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New Catholics 2023

During the Easter Vigil Mass, 515 people will enter the Church through baptism or by making a profession of faith. Their reasons for joining are as individual as the new Catholics themselves. This special section celebrates them and a few of their stories. (Stories in this section will continue to appear through April 13.)


Why am I becoming Catholic?

Published: April 12, 2023   

“Becoming Catholic means so much to me. Last summer, when I read in the church's bulletin that RCIA classes were starting in August, I knew that I was ready to grow closer to Christ. It means that I can build a stronger marriage with my husband by putting God first. It also means that we can continue building a stronger religious foundation for our children.” Shari Barnidge, Elect St. Stephen, Bentonville   “There are so many reasons why I More... 

New Catholics find new life in the Church

Published: April 11, 2023   

During the Easter Vigil Mass, 515 people will enter the Church through baptism or by making a profession of faith. The elect, formerly known as catechumen, have not been baptized. They will receive baptism, confirmation and first Communion. Candidates are Christians who are seeking full communion in the Church and will make a profession of faith and also be confirmed and receive first Communion. Note: Candidates in some parishes entered the Church over the past 12 More... 

Man chooses Church after watching ‘The Chosen’

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: April 7, 2023   

Everyday encounters can lead to powerful conversions. Just ask Johan Adineh-Kharat, who was simply trying to make small talk with an employee, Sheena, at his family-owned Valero gas station when his life was suddenly set on a new path toward spiritual awakening in 2021. “I had asked her what kind of music do you listen to, are there any shows you watch? She said, ‘Well, you know I really like watching the show ‘The Chosen.’ I’ve watched More... 

Changes coming for Christian initiation

By Jeff Hines, Published: April 6, 2023   

New English and Spanish translations of the Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (“Ritual para la Iniciación cristiana de adultos” in Spanish) are in the final stages of review by the Vatican Dicastery for Divine Worship in Rome. The current U.S. edition of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults was released in 1988, along with the corresponding Spanish translation. This 1988 edition is still in effect. It is not to be replaced until Rome issues More...