Rite of Election Celebrated for Fourteen Adults Affiliated with U.S. Military Celebration marks penultimate step in process of before rebirth in Baptism

OCIA coordinators hold books of the elect from Catholic communities at six U.S. Military installations during the Rite of Election for 14 aspiring Catholics on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in Washington, DC.

WASHINGTON, DC — Fourteen aspiring Catholics affiliated with the United States Military, all based in greater Washington, celebrated the Rite of Election on Sunday, March 6, 2022, in the main chapel of the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, USA, presided at the 3:00 p.m. celebration.

Formally elected by the Catholic Church to receive the sacraments of initiation were members of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and spouses and children of service members from six U.S. Military installations. They included the following:

Of the U.S. Army:
Sergeant (Sgt.) Emmanuel Escamilla from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling;
Staff Sgt. Steven Gonzalez and Ms. Alycia Genoa from Fort Belvoir;
Ms. Roxana Cipriani from Fort Lee;

Of the U.S. Navy:
Lieutenant Kristin Anzalone from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall;
Midshipmen Harrison Morrow, Kai Saski, Kayla Sim, Brian Stricklan, and Eric Tingle from the Naval Academy;

Of the U.S. Marine Corps:
Sgt. William White, Ms. Ashley Pearce, and two children from Marine Corps Base Quantico.

The Rite of Election is the penultimate milestone in a months-long process of catechetical instruction, prayer and spiritual practice, and liturgies for unbaptized adults committed to becoming Catholics. The rite, ordinarily held on the first Sunday of Lent, is the third of four rituals observed as part of the Order of Christian Initiation for Adults (OCIA). After completing the Rite of Election, the catechumens are called “the elect” while undertaking, throughout the remainder of Lent, a period of purification and enlightenment—the final, intense preparation for the reception at Easter of the sacraments of initiation—baptism, confirmation, and Holy Communion.

Like other Catholic archdioceses and dioceses, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), celebrates the OCIA every year for adults committed to receiving Catholic baptism. The AMS process is unique, however, in that the Archdiocese’s mainly military population is spread all over the world—wherever U.S. Military personnel happen to be at any moment. Since it is practically impossible for all of the AMS’s catechumens based worldwide to gather at one time in Washington, DC, to celebrate the Rite of Election with Archbishop Broglio, those serving outside the National Capital Region celebrate the rite with the bishops in the dioceses where they happen to be located.