New Age


Fr. Bill Kneemiller: Returned to the Catholic Faith from the New Age

October 27, 2014

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 that emphasized praying from the heart. Through this he realized that prayer was relationship and a grace and not just a meditative technique. Father Bill is now a priest of the Diocese of Davenport, ... more

Jody Morse: Former Presbyterian Who Became Catholic

September 29, 2014

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 she met a Catholic friend who began to have religious conversations with her. This was the beginning of the path that would lead her home to the Catholic Church. ... more

Sean Chapman: Revert from Secularism

August 25, 2014

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 hunger for God but he wanted to get to him on his own and on his own terms. In high school, Sean began his journey back to God through an introduction to the ... more
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Into the Fold

June 10, 2013

Until September 2011, I had no interest in religion at all. Although I was christened into the Church of England, I did not practice and, as my father was a complete atheist, I was in fact encouraged not to practice the Christian faith. I grew up in the Southeast of England and attended Church of England schools where we had religious instruction in the Protestant faith, in which I had very little interest. ... more
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Kelly Nieto: Former Atheist/New Age

January 28, 2013

Kelly Nieto grew up in a home where sin, God and religion had no place.  As a result, for the first 35 years of her life, Kelly battled with an emptiness which could not be defined nor filled.  It led her to seek the fame and riches of the world.  Winning the title as Miss Michigan (and being Miss America, runner-up) opened up opportunities for her.  But it also heightened the feelings of purposelessness and led her into the lures of new age and the occult.  In her moving testimony, Kelly ... more
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Highway to Heaven

November 26, 2012

Three years after returning to the Catholic Church and prior to writing my autobiography in the fall of 2009, my mother and I embarked upon a Catholic pilgrimage to the churches of my youth. Reconnecting with this origin meant going on a pilgrimage to the Midwest and visiting all the Catholic churches that had been part of my early childhood. This pilgrimage, my mother and I had decided, would begin at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, which was the very place where I had received the ... more
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From Pain to Peace

August 20, 2012

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 ... more

A Child Who Led Me — From Liberal Feminism to Life

December 20, 2011

A feminist rebellion ... more
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Dr. Brennan Pursell: Former Neo-Pagan

April 12, 2010

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 Germany. While reading the sermons of St. Ambrose of Milan, he felt Christ calling him to faith. In response he was received into full-communion with the Catholic Church while still in Germany. Dr. Pursell is ... more

Dr. Paul Williams: Buddhist Who Became a Catholic Christian

February 17, 2003

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 John Henry Newman’s library in Littlemore, England. ... more

Lord David Alton: Life-long Catholic and English Lord

November 11, 2002

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 special 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 of its support of abortion and cloning. In 1997, he was made the youngest life Peer of the House of Lords, choosing to sit as an Independent Crossbencher. ... more
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Michelle Willis: Revert to the Catholic Church from the New Age Movement

April 22, 2002

Michelle was reared in a Catholic family. In high school, she found a book in her house about Yoga and soon began to follow its teachings. Yoga was a door to the occult, which led her away from the Church. She worked as a teacher for 18 years and saw the subtle ways anti-Christian agendas were undermining children’s morality. Michelle had a conversion experience that led her back to the Catholic Church. ... more