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Fr. Pierre Ingram, former Baptist

March 7, 2016

Marcus Grodi welcomes Fr. Pierre Ingram who shares his faith journey.  Growing up in Canada as the adopted son of a Canadian Baptist father and a French Catholic mother, Fr. Pierre experienced aspects of both traditions and cultures, but received most of his formation through Baptist Sunday School.  At age 8, however, with the sudden death of his father, Fr. Pierre began to be more involved in his mother’s Catholic ... more
Fr. Warren Tanghe

Fr. Warren Tanghe, former Episcopal priest

February 15, 2016

Fr. Warren Tanghe was baptized Catholic while his father was in the military. After receiving a few cold shoulders from the Catholic Church in his youth, he found warmth in the Episcopal Church. Fr. Warren accepted a call to ministry and was ordained an Episcopal priest. He had a deep desire for the Anglican Church to be reunited with the Catholic Church. Fr. Tangle helped many Anglicans return to the ... more
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Deacon Jeffrey Lewis: Former Episcopalian

September 28, 2015

Deacon Jeffrey grew up in an Episcopal parish, in Maine, where his family had worshiped for many years. His faith in God was very personal and didn’t depend much on the local faith community, but in collegeit faded away. After he married an Irish Catholic girl, both of their faiths continued to be compartmentalized, attending church whenever they felt the urge. God finally got Jeffrey’s attention when he ... more
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Fr. Jerry Brown: Former Episcopal Priest

August 31, 2015

Father Jerry grew up in Napa, California. His mother had been Catholic but he was baptized Presbyterian. After his baptism, his parents never brought him back to church. As a teen, while on a tour in Austria, he had an encounter with God in Salzburg Cathedral. Upon his return, he told his father he wanted to become a Catholic priest. His father directed him to the local Episcopal parish which ... more
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Fr. Shane Tharp: Formerly Unchurched

May 4, 2015

Father Shane was raised by a single mother. His parents divorced when he was six months old. His mother had been brought up Catholic but it wasn’t a good experience for her. His father was almost every religion until the end of his life when he died in the grace of Christ in the Catholic Church. In consequence, Shane was raised with absolutely no religious instruction or influence. His ... more
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Fr. Greg Paffel: A Catholic Who Returned from the Assemblies of God

November 24, 2014

Father Greg was raised in a Catholic family but, though he believed in God, he only remembers praying with his heart twice when he was young. Sadly, he had next to no catechesis. Even though he attended Mass he did not know the faith. When he was a junior in high school, a friend asked him if he knew Jesus and invited him to his Assembly of God youth group. ... more
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Fr. Bill Kneemiller: Returned to the Catholic Faith from the New Age

October 27, 2014

Father Bill grew up in a Catholic family in St. Charles, Missouri. In college he became involved, beginning with Yoga, in Eastern meditation and eventually the New Age Movement. He became so involved that for fifteen years he taught Transcendental Meditation. His return to the Catholic faith began when he became involved with a Rosary group that emphasized praying from the heart. Through this he realized that prayer was relationship ... more
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Deacon David Miller: Former Lutheran

July 28, 2014

Deacon David was born and raised Lutheran. His grandmother made sure that he was at Sunday school every week. He would read the Bible under his covers at night. Even with this background, after confirmation, he stopped attending church. For about 15 years he drifted spiritually. At one time he wanted something to hang from his rear view mirror so he ordered a rosary he saw in a magazine. While experiencing ... more
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Fr. M. Price Oswalt: Former Episcopalian

July 21, 2014

Fr. Oswalt grew up in a nominal Methodist family, with parents who believed that the Catholic Church was evil. Even so, by the time he was 14 he felt a calling to be a priest. In high school a friend invited him to take photos at his wedding in an Episcopal parish. He felt very much at home and was baptized. In college he became friend with a Catholic boy and ... more
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Fr. Tyson Wood: Former Lutheran Minister

June 16, 2014

Fr. Tyson grew up in a Lutheran family on Luther’s Small Catechism. As a teenager, he began to question such Protestant pillars as “sola Scriptura” and the equating of concupiscence with personal sin.  He thought to himself, if we can’t cooperate with God, because of total depravity, what it the purpose of living a moral Christian life? He felt called to ministry but joined the military out of ... more
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Fr. Jürgen Liias: Former Episcopal Priest

May 19, 2014

Born in the Black Forest Region of post-war Germany, Fr. Jürgen came to America, with his parents, in 1952. The family was given shelter by an Episcopal priest in Massachusetts. His new pastor had a profound effect on him and the call to ordained minister was present as far back as he can remember. Ordained an Episcopal priest in the early 1970’s, he never fit in with the liberal Anglican ... more
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Bishop Kevin Vann: Lifelong Catholic

May 5, 2014

Bishop Vann is the bishop of the Diocese of Orange, California. Formerly, he was bishop of Fort Worth, Texas. He grew up in an active and faithful Catholic family in Springfield, Illinois.  Bishop Vann’s first degree was in Medical Technology and he worked in that field for several years. He wanted to serve people even more and entered seminary. He was ordained a priest at the age of 30 and ... more