The Coming Home Network International was established to help inquiring non-Catholic clergy as well as laity come home and then be at home in the Catholic Church. Through the one-on-one outreach of our pastoral staff, our monthly CHNewsletter, regional retreats, and our online community forums and groups, we strive to ensure that each person touched by grace has the fellowship and resources they need to discover the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. In particular, The Coming Home Network seeks to assist non-Catholic clergy who often face acute difficulties and struggles during their journeys.
- Contacts, assistance, and fellowship for those who are exploring the teaching and history of the Catholic Church, and are considering coming into full communion with the Church;
- Continued fellowship and encouragement for those who have entered the Church and want to live fully Catholic lives;
- Conversion stories to provide inspiration for those on the journey and those already Catholic.
- Books and other resources that give clear expressions of the Catholic Faith.
We strove to follow Jesus with our whole hearts and this led us somewhere we never expected: the Catholic Church.
Though not generally known, non-Catholic clergy and laity from across the denominational spectrum are coming home to the Catholic Church. They come with great enthusiasm and commitment to follow Jesus Christ wherever He leads, even if this means coming out of their previously comfortable and familiar spiritual surroundings into the Catholic Church. Many of them come with great gifts for ministry, including years of training and experience, along with information and ideas for authentic Church renewal.
This journey can also be traumatic. It often results in the loss of friends and family, as well as the loss of career and financial support. It usually requires a rethinking of one’s doctrinal and moral convictions, as well as one’s vocation as a child of God. Sometimes the most difficult part of the journey occurs after they have come home. The CHNetwork was established to help these clergy and laity come home and then be at home in the Catholic Church.
The purpose of the CHNetwork is to assist the Catholic Church in fulfilling its mission of evangelization and its call for Christian unity, as proclaimed by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical, “That They May Be One” (Ut Unum Sint).
Certainly, every convert is a gift to the Church and represents a serious responsibility for her…especially in the case of adults, such converts bring with them a kind of new energy, an enthusiasm for the faith and a desire to see the Gospel lived out in the Church. They would be greatly disappointed if , having entered the ecclesial community, they were to find a life lacking fervor and without signs of renewal! We cannot preach conversion unless we ourselves are converted anew every day. – John Paul II, Redemptoris Missio, 47
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, these clergy and their families discovered with surprise that there were many others being drawn by the Spirit to take the same journey “home.”
To help bring these inquirers and converts together, we started the CHNewsletter and scheduled gatherings and 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.
The CHNetwork has been featured on EWTN television and radio as well as in national publications such as Our Sunday Visitor, The National Catholic Register, Christianity Today, This Rock, Lay Witness, and The Catholic Answer.
We have also received great encouragement from such Church leaders as Francis Eugene Cardinal George, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Bishop Robert J. Baker, Mother Angelica of EWTN, Karl Keating of Catholic Answers, Patrick Madrid, Dr. Thomas Howard, Dr. Scott Hahn, and Fr. Michael Scanlan, former President and Chancellor of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.