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Catechumen from Lincoln finds answers as he journeys into the Catholic Church

Matt Bidwell of Lincoln (left) and his sponsor, Dan Landess, are pictured with Bishop Jenky after the Rite of Election on March 5. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

LINCOLN — Answers. Matt Bidwell looked for them for much of his 29 years. Standing in St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday for the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, he was certain he’d found what he had been seeking in the Catholic Church. He will be baptized with his son, Roman, […]

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Rite of Election, one of most ‘beautiful’ and ‘happiest’ events, welcomes 437

Sister Paulette Joerger, OP, of St. Malachy Parish in Rantoul introduces a candidate to Bishop Jenky during the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion last spring. This year's ceremonies will take place Feb. 18 and Feb. 25. (The Catholic Post file/Jennifer Willems)

As a Marine traveling the world, Matt Bidwell of Lincoln witnessed many ceremonies, but the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Peoria last Sunday eclipsed them all. “It was honestly one of the most beautiful events I’ve ever seen. This was so powerful,” said Bidwell, who will be […]

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