We have come from all religious backgrounds and walks of life. Many of us were even pastors or missionaries who wanted nothing more than to continue serving Our lord Jesus Christ. Humbly, we share with you the stories of how the Holy Spirit moved us to seek the Body of Christ and the unity for which He prayed.

Fr. Bonaventure Chapman – Former Calvinist and Episcopalian

June 20, 2017

The Journey Home

Fr. Bonaventure Chapman was always a good student in math, and he found the mathematical determinism of John Calvin’s theology appealing from a young age.  As he pursued theological studies into his college years, he found himself at Oxford University in England, encountering the works of John Henry Newman and the rich patrimony of the Catholic Church.  Fr. Bonaventure Chapman was ordained a Dominican priest in May of 2017. ... more

Br. Martin Davis, O.P. – Former Methodist

June 13, 2017

The Journey Home

Ever since he can remember, Br. Martin Davis has tried to ask good questions about theology, philosophy, and history.  As a student at Hillsdale College, those questions all seemed to converge as he began to wonder what the truest, most authentic form of Christianity was.  How could he find a tradition that safeguarded orthodoxy, but also had a commitment to the corporal works of mercy?  Eventually, despite his initial reservations, ... more

No Longer Adrift

June 6, 2017

Written Stories

A native of South Carolina and the last​ of five children, I was raised in a Southern Baptist home. My mother was brought up in the Baptist tradition; my father in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. My father became Baptist in 1973, when I was two, so the home that I grew up in was markedly pious — somewhat different from the generically religious home of my siblings. I was converted at a ... more

Fr. Richard Rojas – Former Presbyterian and Anglican Priest

June 6, 2017

The Journey Home

Fr. Richard Rojas was a semi-pro skateboarder who found meaning through a personal relationship with Jesus.  His first real experience preaching was sharing his testimony at skate rallies.  Realizing he needed an education to present the Gospel more thoroughly, he went on to seminary, eventually becoming a Presbyterian military chaplain, and then an Anglican priest before being received into the Catholic Church through the the provisions opened up by Pope ... more

“The whole world became an experience of God’s grace for me.”

May 26, 2017

Signposts

Emily Stimpson Chapman grew up Catholic, but didn’t experience a personal encounter with Christ until meeting an Evangelical friend in college.  Asking questions about the role of Scripture in Christianity and understanding the meaning of the Eucharist were major factors in her return to the Catholic Church. ... more

Jackie and Tim Oglesby – Converts from the Charismatic Renewal

May 26, 2017

The Journey Home

Jackie and Tim Oglesby were both lifelong Christians, who both experienced the tragic loss of a spouse and wondered what God had in store for them next.  They met each other as they were both finding a new way of relating to Christ through the Charismatic renewal, and began to seek the Lord together.  Through a series of encounters with more liturgical expressions of faith, they eventually found themselves drawn ... more

My Journey to the Catholic Church

May 23, 2017

Written Stories

I was born to lifelong Lutherans (ELCA) who, of course, baptized all their kids Lutheran. I was baptized on December 28, 1980 — a date that I realized, soon after my conversion, as the Feast of the Holy Innocents. I sometimes wonder why I wasn’t baptized sooner given that I was born six weeks prematurely, but I suppose that in Lutheran circles baptism isn’t considered crucial for newborns, even premature ones. ... more

How Teaching the Bible to Atheists Led Me to the Catholic Church

May 15, 2017

Written Stories

I clearly remember the moment I became a Christian. I don’t recall how old I was exactly, probably six or seven, but it was a Sunday afternoon and I had been to church that morning. Something about Sunday School must have made an impression on me, because I asked my mother to come to my room to talk to me about getting saved. She graciously led me in a ... more

“You have to love the whole Christ. Not just Jesus, the head, but His body, the Church.”

May 12, 2017

Signposts

Michael spent a good portion of his childhood in Israel, and his mother was a convert to Judaism. Growing up in the Holy Land, he was surrounded by the places where the Scriptures were written, and he developed a love for the story of salvation. When Michael relocated to the United States, his faith was put to the testing point both intellectually and morally, and he began to take seriously ... more

John Knutsen – Former Atheist

May 11, 2017

The Journey Home

John Knutsen from the Office of Adult Faith Formation in the Diocese of Arlington joins Marcus Grodi to talk about what led him away from his Catholic upbringing, and what led him back.  Family tragedy and a world that seemed emptied of God’s presence caused him to reject Christianity altogether, but a desire for purpose in a supposedly meaningless life continued to bother him.  Through reading Merton, Chesterton, Augustine ... more