Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Carla Riach facilitates the Rite of Christian Initiation at San Xavier Mission, Tucson, Arizona. Typically, this means meeting with those individuals desiring to enter the Catholic Church in a space at San Xavier Mission. Recently, however, Sister is pictured with Bishop Weisenburger, Father Bill Minkel, OFM and the four Catechumens from San Xavier Mission at the Rite of Election March 6, 2022 at the Cathedral of St. Augustine. This is a day of feeling part of the bigger diocesan church. Three of the Catechumens are Native Americans- Diane Carrington, Roderick Cannon (Tohono O’odham) Melissa Boneo (Yaqui). Randel Myers is a teacher at San Xavier Mission School. Each person was also accompanied by a sponsor, someone who is committed to walking with them on this journey of faith.  Catechumens and sponsors are blessed to form a supportive community as they move closer and closer to Easter.

The Bishop’s message was how special the catechumens are and that God has chosen them. He is the one who initiated this journey into the Church. With every call there is a mission. God is calling them to love others as He has loved them.