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Deacon Patrick Lappert – Convert from Judaism and Atheism

November 29, 2016

Deacon Patrick Lappert married a Catholic, and went along with raising his children in the faith because he thought it would be a nice way to teach them to live according to moral principles.  A former member of the Jewish faith who now considered himself an atheist, his plan was to enlighten his kids once they grew up, letting them know all religion was based in superstition.  As he continued to attend Mass with his family, he began to see that much of his mistrust for religious authority was related ... more
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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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A Navy Pilot Navigates His Way Home

May 31, 2016

Flying as copilot on a wide body jet many years ago, I started to descend to a lower altitude when a series of loud bangs shook the aircraft and kicked off the autopilot. As the nose of the jet pitched over abruptly, I tried to stop the increasing descent rate. At first there was no response from the controls, but slowly, painfully, I managed to get things under control. A cargo shift had occurred and, for a few brief seconds, my comfortable world had been transformed to an unfamiliar and ... 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
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Jody Morse: Former Presbyterian Who Became Catholic

September 29, 2014

Jody was brought up in the Cumberland Presbyterian denomination. She was very active in her church as a child. After her parents’ divorce she began to be alienated from her former faith. After a failed marriage she got involved into Yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism and Wicca. Later she became active in a Unitarian-Universalist congregation. At work she met a Catholic friend who began to have religious conversations with her. This was the beginning of the path that would lead her home to the Catholic 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
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Coming Home: A Multi-denominational Adventure

August 6, 2012

I was born third of four boys to a family in Wisconsin; though most of my life growing up and starting my own family was spent just over the border in Minnesota. My father’s grandfather had emigrated from Namur, Belgium just after the American Civil War and joined America’s largest Belgian-American community in Door County, Wisconsin. My mother’s side had been in the U.S. much longer, descending from Scots-Irish ancestors. My grandfather, who died when my father was just 17, had married outside the Catholic Faith in ... more
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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
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Methodist from an Embryo – But Now Catholic

January 16, 2012

I was a Methodist from the time I was an embryo, which is my way of saying that my parents were Methodist and both sets of grandparents were Methodist. Although I don’t remember my father attending church regularly, my mother took me to Methodist Sunday School from the time I was very small. Unfortunately, she stopped regular church attendance when I was about eight, but continued to drive my grandmother and me to our small-town, Oklahoma church every Sunday. My only sibling, a brother, was from my mother’s ... more
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My Journey Home – In God’s Timing

December 30, 2011

Before I was thirty years old, I never considered the Catholic Faith as anything more than a curiosity. Why would anyone be persuaded to worship the Virgin Mary, the saints, and statues in the place of Jesus? How could Catholics be deluded enough to think they could sin all week, confess to a priest on Saturday, so they could receive Communion on Sunday, and still think they would make it to heaven? We were taught many more sinister suspicions about Catholics and warned to stay away from them because ours ... more
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Open Line With Al Kresta, Former Non-Denominational Minister

October 1, 2007

Marcus and Al answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more