Sending of the Neophytes recognizes newest Catholics

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Sending of the Neophytes on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Sun., May 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

The 268 catechumens and candidates who were baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil were recognized, many of whom were in attendance.

In the Sending of the Neophytes ceremony, those who recently joined the Catholic Church in the diocese through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults are formally sent into the community to live out their faith in their parishes.