Catechism of the Catholic Church


Jack Tripp: A Baptist Who Returned to the Catholic Faith

October 20, 2014

Jack was brought up as a Boston Irish Catholic. Even though he was Catholic and the family prayed daily, the faith was never talked about in his home. When Jack graduated from high school in 1974, he took a Navy ROTC scholarship to attend the University of Rochester because he realized his parents didn’t have the money for college. After college, he gave his four years to the Navy, working in Lakehurst, N.J., on mechanisms to catch planes landing on aircraft carriers. After the Navey, he earned an MBA ... more

George Washington Made Me Catholic

October 13, 2014

My mother was raised in the Methodist Church. My father was raised Catholic, but his graduation ceremony at Roger Bacon Catholic High School may have been the last day he ever attended to Mass. He went on to study philosophy at Seattle and Xavier universities. And — imagine this — he became an atheist. My parents met in Cincinnati, and dad finished his degree while mom was studying at Morehead State University in Kentucky. ... more
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Chris Zajdzinski: Former Baptist

December 3, 2012

Growing up in the Chicago area, Chris Zajdzinski describes his Baptist upbringing as a great formation and experience.  He felt a close personal relationship from an early age, though he was not baptized until much later.  At 17, his family moved to Arizona and became heavily involved in a nondenominational church.  It was there he met his wife.  Following a decade of ministry, a pastor friend challenged him about the importance of God’s kingdom in his life.  This led to a focused period of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Chris ... more
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Nancy Groom: Former Presbyterian via the Reformed Church

May 30, 2011

Author Nancy Groom shares her faith journey which began and continued for many years in the Christian Reformed Church.  Her Calvinist theology formed the basis of her perception of God as sovereign but distant, and established a disconnect from her presented self versus the reality of her true, but hidden, self.  Coupled with the fact of living with an alcoholic father and a probable alcoholic husband, Nancy sought control of every aspect of her life.  Not until beginning to confront the role that she was playing in the demise of ... more
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Eben Emerson: Former Church of Christ Minister

January 31, 2011

Eben Emerson was raised by his mother in northwest Arkansas.  Even though there was a pentecostal church next door,  his family had no faith affiliation.  Nonetheless, at age 7, seeds were planted in Eben from his friend who worshipped at that church.  Over time, Eben would come to learn about Jesus and prayer through his study of scripture.  In 1993, at the age of 16, he was baptized and became a member of the Church of Christ.  He was a changed man and was soon offered to preach in a rural church.  This ... more
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Marcus Grodi: The Beatitudes I Never Saw

October 6, 2008

In this special episode of the Journey Home, Marcus talks about the Beatitudes taught by our Lord Jesus Christ in his Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes may be found in the Holy Scriptures in the Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-12. ... more
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Gerald & Jennifer Tritle: Former Orthodox Reformed Presbyterian

September 27, 2004

Gerald was born into a Lutheran family but stopped attending church when he was seven. As a young adult he joined a Pentecostal Church. Jennifer was raised by very ministry-orientated parents from a Nazarene background. They met while Gerald was on a business trip to California. After they were married they church hopped for a while and eventually joined the Orthodox Reformed Presbyterian Church, where Gerald became an Elder. While attending seminary he was required to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so as to define how the Catholics ... more
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Marcus Grodi: Former Presbyterian Minister

July 22, 2002

Marcus answers questions solo from the Journey Home audience. Marcus was reared Lutheran but, while in college, accepted Christ in a Charismatic Congregational church. After attending Gordon-Conwell seminary he was ordained a Congregational minister. Seeking doctrinal authority he became a Presbyterian minister. Still frustrated with his inability to know for certain whether what he preached was the Truth, a “chance” meeting with an old seminary classmate, Scott Hahn, started him on the road Home to the Catholic Church. ... more

Dean Henderson: Former Anglican Priest

August 27, 2001

Dean was raised outside of any Christian church. He was introduced to Christ, as a teen, through Young Life. Once he accepted the Lord Jesus, he never turned back, eventually attending seminary and being ordained an Anglican priest in Canada. Very soon he discovered that there was a need to defend the essentials of the Christian faith in the Anglican Communion in Canada. As a member of a group of Protestant ministers seeking to preserve historic Christian beliefs, he was introduced to Catholic teaching through the reading of St. John ... more
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Jimmy Akin: Former Presbyterian

July 21, 2000

James (these days he’s goes by Jimmy) was born in south Texas and grew up in the Ozarks in Arkansas. When he was little he parents attended the Church of Christ but stopped attending when he was about five. In high school he became involved in the New Age movement. In his early 20’s he began studying the Bible and fell in love with the Scriptures. Soon, he developed a desire to become a Presbyterian minister, in which denomination he now belonged. He fell in love with a Catholic ... more