Deacon Jeffrey Lewis: Former Episcopalian – The Journey Home

September 28, 2015 | no responses

Deacon Jeffrey grew up in an Episcopal parish, in Maine, where his family had worshiped for many years. His faith in God was very personal and didn’t depend much on the local faith community, but in collegeit faded away. After he married an Irish Catholic girl, both of their faiths continued to be compartmentalized, attending church […]

Fr. Jerry Brown: Former Episcopal Priest – The Journey Home

August 31, 2015 | one response

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 […]

Fr. Shane Tharp: Formerly Unchurched

May 4, 2015 | one response

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, […]

Fr. Greg Paffel: A Catholic Who Returned from the Assembly of God – The Journey Home Program

November 24, 2014 | one response

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 […]

Fr. Bill Kneemiller: Returned to the Catholic Faith from the New Age – The Journey Home Program

October 27, 2014 | 4 responses

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 David Miller: Former Lutheran – The Journey Home Program

July 28, 2014 | no responses

Deacon David was born and raised Lutheran. His grandmother made sure that he was at Sunday school every week. He would read the Bible under his covers at night. Even with this background, after confirmation, he stopped attending church. For about 15 years he drifted spiritually. At one time he wanted something to hang from […]

Fr. M. Price Oswalt: Former Episcopalian – The Journey Home Program

July 21, 2014 | no responses

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 Wood: Former Lutheran Minister – The Journey Home Program

June 16, 2014 | 2 responses

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 […]

Fr. Jürgen Liias: Former Episcopal Priest – The Journey Home Program

May 19, 2014 | no responses

Born in the Black Forest Region of post-war Germany, Fr. Jürgen came to America, with his parents, in 1952. The family was given shelter by an Episcopal priest in Massachusetts. His new pastor had a profound effect on him and the call to ordained minister was present as far back as he can remember. Ordained an […]

Bishop Kevin Vann: Lifelong Catholic – The Journey Home Program

May 5, 2014 | no responses

Bishop Vann is the bishop of the Diocese of Orange, California. Formerly, he was bishop of Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in an active and faithful Catholic family in Springfield, Illinois.  Bishop Vann’s first degree was in Medical Technology and he worked in that field for several years. He wanted to serve people even […]

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