Most members of the CHNetwork are well aware of Presbyterian clergy convert Dr. Kenneth Howell, both from his long involvement with our work, as well as his writings, lectures, and appearances on EWTN television and radio. For several years after his conversion to the Church in 1996, he served as the part-time assistant director and then later on the Board of the CHNetwork. It is with great joy that I can now announce officially that Ken is now the full-time Director of Pastoral Care for the Coming Home Network International.
I sat at work with my head in my hands looking at the computer screen. I couldn’t believe what I had just read. There was no possible way that was the truth. How could it be? I always thought that I was right and the Catholics were wrong. If the statement I had just read was true, it would mean so much would have to change. Yet, how could they be right? This was only supposed to be a harmless trip to EWTN.com in order to disprove my fiancée’s parents and their firm Catholic beliefs.
An atheist at an early age, Kevin’s experiences with the dramatic arts began a conversion process that, with the help of the writings of G. K. Chesterton, eventually brought him to the Catholic Church. O’Brien discusses how Scripture reveals the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist | Today’s Scriptures: John 6:48-58, 1 Cor 10:14-17, 1 Cor 11:23-30, John 6:48-58
I was born third of four boys to a family in Wisconsin; though most of my life growing up and starting my own family was spent just over the border in Minnesota. My father’s grandfather had emigrated from Namur, Belgium just after the American Civil War and joined America’s largest Belgian-American community in Door County, Wisconsin. My mother’s side had been in the U.S. much longer, descending from Scots-Irish ancestors. My grandfather, who died when my father was just 17, had married outside the Catholic Faith in about 1910 to a German-Lutheran woman; hence our part of the family was raised in the German-Lutheran faith, and our step-grandfather pastored a German-Lutheran church in northern Wisconsin for half a century.
Read the Bible and the Catechism in a Year! The Catholic Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures, and teaches that “Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.” She also, “forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful to learn ‘the surpassing knowledge of […]
Mr. Storck is a convert from Anglicanism and his conversion story was previously featured in our September 2011 newsletter.
More than once lately I have noticed in the Prayer List column of the Coming Home Network newsletter prayers for difficulties that individuals, new converts to the Catholic faith, are having in their adjustment to Catholic life.
It has been said that life is a journey and not a destination. For close to fifty years I followed a spiritual path that was shaped in and through the Anglican Communion. Choirboy, altar boy, priest, secretary to the Diocesan Synod, Franciscan friar, confessor to bishops, and chaplain at the 1998 Lambeth Conference, I have seen it all in Anglicanism.
Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer from Austin, Texas who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She maintains a popular blog ConversionDiary.com. As much as she loves writing, her favorite job is being mom to her five young children. | Today’s Scripture: Colossians 4:18, Luke 23:12