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 […]
Jody was brought up in the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination. She was very active in her church as a child. After her parents’ divorce she began to be alienated from her former faith. After a failed marriage she got involved into Yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism and Wicca. Later she became active in a Unitarian-Universalist congregation. At work […]
Sean was raised in a nominally Christian church hopping family. His father was Episcopalian and his mother Catholic. Sean was baptized Catholic and had his first confession but was not raised in the Church. Even so, he knew that God is real and personal, though he didn’t have much use with organized religion. He had a […]
Caroline Burt was born in England into an atheist family and, later in life, delved deep into the New Age Movement. One day, she was unexpectedly drawn into a Catholic church as she was passing by and her life has never been the same.
“I was fighting so many demons that I lost track of where they came from and how they were manifested. I became enslaved to spiritual poverty, sexual depravity, and a greed for money that would take its toll on my emotions and psyche for years to come. Everything in life seemed easily disposable, especially my money, which I spent lavishly to maintain my steady diet of alcohol and drugs that would salve my emotional pain.”
I was born in the ghettoes of Chicago’s South Side in 1961. My first memories are of dilapidated apartments, window frames without windows, trash strewn on the streets, urine-soaked alleys, and a neglected-derived independence. As a three-, four-, and five-year-old, I remember many times coming and going from the apartment my mother, siblings and I shared while my mother, an active alcoholic at that time, had friends over from morning till night — days filled with card games, cigarette smoke and all the beer and vodka they could want. When I was about seven years old, my father, whom I had only met once, came to the apartment announcing that my six siblings and I were going with him. It was the last time I would see my mother for years. Much later, my father told us my mother told him she was moving and leaving us at the apartment, and warned him that if he didn’t come get us, we would be abandoned.
Brennan was a California kid who had no faith formation. His spirituality was Neo-pagan and the philosophy of Nietzsche. In graduate school he was exposeded to the Catholic faith in history class. He began attending Masses and to learn who God is and what prayer is. He spent a summer at a Benedictine monastary, in […]
Dr. Williams was born into an Anglican family, but as a young academic he converted to Tibetan Buddhism. Some twenty years later he startled friends and colleagues by becoming a Catholic Christian. Dr. Williams is a professor of Indian and Tibetan religious philosophy at the University of Bristol, England. This episode was recorded in Blessed […]
Lord David Alton is a life-long Catholic. After attending the Jesuit run St. Edmund Campion School, he attended Christ College, in Liverpool. As a young man he taught needs children. He was elected to the House of Commons and served as an MP for 18 years. In 1992, he left the Liberal Democratic Party because […]