Rite of Election Begins Lifelong Journey of Faith

TRUMBULL— “A loving and merciful God wants to lead us to greatness that has nothing to do with us,” Bishop Frank Caggiano told more than 250 men, women and young people who are preparing for full communion with the Church at Easter.

More than one thousand faithful including sponsors, family members and friends filled St. Theresa Church, the largest in the diocese, to near capacity for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion service celebrated this afternoon in Trumbull.

“Thank you for saying, yes, and allowing Jesus to change your life,” the bishop said, cautioning those in attendance not to be impressed with themselves and their own achievements. “The truth is we can do nothing without Jesus.”

During the service, each catechumen (non-baptized person) and candidate (those who were baptized but did not receive further sacraments) is invited to come forward and be welcomed by the Bishop in an act of recognition and admission.

With an emphasis on the need for preparation and readiness, the bishop urged all to continue to grow in the faith and deepen their understanding of God’s gifts to them.

“This is a journey not just to Easter, but to months and years ahead,” the bishop said to those seeking a life of faith and service. “You deserve to be sealed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to have a place at the Lord’s Eucharistic table.”

In his homily reflecting on the temptation of Jesus in the Gospel passage (Luke 4:1-13), the bishop said it was important not only to root out our own sinfulness and weaknesses during Lent, but also to “recognize, celebrate and give back to Jesus your strengths and talents.”

This liturgical rite, traditionally held on the first Sunday of Lent, is part of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process. It closes the period of formation and marks the beginning of the period of final preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation at Easter.

This year, 36 parishes sent candidates and catechumens to the Rite of Election Ceremony. St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Bridgeport has the highest number of people enrolled in its RCIA program with 47 candidates and 17 catechumens.

Rose Talbot-Babey, coordinator of Religious Education, read the names of each elect from the pulpit and called the catechumens, accompanied by their Godparents, to meet the Bishop and to sign the “Book of Election,” signifying their interest in joining the Church.

The Presentation of Candidates followed the welcoming of Catechumens. Candidates were accompanied by their priests and pastors as well as sponsors, who were asked to affirm them in unison.

Prayers and readings were said in both English and Spanish, and the Church was filled with applause at the conclusion of each rite.

Fr. Luke Suarez served as Master of Ceremonies. Music was provided by Dr. Carolina Flores, director of Music of St. Theresa Parish, and St. Theresa cantor Ava Wing.

In his closing remarks, The bishop thanked Fr. Brian Gannon, Pastor of St. Theresa parish, and all pastors and priests who accompanied those preparing to enter the Church.

After the ceremony long lines formed to personally greet the bishop, with many family members and friends taking photos on the joyful occasion.

(For more information regarding RCIA and Adult Formation, contact Rose Talbot-Babey, Coordinator of Religious Education: 203.416.1648 or

