Fr. Jay Scott Newman: Former Episcopalian
Father Newman was raised in South Carolina by Christian parents but received little religious instruction. After attending a summer camp for gifted children, he was inspired by his teachers to become an atheist. As a teen he eagerly played the part of the Village Atheist. He chose to attend Princeton University to escape the “Christ-haunted South.” There he was befriended by Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, whose witness led him to accept God in Jesus Christ. He entered the Episcopal Church in January 1982, but his reading of the Church Fathers let him on to the Catholic Church, in November 1982.