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Clark Durant – Former Congregationalist, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian

August 9, 2016

Clark Durant remembers his father rewarding good marks in Sunday school with tickets to Detroit Tiger baseball games.  He always remembers having positive associations with Christianity, attending whatever services he found to be edifying and faithful to his understanding of the Gospel.  In the course of pursuing a career in law, he became acquainted with some of the intellectual Catholic leading lights at Notre Dame, as well as those working in the Reagan administration, and was impressed by their witness.  Eventually, while working on an urban education project with Detroit’ ... more
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Cris Fouse: Former Episcopalian

September 8, 2014

Cris grew up during World War II while her father was fighting the war in Europe. She learned the faith from her grandmother who taught her the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm and the Methodist congregation they attended. After she was married, she and her husband bounced through several denominations finally ending up in an Anglo-Catholic Episcopal parish in Texas, in 1979. She fell in love with the liturgy and the sacraments. Wanting to work in ministry, she applied to seminary and was accepted into the University of Dallas, ... more
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A “Convoluted” Pathway Home

April 30, 2012

Someone once pointed out to me that when one commits one’s life to the Lord this journey seems to become “convoluted.” I would tend to agree. My journey back to the Catholic Church is one full of joy and pain, saints and sinners, angels and demons, and finally, a search for Jesus Christ and how to best serve Him. God’s Chosen People wandered in the wilderness and took 40 years to get to the “Promised Land,” a journey that could have taken 40 days if there were no hindrances. Looking ... more
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Marcus Grodi: Former Presbyterian Minister

December 13, 2010

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Dr. William Oddie: Former Priest in the Church of England

June 16, 2008

Dr. Oddie was educated in a Nonconformist (Congregational) school. In rebellion, he became a self-styled atheist and secular humanist. Something of a mid-life crisis and reading C. S. Lewis brought him to faith in God through Jesus Christ. His newfound faith eventually led him to be ordained in the Church of England. Another crisis, sparked by modernist teaching and women’s ordination led him to full-communion with the Catholic Church. ... more
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Former Presbyterian Minister Marcus Grodi Discusses History of the Journey Home

September 17, 2007

The tables are turned on Marcus, as he is interviewed by Doug Keck. ... more
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Fr. Ed Fride: Former Congregationalist

October 11, 2004

Fr. Ed Fride, pastor of Christ the King Parish in Ann Arbor, MI, has been a Congregationalist, atheist, Charismatic Christian, and more before finding the fullness of faith in the Catholic Church. ... more
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Dr. William Oddie: Former Anglican Priest

June 16, 2003

Dr. Oddie was educated in a Nonconformist (Congregational) school. In rebellion, he became a self-styled atheist and secular humanist. Something of a mid-life crisis and reading C. S. Lewis brought him to faith in God through Jesus Christ. His newfound faith eventually led him to be ordained in the Church of England. Another crisis, sparked by modernist teaching and women’s ordination led him to full-communion with the Catholic Church. This episode of the Journey Home was recorded in the study of Blessed John Henry Newman at Littlemore, England. ... more
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Marcus Grodi: The Verses I Never Saw

December 16, 2002

In this episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses the “Verses He Never Saw” when he was a Protestant. These were passages of the Bible that were difficult or impossible to understand as a Protestant and only are understandable in their fullness from a Catholic perspective. He talks about Hebrews 6:4; 1 Timothy 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Romans 8:16-17; Colossians 1:24; St. Luke 1:46; 2 Corinthians 5:10 and 2 Corinthians 7:1. Marcus also talks about his recently published novel, “How Firm a Foundation”. ... more
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Fr. Carleton P. Jones, OP: Former Episcopal Priest

September 23, 2002

Father Jones was raised Unitarian and Congregationalist in New Hampshire. His parents were active and alive intellectually. From them he learned authority and obedience. In high school he became active in the Episcopal Church. After graduating from Yale University, he entered seminary and was ordained an Episcopal priest, later joining the Anglican religious community known as the Cowley Fathers. Reading the works of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman led him to be received into the Catholic Church, in 1982. Later, he was ordained as a Catholic priest in the Dominican Order. ... more