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.

“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

“Once you experience the Church from the inside, your views about it begin to change.”

May 5, 2017

Signposts

Joe Copeck grew up as a “Christmas and Easter” Catholic, but found a more fulfilling relationship with Jesus in the Lutheran Church, eventually becoming an ordained minister.  Discovering the importance of the Catholic Church’s authority to interpret scripture was a key factor in his decision to return to the faith tradition of his youth. ... more

Back Home in the Catholic Church

May 1, 2017

Written Stories

I was in second grade when I decided I wanted to be a nun when I grew up. My parents were progressive Catholics and very active in our local parish. I attended a Catholic school from first through seventh grade, which aided in my desire to become a nun. However, during my pre-teen years I was disillusioned​ with church. I remember wondering why I had to confess to a priest ... more

“Jesus Christ’s grace is bigger than anything that you’re going to bring to the table.” -Brother Martin Davis, O.P.

April 28, 2017

Signposts

In high school, Brother Martin Davis started to become restless, hopping from church to church to find which denomination might be the one that had the market cornered on truth.  A growing understanding of the nature of apostolic authority, as well as a greater appreciation for the Catholic Church’s impact on Western Civilization, led him first to become Catholic, and then to pursue religious life with the Dominicans. ... more

A God of Love

April 26, 2017

Written Stories

I was born to a family with deep roots in the Methodist church.  My great, great grandfather, John Wesley DeVilbiss, is historically remembered as the first to preach a Protestant sermon in San Antonio, Texas where I grew up.  He was also one of the Founding Fathers of Travis Park Methodist Church in San Antonio, and apparently was instrumental starting other churches along his travels.  There is a stained glass ... more