Hear the stories of Catholic Converts from a Pentecostal background and learn what led them to embrace the Catholic Church.
“[The early Church worship] was liturgical. Great preaching wasn’t the center. The moving of the Holy Spirit wasn’t the center. It was the Eucharist, the Blessed Eucharist. How strange to a Pentecostal to discover…”
– Deacon Alex Jones
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As I try to recount my journey into the Catholic Church, I feel as if I could write from so many different perspectives: history, the sacraments, the saints, Mary, or contraception. In this story though I want to connect how I believe my particular Protestant tradition prepared the way for my entrance into the Church.
I sat praying in a Catholic church at Holy Cross Monastery near Tombstone, AZ. I had accompanied my mother-in-law, who was mourning her husband. As I knelt, I prayed: “God, I don’t understand the Catholic Faith, but I’d like to…. If there is anything good here to learn, show me, teach me.”
One by one, each question I had about the Catholic faith found an answer. Like most converts, I found that many problems were resolved when I finally understood the truly Catholic position on a disputed matter, rather than the Protestant misconception of it.
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by Deacon Alex Jones
Alex Jones was an “on-fire” Pentecostal minister in Detroit. He greatly loved his people and they loved him. In seeking to give his flock the most genuine experience of the early Church prayer and worship services, he carefully read Scripture, the Fathers of the Church and writings of the early saints. The more he read, the more Alex came to the startling conclusion that the present day Catholic Church – and the Holy Mass – is the same exact “worship service ” from the very early Church. He began to share his findings with his parish, and eventually he, and most of his parish, joined the Catholic Church.
Edited by Marcus Grodi
Journeys Home contains the stories of men and women who, having surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ, heard a call to follow Him more completely. Many of them were pastors or missionaries. Others were lay men and women who, though working in secular jobs, took their calling to serve Christ in the world very seriously. In each case, their desire to follow Christ faithfully, and to remain faithful to the truth He taught and the Church He established through His apostles, led them to embrace the Catholic Church.
From Full Gospel To The Full Gospel: The Journey of a Pentecostal Minister to the Roman Catholic Church
by G. Francis Vonwald
“When I was a young minister I thought that I had the whole truth. I was a Pentecostal minister preaching what I thought was the full Gospel. Am I now saying that I was wrong. Actually, the answer is no. I simply didn’t have all the weapons for spiritual warfare. Had the Lord spoken to me to become a Catholic any earlier in my life, I would not have obeyed. I would simply have reasoned that it wasn’t the Lord speaking to me.”