Father Jerry grew up in Napa, California. His mother had been Catholic but he was baptized Presbyterian. After his baptism, his parents never brought him back to church. As a teen, while on a tour in Austria, he had an encounter with God in Salzburg Cathedral. Upon his return, he told his father he wanted to […]
Father Leo was baptized Catholic and brought up in a Catholic home in Baltimore, Maryland. When young he was bored at Mass and questioned his faith. His heart was turned to the Lord at a parish mission where the priest explained the Mass step by step. God gave him a hunger for Jesus in the Holy […]
Father Shane was raised by a single mother. His parents divorced when he was six months old. His mother had been brought up Catholic but it wasn’t a good experience for her. His father was almost every religion until the end of his life when he died in the grace of Christ in the Catholic Church. In consequence, […]
Father Greg was raised in a Catholic family but, though he believed in God, he only remembers praying with his heart twice when he was young. Sadly, he had next to no catechesis. Even though he attended Mass he did not know the faith. When he was a junior in high school, a friend asked […]
Father Bill grew up in a Catholic family in St. Charles, Missouri. In college he became involved, beginning with Yoga, in Eastern meditation and eventually the New Age Movement. He became so involved that for fifteen years he taught Transcendental Meditation. His return to the Catholic faith began when he became involved with a Rosary group […]
Deacon Rick was brought up Catholic but by high school he had lost his faith. He believed in God but religion was the last thing on his mind. While in college, he began to read the Bible for the first time, while attending a Church of Christ fellowship. After giving his life to Jesus Christ he dropped […]
I chose to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church when it became apparent to me that I no longer could confess the Creed, in which I made the claim to believe in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church and not be in communion with the Bishop of Rome, the Successor of St. Peter, and Pastor of the universal Church.
Fr. Oswalt grew up in a nominal Methodist family, with parents who believed that the Catholic Church was evil. Even so, by the time he was 14 he felt a calling to be a priest. In high school a friend invited him to take photos at his wedding in an Episcopal parish. He felt very much […]
Fr. Tyson grew up in a Lutheran family on Luther’s Small Catechism. As a teenager, he began to question such Protestant pillars as “sola Scriptura” and the equating of concupiscence with personal sin. He thought to himself, if we can’t cooperate with God, because of total depravity, what it the purpose of living a moral […]
Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D., is a former minister of the Episcopal Church. In 1963 he was received with his wife, Ruth, and their five children into the Catholic Church. Twenty years later, he was ordained to the priesthood of the Catholic Church, with a dispensation from the rule of celibacy. Currently, he serves as chaplain for Catholics United for the Faith and on the boards of both that apostolate and The Coming Home Network. He is also a regular columnist for The Catholic Answer Magazine, and he serves as an assistant at St. Peter’s Church in Steubenville, Ohio.