Msgr. Stuart Swetland: Former Lutheran
Msgr. Swetland was raised, in Pennsylvania, by devout Lutheran parents. At the age of five he had thoughts of becoming a minister. From his family and congregation he learned a spirit of service, an idea that eventually led him to apply to the US Naval Academy, where he studied Physics. For most of his Naval days he was not a practicing Christian. However, he won a Rhodes scholarship to read Philosophy at Oxford University. There he was reawakened to the faith and began attending an Evangelical Anglican church. Still, though, he had a nagging sense of being incomplete. Under the guidance of a Catholic priest he was introduced to the Catholic Church and was later ordained a Catholic priest.