The Journey Home
Kandice Longstreth shares the role that Catholic radio played in leading her to the Catholic Church.
"A Theology Degree Isn't Worth Much in the Business World."
Ken Hensley looks at the career dilemmas Protestant pastors often face when they begin to find themselves drawn to the Catholic Church.
The Pentecostal Movement and the Catholic Church
Deep in History - Paul Thigpen
Paul Thigpen explores the history of Pentecostalism and how its view of the Holy Spirit compares with Catholic theology.
Baptism: Sacrament or Symbol?
CHNetwork Community Question
How did your previous Christian tradition view Baptism? CHNetwork members and readers are invited to weigh in:
The Top 10 Journey Home Episodes of 2017
We count down the ten most popular Journey Home episodes of 2017 – did your favorites make the list?
The CHNetwork Weekly Roundup
Our latest digest of original and curated Catholic content for converts and the curious.
"It was time to get my priorities in order."
Signposts - April Robbins
April Robbins had a series of experiences where she was confronted with death, and it led her to start taking the idea of faith seriously.
The Stone-Campbell Restorationist Movement
Deep in History - Bruce Sullivan
Bruce Sullivan looks at the Stone-Campbell movement of the 19th century, which originated the Churches of Christ and their associated congregations.
One Measly Little Doctrine, Part One
Article by Kenneth Hensley
As Ken Hensley dug into Christian history, he began to find that his Reformed understanding of Baptism was at odds with early Christian teaching about the sacrament.
The Journey Home
Lorelei Savaryn shares her conversion story with Marcus Grodi on The Journey Home.
Catholic Persecution in Mexico
Deep in History - Patrick Madrid
Patrick Madrid looks at the history of the persecution of the Catholic Church in Mexico under atheistic and Masonic rule.
Trusting Young Catholics with the Truth
Insights - Chris Reibold
Chris Reibold explains how he came back to his Catholic faith as an adult – and why he left it as a teenager.
Your Story is Our Mission
The Coming Home Network was established by converts to Catholicism to help clergy and laity of other Christian traditions discover the truth and beauty of the Catholic Church and to make the journey home. Whatever your faith background, we want to support and encourage you as you seek a closer relationship with Christ and His Church.
How Our Story Began
The CHNetwork began in 1993 out of the seemingly isolated experiences of Marcus and Marilyn Grodi and several other Protestant clergy and their spouses. Upon leaving their pastorates to enter the Catholic Church, they discovered with surprise that there were many others being drawn by the Holy Spirit to take the same journey.
Since then, the Coming Home Network has connected with thousands of other pastors and laypeople from a variety of denominational backgrounds. Humbly, we share with you the stories of how the Holy Spirit moved us toward the Catholic Church and the unity for which He prayed.
We Sought a Firm Foundation
We live in the “soup” of modern Christendom — hundreds, even thousands, of Christian movements, denominations, and associations, each with their own set of doctrines and lists of “essentials,” each increasingly more individualistic and detached from any formal connection to historic Christianity.
Still, the guiding light for the majority of non-Catholic Christians is the Bible alone. But if the Bible alone is sufficient, why are there so many contradictory opinions as to what is necessary for salvation, how we ought to live our lives, and whether belonging to a church — to any church — is even important?
Explore the questions and struggles that set us out on the path to rediscover our roots in the Catholic Church. Wherever you are on the journey, we’re here to help you find answers.
A Network for Catholic Converts and Those on the Journey
This journey can be difficult. It often results in the loss of friends and family, as well as the loss of career and financial support in the case of pastors or ministers. It usually requires a rethinking of one’s doctrinal and moral convictions, as well as one’s vocation as a child of God. It can be a very lonely experience. Sometimes the most difficult part of the journey occurs after one has come home. Inquirers and converts need the friendship of others who understand what they are experiencing.
It was to provide this sense of connection that the Coming Home Network was formed. We began to share conversion stories via our newsletter, to work with people on the journey to Catholicism and connect them with other converts, and to create new opportunities for fellowship, such as our online community and regional retreats. The fellowship grew and now every week the Lord adds new members as clergy and laity from other traditions seek assistance and encouragement as they consider coming home to the Catholic Church.
Abiding in Christ
The Christian life is far more than a one-time acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior. Jesus called all who would follow Him to abide in Him: to remain, continue, and by His grace conquer. This is why our Lord gave us more than a book to follow, but a Church to live in, and in which find the support we need to grow spiritually.
As you continue your journey, we want to be praying for you and helping you grow in prayer and your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Even the consideration of religious conversion can bring with it tremendous spiritual challenges. As you explore the Catholic Church, we want to help you stay steeped in prayer and growing in your spiritual walk with Christ.
A Difficult Road for Non-Catholic Clergy & Pastors
We realize that seekers, especially those in ministerial or leadership positions in non-Catholic traditions, can encounter many difficulties when their search for truth leads to the Catholic Church. Their family and friends may not understand this search. Their livelihood may be in jeopardy, and the path forward uncertain.
We are a network of former Protestant pastors and ministers who ourselves became Catholic and encountered the unique struggles such a journey entails. We are here to provide other journeyers with fellowship, resources, and advocacy as they make the journey home to Catholicism.