Two Journeys, One Destination – Conversion Story of Richard and Ruth Ballard

May 7, 2012 | 3 responses

Ruth: That Good Friday, I carefully took out white construction paper and the big, thick crayons that normally were reserved for my coloring books. Slowly, and very deliberately, I drew three crosses, the middle one in red. I don’t know how long I sat there, but I remember talking to Jesus in my own child-like way. That is my first memory of prayer or any understanding, however rudimentary, of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross for the sins of the world. I was a preschooler, not yet attending kindergarten, but this memory is still so vivid and detailed that it doesn’t seem that almost fifty years have passed.

Toward the Celestial City – Conversion Story of Dr. Frank Hermann

April 23, 2012 | one response

Browsing the religion section of the local used bookstore, I caught sight of a peculiar volume, the black and red ink on the spine contrasting sharply against the drab surroundings. “Now, there’s an oxymoron!” I thought to myself as I reflected on the book’s title, which read Catholic and Christian. Intrigued by the apparent paradox, I reluctantly grasped the book from the shelf and began reading, beginning with the ornate back cover. The author was a certain Dr. Alan Schreck, a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. His objective was simple—to clarify Catholic doctrine for the many Catholic and non-Catholic Christians who misunderstand it. At $4.50 the paperback seemed a bargain I couldn’t afford to ignore. Little did I know that this meager investment would pave the foundation for my journey home to the Catholic Church.

No Neutral Ground – Conversion Story of Katie Plato

April 16, 2012 | 15 responses

Since becoming Catholic, I have been asked numerous times “why?” “Why are you doing this?” Many Catholics have asked with excitement in their voices, and my non-Catholic family and friends have asked with dismay.Interestingly, no one asks void of emotion.

The Eucharist Will Satisfy the Longing Heart – Conversion Story of Brent Stubbs

April 2, 2012 | 7 responses

As I try to recount my journey into the Catholic Church, I feel as if I could write from so many different perspectives: history, the sacraments, the saints, Mary, or contraception. All of these words characterize, in part, my reasons for becoming Catholic. I feel like each represent a small book I could write. In this story though I want to connect how I believe my particular Protestant tradition prepared the way for my entrance into the Church. I pray it will encourage many more to fulfill the prayer of Christ “that all of them may be one as I and the Father are one” (John 17:21).

Dr. Peter Huff: Former Southern Baptist – The Journey Home Program

January 30, 2012 | no responses

Dr. Peter Huff holds the Besl Chair, and endowed chair of the Ethics/Religion and Society program at Xavier University, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Huff’s has written the book “Vatican II, Its Impact on You.”

Glimpses of Divine Humor – Conversion Story of Andrew M. Seddon, M.D.

December 27, 2011 | 3 responses

On the rare occasions when I attempt the impossible task of imagining what heaven might be like, I envision saints — but not the dour, stern, serious saints of so much artwork. I imagine smiling saints with a humorous twinkle in their eyes. Saints such as Aidan, Cuthbert, Columba, and Patrick; an eighth-century pilgrim to the Holy Land from Byzantium (more of him later); and closer in time and experience, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.

Why smiling saints? Because, looking back along my path to the Catholic Church, I can see the instances of humor that God used along the way, glinting like flecks of gold sprinkled in a vein of quartz.

Randy Hain: Former Southern Baptist – The Journey Home Program

December 26, 2011 | no responses

Co-founder & senior editor of the “Integrated Catholic Life” e-magazine.

Deeper in Christ – Conversion Story of Chris Birkbeck

December 12, 2011 | 7 responses

 Deeper in Christ by Chris Birkbeck  On March 22, 2008, just two months shy of my thirty-sixth birthday I entered into full communion with the Catholic Church. I stood before the altar and, in front of the full parish congregation, testified and professed that I believed all of the doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church […]

Our Search for Truth – Conversion Story of Corey and Katherine Huber

November 10, 2011 | one response

Our Search for Truth by Corey and Katherine Huber Preface I have often considered God’s providence in my Baptist upbringing. Throughout my adult life a thankfulness for the gift of a moral Christian upbringing has grown within me. And I count myself blessed that I recognized this soon enough to express my thanks to my parents […]

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