The Rite ofElection is held on the First Sunday of Lent and, in England and Wales, there is a liturgy in every diocese. The RCIA Network collates the figures from each diocese. This shows a snapshot of the catechumenate in England and Wales each year.
The table shows each diocese. The categories are Catechumens and Candidates. Catechumens are those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil. Candidates have been baptised in another Christian denomination and are seeking Reception into the Catholic Church through the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. The figures show both Adults and Children. Children are deemed to be of catechetical age (usually about 7) where they can have an understanding of what they are seeking and can articulate their faith. In recent years we have also noted the numbers of parishes present at the Rite of Election.
Rite of Election 2018
|Adult Cats.||Adult Cans.||Child Cats.||Child Cans.||Unknown||Total||Parishes|
|Arundel and Brighton||45||47||4||96|
|Hexham and Newcastle||24||103||5||132||29|