Father Rutler was brought up as a traditional Episcopalian in New Jersey. He was formed in the faith by his parents and grandparents. He was always devoted to Jesus and his sacraments. He does not know a time, since he was a boy, that he didn’t feel called to ministry. After college he attended seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest. He served in the Anglican ministry for almost ten years. As he saw the collapse of the Anglican Communion, the breakdown of authority and the denial of basic Christian truth and 2,000 years of Tradition, he came to realize that he must become a Catholic.