Laura Hinson

I Sought The Lord and He Found Me

August 22, 2016

2015 was the most spectacular year of my life. Something inside of me came alive. Things I never thought I would have time for as a working single mom, things like volunteering two days a week at church, became part of my regular schedule. Energy to serve others suddenly poured out of me like never before. I can only give credit to the Holy Spirit, as He was definitely working in my life this year. God seemed closer than ever before. This was the year I officially became Catholic. ... more

In the Potter’s Hands

July 11, 2016

My journey to Rome was a lengthy one, consuming two-thirds of a normal lifetime. I traveled nearly every highway and byway of Methodism, Southern Methodism, United Methodism, and many forms of Evangelicalism. From Methodism my spiritual journey led me to the via media of Anglicanism, across the Newman Bridge and finally, with the help of a devoted cradle Catholic wife of 25 years, Nilde, my friend Gloria, and the ever-present Virgin Mary, my journey to Catholicism was complete at the age of 65. ... more
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Rose Sweet: Healing after Divorce

January 18, 2016

Rose is the oldest of 9 kids from a good Catholic family. In her adolescence she got swept up in the culture of the 1960s. She had an immature faith and thought that if she were the perfect wife and mother all would be well. Rose talks with Marcus about how, after experiencing more than one divorce, the Lord Jesus guided her to his the path he was calling her to follow. She learned about Pope John Paul II’s teaching of Theology of the Body, and was deeply moved by ... more

Jack Bryant: Revert

June 29, 2015

Jack had a good Catholic background but from his teen years, after a traumatic experience, he drifted away from the Church. His journey Home began when, after the death of his father, he went into a deep depression. It got so bad that it was affecting his work and family. He regularly drove past the local Catholic parish and felt drawn to it. With much fear and trembling, God led him to faith and healing through the guidance of a holy priest and his first confession in 45 years in the ... more

Surprised to be a Catholic: the Journey of a “Cradle Episcopalian”

April 13, 2015

I am not only a new Catholic, but I am a surprised new Catholic, as well. I was born an Episcopalian — or, as we liked to call ourselves, “cradle Episcopalian” — and was baptized, confirmed, and married twice in the Episcopal Church. I raised my three children in the same faith. I never dreamed I would one day step out of that Church and find myself on a new journey that would take me into the world of the Roman Catholicism. ... more

Coming Back Home

March 25, 2013

I was bored with the Catholic Church! All I did was daydream through Mass and my catechism classes. When I was 10, my parents stopped going to Mass, but my father would still drop off my sister and I at the church. ... more
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From Pain to Peace

August 20, 2012

I was born in the ghettoes of Chicago’s South Side in 1961. My first memories are of dilapidated apartments, window frames without windows, trash strewn on the streets, urine-soaked alleys, and a neglected-derived independence. As a three-, four-, and five-year-old, I remember many times coming and going from the apartment my mother, siblings and I shared while my mother, an active alcoholic at that time, had friends over from morning till night — days filled with card games, cigarette smoke and all the beer and vodka they could want. When I ... more

From Jehovah’s Witnesses to Catholicism

March 19, 2012

In 2005, I found myself inside a Catholic church for Midnight Mass. My future wife, born and raised in the Catholic Church, was by my side, silently showing me something that I never thought I’d see or feel. At the age of 31, an unexpected realization set in – thus beginning my personal journey to the Catholic Church, my home. ... more

Preacher’s Kid & Catholic

August 30, 2011

The Christian tradition that emerged from John Wesley’s eighteenth-century Methodist movement has developed several branches. One of them is called the Wesleyan Church, and I was born into a family in that denomination. My parents met at a Bible college in Oskaloosa, Iowa. My father was studying to be a minister, and my mother was there to pick a husband out of the pool of future preachers. ... more

I Never Wanted to be a Minister’s Wife Anyway!

January 13, 2011

“I never wanted to be a minister’s wife anyway!” This was the tongue-in-cheek remark I made at the first Coming Home Network gathering in 1993. The statement had definitely been true until I met my husband-to-be at the Second Presbyterian Church of Newark, Ohio. Only a few months before, I had returned to the church — I had not been attending any church at all. There, Marcus was the new assistant minister and singles group coordinator. ... more

Patricia Bainbridge: Former Assemblies of God

September 30, 2002

Patricia was baptized in the Lutheran Church at age nine, though her father was a lapsed Catholic. As a young woman she “worshiped” the intellect and didn’t have time for God. A student led her to Christ and her husband eventually followed. As young Christians they were involved in several Christian communities, such as Presbyterian, Wesleyan Methodist and Assemblies of God. They had a long journey to full-communion with the Catholic Church, attending daily Mass for six years and not receiving communion, awaiting a declaration of nullity of a ... more
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Lee South: Former Episcopalian

July 28, 2000

A loving Presbyterian couple, in California, adopted Lee and her twin sister. As a little girl he went to a Dominican school and was given a love for the Catholic Church and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Later she went to high school in Florida and God was put on the back burner. She attended Vanderbilt University and became very involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. After college she as married for a short time but it didn’t last. Later she married a young Episcopal priest, Ned South. Invited by ... more