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After the excitement of being received into the Church, converts often find themselves a little lost as to how to become involved in Catholic life. Here are some hopefully helpful practical pointers for converts unsure of what to do next.

“We weren’t meant to be pew-warmers. After tasting the thrill of being used by God in my life as an evangelical, to go to sitting in my pew twiddling my thumbs was incredibly frustrating. The key was finding a spot where I could be used…”

– Lisa Brenninckmeyer, Wife, Mother, Founder of Walking With Purpose

So what should I do to become involved?

Start with prayer.

Ask God to remind you of the gifts He’s given you and to lead you where you belong in the Mystical Body of Christ.

We’re happy to pray for you as well! Contact us to make an anonymous prayer request or — even better — join the Coming Home Network and let us know how we can be praying for you.

“Lord, my God and my loving Father, you have made me to know you, to love you, to serve you, and thereby to find and to fulfill my deepest longings. I know that you are in all things, and that every path can lead me to you. But of them all, there is one especially by which you want me to come to you… Send your Holy Spirit to me: into my mind, to show me what you want of me; into my heart, to give me the determination to do it, and to do it with all my love, with all my mind, and with all of my strength right to the end.”

– U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Meet with your priest.

Converts will sometimes sit for months wondering how to become involved and never think to ask their priest what the needs of the parish are.

Learn about great Catholic apostolates.

Some may be serving within your own parish? Is the St. Vincent de Paul apostolate serving in your parish? Pro-Life ministries? Take some time to find out. There might be something right up your alley!

Seek out a small group.

Finding a small group committed to helping each member discover the fullness of what Christ has for them can be a great way to begin to build friendships and find a home in your parish.

Remain positive!

Your path to holiness, the primary way in which you “serve Christ” in this life is through faithful obedience to your station in life — whether it be as a wife and mother, husband and father, someone working in the world and seeking to lead others closer to God by your life. Whether you have a “formal ministry” in the parish is not the most important thing. It’s serving the Lord in the place the Lord has put you.

“Why don’t you try converting your whole life into the service of God? It is very much our mission to transform the prose of this life into poetry, into heroic verse.”

– St. Josemaria Escriva

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