mother of all vigils

Church welcomes thousands at ‘mother of all vigils’

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He baptized Lancer Li, a student from China studying at St. Louis University High School. Twenty-five SLUH students and faculty attended the service to support Li, whose family wasn’t able to be there to see him receive the sacraments.

WASHINGTON — During what the Roman Missal describes as the "mother of all vigils," the U.S. Catholic Church welcomed thousands of new Catholics at the Easter Vigil April 15 in churches big and small across the country.

About 60 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the United States reported numbers of catechumens and candidates entering the church in 2017 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. The Archdiocese of St. Louis reports numbers later in the year, after parishes submit statistics.

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