Fr. Shane Tharp: Formerly Unchurched

May 4, 2015 | no responses

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, […]

Jamie & Jack McAleer – A Former Lutheran and a Revert from the World

April 20, 2015 | no responses

Jack grew up Catholic in Mobile, Alabama. His parents were great role models for the faith. They lived only three doors from the church and Jack was a regular altar server. With all of this, Jack says he didn’t learn that he should have a personal relationship with Jesus. Jamie’s upbringing was different. She came […]

Gary Zimak: A Revert From The World

January 26, 2015 | no responses

Gary was brought up in a traditional Polish Catholic home. He attended Catholic school and attended weekly Mass. He had a very basic relationship with God. He would pray when he wanted God’s help. Sadly, outside of church faith was not a part of his life. Continually seeking the Lord’s peace, he still continued to […]

Joshua Bowman: A Former Anglican

January 19, 2015 | no responses

Joshua was raised Episcopalian. The family faithfully attended Sunday school and liturgy every week. Sadly, church was more of an apostrophe of the week than a major factor of the family’s life. As he grew older, Joshua drifted further away from faith into classical liberalism. By high school he was Episcopal in name only.  After many […]

I Found Jesus in a Graveyard – Conversion Story of Joshua Bowman

December 29, 2014 | one response

My journey of faith began in the Cub Scouts at the age of eleven, working towards my religious medal. While the priest was explaining the Episcopalian theory of the Eucharist, I was daydreaming, my fingers doodling in the plush, cream-colored carpet. It would be an understatement to say that my soul did not burn for […]

Marcus Daly: A Worldly Catholic Returns Home – The Journey Home Program

October 6, 2014 | one response

Marcus grew up in Pennsylvania in a Catholic family. Unfortunately, because of family issues, he had an anxious childhood.  Even so, they never missed Mass, though there was not a profound faith life in his home and his catechesis was not very strong. Because of this, the allure of the World, especially in music, drew him away from the […]

Sean Chapman: Revert from Secularism – The Journey Home Program

August 25, 2014 | no responses

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 […]

John Lillis: Catholic Revert – The Journey Home Program

August 11, 2014 | no responses

John was born and abandoned in a hospital in San Francisco. He was adopted into a loving Irish Catholic family. In the early 1970′s he was given a very confused and lacking education of the faith in the parochial schools. At the same time some older neighbor boys exposed him to hard core pornography. In […]

Leslie Blackwell: Revert from Secularism – The Journey Home Program

May 12, 2014 | 4 responses

Leslie grew up in an active Catholic home. As a child she loved everything Catholic. The many social changes of the 1960′s and the distractions of college drew her away from the faith. After college she obtained a position as a TV talk show host. Soon after she found she was pregnant. Seeing no other alternative, she […]

Hope that the World Cannot Give – Conversion Story of John Nahrgang

January 28, 2013 | no responses

Even as a sophomore I knew that I wanted to attend Notre Dame. Its Catholic identity wasn’t really a factor at all; its academic reputation, quality of student life (as reported by Princeton Review), and the memories of my first visit there drove my decision. I didn’t know what to make of Catholicism at all. One of the essays on the Notre Dame application dealt with a “spiritual topic” of our choosing. I chose to write about my impressions of Siddhartha by Herman Hesse.

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