(L-r) Esmeralda Simgelmann, 25, Dennis Pinto, 18, and Yankey Hernandez, 20, are three of the 106 catechumens who will be entering the church this Easter at Our Lady of the Americas Mission, Lilburn.
Juan Carlos Gallardo holds up a sign to draw the attention of his church parishioners.
The Gambian Christian Organization of Atlanta Choir, based out of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta;
The Gambian Christian Organization of Atlanta Choir, based out of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atlanta, sings for the crowd prior to the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at the Atlanta Civic Center, Feb. 26.
(L-r, end seats) Candidate Song Paul and catechumens Yoo Mi Hur and Sung H. Yoon stand during the processional hymn. Paul and Hur are from St. Andrew Kim Church, Duluth, and Yoon is from the Korean Martyrs Church, Doraville.
Deacon Art Lerma of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta, prepares to read the Gospel.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory;
Rite of Election 037
Bishop Luis Zarama, Auxiliary Bishop of Atlanta, addresses the congregation in Spanish after Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory spoke to them in English.
Bill Garrity reads the names of the 40 catechumens from Transfiguration Church, Marietta.
Rite of Election 052
With a prayerful kiss of peace, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory acknowledges the names in the Book of the Elect during the presentation of the catechumens.
Robin Kirk of St. Brigid Church, Johns Creek, reads the names of the nine catechumens from her North Fulton County parish.
Bonifacio Velasquez of St. Bernadette Church, Cedartown, reads off the names of the 21 catechumens from his parish.
The Cathedral of Christ the King's Teresa Vigil and Aida Buzeta read the names of the catechumens from their parish.
(L-r) Catechumens Mary and Nayomi Caraballo of St. George Church, Newnan, stand with their mother Carmen Oponte.
During the call to continuing conversion Holy Cross Church candidate Joan Haddad, center, stands with her sponsor Kathy Szabo.
Rite of Election 095
People exiting the Atlanta Civic Center;
A group of catechumens, candidates and their sponsors from St. Anna Church, Monroe, gather for a photo after the Feb. 26 Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at the Atlanta Civic Center.