GREEN BAY — Parishes around the diocese will welcome new members into the church on April 20 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.
Following are the catechumens and candidates whose names were submitted by parishes to the diocesan Office of Worship.
St. John Parish: Candidates: Wendy Henke, Daniel Jahnke, Nicholas Sinkler
St. Bernard Parish: Catechumens: Maiong Chang; Candidates: David Starr, Jody Wilson
St. Joseph Parish: Catechumens: Keegan Coulter, Elijah Grover; Candidates: Bonnie Petrie, Lydie Pfefferle, Dean Timm
St. Pius X Parish: Candidate: Isaiaah McGovern, Joshua Arthurs, Kelsey Geiger, Javier Gonzales, Nancy Jimenez, Lucas Johnson, Justine Wozniczka
St. Thomas More Parish: Catechumen: August Dittberner
St. Martin of Tours Parish: Candidates: Leticia Cruz, Leslie Jarchow, Samantha Leiser, John Peplinski, John Peplinski, Jr.
St. Rose Parish: Catechumen: Joshua Bradshaw; Candidates: Haley Behnke, Jordan Eustice
St. Paul Parish: Candidate: Kendra Rios
Our Lady Lourdes Parish: Candidate: Stephanie Skroch
St. Francis Xavier Parish: Candidate: Carson Combs
St. Mary Parish: Catechumens: Steven Jeantet, Michael Michalski
St. Nicholas Parish: Candidate: Sally Van Camp
Nativity of Our Lord Parish: Catechumen: Nicholas Schneider; Candidate: Adam Hoppe
Prince of Peace Parish: Catechumen: Katie Van Rite; Candidates: Crystal Clements, Cullen Testolin
St. Agnes Parish: Candidate: Jordan LeMay
St. Bernard Parish: Catechumen: Nick Brunette; Candidate: Brandon Willms
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish: Candidates: Ethan Potts, Matthew Prill
St. Jude Parish: Catechumen: Windy GT Lee
St. Willebrord Parish: Catechumens: Alexis Berumem, Caitlin Joski, Marta Molina-Valle, Yaniel Ramirez, Yarielis Ramirez, Karla Valle; Candidates: Reynaldo Estupinian, Christian Martinez, Cirilo Martinez, Jesus Martinez, Maribel Martinez, Colleen Strebel
UWGB Catholic Campus Ministry: Candidates: Sarah Andersen, Corey Musarnick
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish: Catechumens: Henry Collins, Judd Pulley; Candidates: David Brooker, Amy Collins, Justin Collins, Marc Kruger
St. John the Baptist Parish: Catechumens: Andrew Goldston, Jacquelyn Schubring, Joshua Vandenbush; Candidates: Heidi Lemke, Marc Lemke, Michelle Ross, Mark Schick, Lillian Schmidt, Geoffrey Stenson
Holy Rosary Parish: Catechumen: Jeanette Greco; Candidates: Adam Kolmorgen, Steven Schmidt
SS. Peter and Paul Parish: Candidate: Lee Ann Herzog
Holy Spirit Parish: Candidate: Lauren “Sissy” Mertens
St. Patrick Parish: Catechumen: Mary Burdick; Candidate: John Burmeister
St. Francis of Assisi Parish: Catechumens: Derek Jones, Bobbi Meier, Matthew Mills
St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish: Catechumens: Monte Jimenez; Candidates: Dustin Klitzke, Tobin Larsen, Dustin Whaley
St. Margaret Mary Parish: Candidate: Thomas Cedergren, Pamela Reinhold, Jason Glen Richter
Holy Rosary Parish: Candidate: Morgan Willhelm
St. Thomas the Apostle Parish: Catechumens: Anabel Garcia, Michael Longmeyer, Yareli Velazquez, Anabel Velazquez; Candidates: Alejandrina Sarinana, Bill Schmidt
Holy Trinity Parish: Candidates: Stephanie Deveners, Zachary Weigelt
St. Mary Parish: Catechumens: Liliana Falcon, Ruben Falcon, AndyBoi Hernandez, Fox Hernandez, Ashleigh Kloiber; Candidates: Evelyn Alvarez, Carols Maruez, Estephania Vargas, Melissa Wiedemeier
Most Blessed Sacrament Parish: Candidate: Gary Baumann
St. Jude the Apostle Parish: Catechumens: Jazz Bennett, Steven Gust; Candidate: Griffin Reese
St. Mary Parish: Candidate: Jennifer Knox
St. Paul Parish: Catechumen: Michelle Butler
Sacred Heart Parish: Candidates: Clint Anker, Marie Chiminatti, Scott Flaig, Allison Popovich, Donna Smith
St. Peter the Fisherman Parish: Candidate: Kim McMahon
St. Mary Parish: Candidate: Melissa Wiedemeier