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Marck Colocho Kevin McKeon
Camila Arrascaeta Dayna Tran
Caroline Alfen Onyinye Anyafulu
Zulay Carranza  
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Kaylin Figueroa Cindy Zhao
Branden Moreno Michael Thomas
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Josie Ventura Sacred Heart, Georgetown
Sulma Jara Mitzi Cowell
St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield St. Cecilia, Stamford
Christopher Marlow Erica Martin
Austi Sposi
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Joseph Eigenberg St. Joseph, Shelton
Krystle Rag Steven R. Mikkanen, Jr.
Angela Torreblanca
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Milvian Chavez  
Juanita Diaz St. Mary, Bridgeport
Gerald Burgos
St. Thomas More, Darien Geraldine Burgos
Victoria Coghlin Juan Ocasio
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Heidi Velez Miledy Vicioso
Jaylynn Cabral Edgar Gerarte
Juleysi Cabral Our Lady of Guadalupe, Danbury
Marco Cordero Victor Manuel Arrieta-Laqcurain
Rosemary Cordero Yurleidy Tavares Pimentel
  Jennifer Quiroz Garay
  Claudia Garay
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Reinaldo Pereira  
Yuri Barral  
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Derek Saez  
Krystian Ddo Silva  
Jennifer Velaasquez  
George Cornejal  
Lesmi Vellanueza  
Henry Galicia  
Alexandra Nava  
Marlis Cordon  
Rafael Nava  
Sofia Paredes  
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Evan Erevalo  
Steven Bermudez  
Virginia Lopez  
St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull  
Weston Ulbrich  
Leticia Gonzales  
St. Roch, Greenwich  
Joshua Velasquez  
Robert Vargas  
St. Ann, Bridgeport  
Erica Juan  
Norberto Pena  
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Rachel Rossier Joseph Quisgard
Maga Kayalar  
Ryan Tomasini St. Mary, Ridgefield
Kristina Fox
St. Peter, Bridgeport Catharine Mosiej
Sandra Ventura Ivy Mosiej
Britney Morales  
Rubidia Ventura St. Pius X, Fairfield
Marisol Morales Christine Smith
Anna Pelletier
St. Jude, Monroe Hudson Woodward
Stephen Maddox  
Dorothy “Dottie” Connolly Our Lady of Peace, Stratford
Stephen Lawler
St. James, Stratford  
Jody Holm St. Paul, Greenwich
Brent Keating
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Melysa Smith St. Francis of Assisi, Weston
Isis Nicolle Arosemena
St. Thomas More, Darien  
Kelly Whipple Our Lady of the Assumption, Fairfield
Mark Bentley
St. Edward the Confessor, New Fairfield Kristi Prendi
Paul Poellot Ronald Carlona
Stefanie Marlow Alvato Prendi
Dominique Jean-Baptiste
St. Augustine Cathedral, Bridgeport Hugo Nyembwe
Hoai Nguyen  
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Irene Ruiz Grace Lohr
Heidi Mangines
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Emily Rivera Margarita Franco
Carlos Andigo Cecilia Flores
Nelson Mejias Jennifer Barragan
  Elizabeth Cuellar
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Michael Howley St. Matthew, Norwalk  
Scott Petrone Michael Morelli  
  Mitchell Holbrook  
St. Mary, Bethel Liliana Solis  
Jonathan Bermudez Cassandra Holbrook  
Samantha Lin Sean King  
  Dawn Vlicky  
St. Aloysius, New Canaan Isaias Martinez  
Mark Strachan    
Andrea Blake St. Joseph, Shelton  
  Shari Parson  
St. Andrew, Bridgeport Ivan Marin  
Jaklyn Zans Alves Melanie Isabella Rieva  
Romero Espana David Charles Peterson  
Jonathan Garcia Henry Rivera  
Lidisbelle Pacheco Maria Jose Soto  
Stanley Dubuisson Erika PiraLoza  
Eirsha Charles Carlos Espinal  
  Justin Espinal  
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Michael Thomas O’Melia Ericxion Alexander Gonzalez  
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Andrea McCabe Nicholas Vaccone  
Nicholas Farfone Jinelle Spagnuolo-Walker  
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Ana Granda-Flores  
Christopher Lepore  
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Anais Chang Ana Dos Santos  
Jazmin Barrientos Bruna Da Silva  
Rony Figueroa Kaigue Do Amaral  
Santiago Juarez Karla de Queiroz  
Edith Jurado Lucas De Lordes  
Jose Manuel Monterroso Magno Da Silva  
Raul Chavarria Maria Gomes  
Mirsa Castro Natalia Miranda  
Jessica Bravo Rosane Dos Santos  
Jaime Chavarria Sameer Ahmed  
Ana Ahumada Simone Oliveira  
Yuarah Vertil Stefanny Inacio  
Jorge Pajares Taina Costa  
Santos Hernandez Wesley Ribeiro  
Almendra Salcedo Caik Rodrigues  
  Jissel Amaro  
St. Mary, Bridgeport Jose Geminiano  
Leidy Callejas Brian Lopez  
Nataly De Leon Jasmine LaBaze  
Angel Sanchez Christian Echeverry  
Suzann Saquicela David Alvarez  
Giselle Valverde Jessenia Ortiz  
Christian Velsasco Jessica Ortiz  
Jeffrey Viteri Guillermo Bernal  
Yadira Viteri Edwin Loja  
  Christina Soriano  
  Eneysel Alvarado  
  Jose Fuentes  
  Karla Fuentes  
  Maria Fuentes  
  Ruben Dario  
  Ruth Pagán  
  Silvia Salazar  
  Ana Morel  
  Maria Nunez  
  Anderson Ruiz  
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Celia Luna Carolina Ardila  
Francisco Gonzalez Jhony Arteaga  
Jose Hernandez Carol Beltran  
Jose Ponce Jhon Borquez  
Natalia Pagaqn Sandra DeLeon  
Wilmer Jara Hamilton Siena  
Alan Marquez Carmen Martinez  
Alicia Aca Luz Martinez  
Tony Dias Darwin Siena  
  Claudio Pagan  
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Danbury Selvin de Jesus Perez  
Angel Pelalogico Salazar Malla Viviana Quintero  
Juan Carlos Rosa Nuñez Francisco Rodriquez  
Martha M. Pérez Perez Liliana Ulloa  
Nayda Ivette Pérez  Hernandez Carlin Vallejo  
José Ignacio Ortega Baez Mayra Vallejo  
Ana Leonor Llivicura Dumaguala Johana Vazquez  
Cristobal Cordova Solis    
Milvia Rosalba Borja St. Catherine of Siena, Trumbull  
Evelin Taveras Pérez Anna Bendiksen  
Rosa Idalia Posadas Acevedo Jessica Michelson  
Segundo Casimiro Pauta Pichazaca Joanne Coniglio  
Jessica Elizabeth Pauta Gallego Michelle Larkins  
Flor Marina Jara Illescas Ferdinand Cortinhas  
Rosa Huamani Riveros Monique Cortinhas  
Maritza Altagracia Garcia Aracena    
Estarlin Nuñez Nunes St. Roch, Greenwich  
Elizabeth Rodriguez Reina Herrera  
Melissa Yohana Bacila-Villalviv Kary Herrera  
Angel Richardo Marquez Marquez Mary Gutierrez  
Maria Elizabeth DaCosta Michelle Michaca  
Guiselle Valverde Mata Stephanie Michaca  
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