the Easter Vigil, the newly initiated — who will then be called neophytes — enter the final stage of the RCIA process: mystagogia.

Mystagogia is marked by the new experiences of sharing in the sacraments and in full participation in the community. Mystagogia comes from a Greek word meaning a time of entering into mystery. It is during this time that the newest members of Christ’s church learn what it means to be disciples. This period lasts until Pentecost — May 20 this year — but it never truly ends.

Following are the catechumens and candidates whose names were submitted by parishes to the diocesan Office of Worship.


St. Mary Parish

Catechumen: Paige Cross; Candidates: Katie Zimmerman, Macie Zimmerman, Shelly Wery


St Joseph Parish

Candidate: Thomas Zieman

St. Bernadette

Candidate: Dylan Schiltz

St. Bernard Parish

Catechumen: Brendan Rigsby

St. Mary Parish

Catechumen: Lang Nguyen; Candidate: Jacob Gerlach

St. Pius X Parish

Candidates: Adam Forrest, Peter Forsythe, Erica Golub, Jameson Knall, Todd Prahl, Brooke Thorson, Esther Zabrowksi,

St. Therese Parish

Catechumen: Daniel Rosas; Candidates: Ana Avella Colzadal, Javier Hernández, Kathryn Pfeifer, Maria Sierra, Mensita Soichy, Nicolas Vargas, Omar Villagómez

St. Thomas More Parish

Catechumens: Addison Clinefelter, Quinten Clinefelter; Candidates: Meghan Kocken, Logan LaViolette, Luke LaViolette, Elizabeth Melchert, James Uecker

De Pere

St. Norbert College Parish

Candidates: Chelsea Broeders, Gabriella Carrillo, Ruby Castillo, Frenessi Chiqui, Richard Dauphinais, Melina Estrella, Samantha Mabry


St. Louis Parish

Candidate: Brea Kaczorowski


Ss. Edward & Isidore Parish

Candidate: Kelsey Wilinski


St. Nicholas Parish

Candidates: Chandler Evers, Nikki Sims

Green Bay

Prince of Peace Parish

Candidate: Curt Swanson


Catechumen: Emily Anderson; Candidate: Karen Phillips

Resurrection Catholic Parish

Candidate: Becky Bain

St. Agnes Parish

Candidates: Taylor Debski, Michael Counard

St. Bernard Parish

Candidates: Andrea Heiting, Ethan Shortt

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish

Catechumen: Hannah Schad

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Parish

Catechumen: Taylor Mullen; Candidates: Cathy Bachhuber, Marissa Cherek

St. John the Evangelist Parish

Catechumens: Alexandrine Snyder, Chai Yang

St. Philip the Apostle Parish

Catechumens: Aylin Adamariz Torres, Jesus Armando Veleta, Carlos Manuel Veleta; Candidate: Karla Rocio Leon-Navares


St. Mary Help of Christians

Candidate: Katie Woelfel


St. John the Baptist Parish

Candidates: Paul Petroll, Sarah Petroll, Timothy Woller


Holy Cross Parish

Candidate: Aron Hasler

St. Katharine Drexel Parish

Catechumen: Lisa Morin



Holy Rosary Parish

Catechumens: Caitie Dokey, Benjamin Ruoff, Camila Sanchez


St. Anne Parish

Catechumen: Michaela James


St. Mary

Catechumen: Laura Wildenberg

Little Chute

St. John Nepomucene Parish

Candidates: David Earl, Martina Hunt


St. Thomas the Apostle Parish

Candidate: Sarah Mauel


St Francis of Assisi Parish

Candidates: Benjamin Karnitz, Cameron Kitzmann , Ashley Lambert,  Anna Mleziva, Andrea Nellist


St. Mary

Candidates: Justin Cotter, Krystal Rasmussen, Emma Rasmussen, Ethan Rasmussen, Brianna Stehberger 


St. Mary & St. John the Baptist Parish

Catechumen: Carla Morgan; Candidates: Bonita Derkes, Terrance Morgan


Holy Cross Parish

Catechumen: Daniel Funk 


St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish

Catechumens: Tamara Daniels, Casandra Gostas; Candidate: Cheryl Ziegelbauer

St. Margaret Mary Parish                          

Catechumens: Jacklyn Lesser, Amanda (Reagan) Wasinger; Candidates: Pauline (Luedeke) Heiman, Patrisha (Vermeern) Hoffman, Craig Siebert, Erin Wasinger

New Holstein

St. Ann Parish

Catechumen: Jordan Jesinski

New Holstein (St. Anna)

St. Ann Parish

Catechumen: Jordan Christine Jesinski


Holy Trinity Parish

Candidates: Michael Anderson, Mitchell McFadden


Most Blessed Sacrament Parish

Catechumen: Jose Lucero; Candidates: Cassy Glander, Alisa Homann, Steve Needham, Chad Schaeffer, Jean Swanson

St. Jude the Apostle Parish

Catechumens: Chloe Applebee, Frederick Applebee IV, Jonathan Becker II, Timothy Krause, Marley Rewolinski; Candidates: Lisa Louise Busby, Alexandra Jantz, Kelly Reilly


St. Raphael Parish

Catechumens: Maya Blanchard; Kaylee Blanchard, Brennan Stephenson; Candidates: Richard Furman, Nate Healy, Avery Martel, Nolan Martel, Theresa Oliver, Dylan Sommerfeld


St. Mary Parish

Catechumen: Breanna Woods


St. Paul Parish

Candidate: Dawn Conway


St. Mark Parish

Candidate: James Foreman


Sacred Heart Parish

Catechumens: Christine Hoffman Brad Johnson, Paige Lane, Lilly Smith; Candidate: George Fields


St. John Sacred Heart Parish

Catechumen: Paige Schierl; Candidates: Karen DeJardine, Jim Klundt, Carlie Shimon, Samantha Wiese


St Maximilian Kolbe Parish

Candidates: Josh Nelson


St. Mary Magdalene Parish

Candidates: Michelle Crowley, Misty Krueger


St. Joseph Parish                                         

Catechumen: Benjamin Thompson; Candidates: Lisa Rubio, Orlando Rubio