In our Lenten journey we are companions with the Catechumens and Candidates who have been elected to participate in the Sacraments of Initiation this Easter. They made their next step at the Rite of Election at the beginning of Lent in diocese across the country. Each year we collect the figures for the Rite of Election as a snapshot. Like most statistics they only begin to make sense in comparison to previous years. From year to year the figures go up and down. This year some dioceses have significantly more than last year, some have less. One general trend continues which is the:

  • growing proportion of Catechumens – i.e. those who are unbaptised seeking full Initiation.

One diocese has had significantly more Catechumens for a number of years. The other element is the

  • growing number of children.

Though this may reflect that we have not sought these figures every year. This year we also asked dioceses to provide the number of parishes present as another indicator,

What the figures are not is a short term barometer or opinion poll on the Catholic Church. Because event X happens in 2016 this does not have an immediate effect on the following Rite of Election. If nothing else it suggests a rushed process. Big events can effect and affect people but at its heart this is about individuals responding to God’s call in their lives and finding a place to understand and deepen that response in a local community.

Father of love and power,
it is your will to establish everything in Christ
and to draw us into his all-embracing love.
Guide the elect of your Church:
strengthen them in their vocation,
build them into the kingdom of your Son,
and seal them with the Spirit of your promise.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Rite of Election 2017

We are still awaiting the figures from a few dioceses which will be added as they become available.

 Diocese Adult Catechumens Adult Candidates. Child Catechumens Child Candidates Unknown Total Catechumens & Candidates Parishes
Arundel and Brighton 45 76 5 4 130 23
Birmingham 80 106 4 190 44
Brentwood
Cardiff 26 33 3 62
Clifton 22 43 65
East Anglia
Hallam 12 23 35
Hexham and Newcastle 32 91 2 125 25
Lancaster 12 31 43 16
Leeds 36 70 7 2 115 23
Liverpool 46 66 6 2 120
Menevia
Middlesbrough 10 23 3 36 14
Northampton 25 23 9 57 23
Nottingham 44 54 23 3 124
Plymouth 13  20 33
Portsmouth 41 88 1 2 132 39
Salford 30 41 2 5 78
Shrewsbury 22 46 68 21
Southwark 212 177 12 395 74
Westminster 260 308 568 113
Wrexham 2 4 2 8 3
 Totals 970 1323 70 21 2384

Rite of Election 2016

The RCIA Network provides a number of Resources for Lent.