Jehovah’s Witness


Dr. Matthew Cabeen: An Evangelical Protestant Who Became Catholic

November 3, 2014

Matthew was brought up as an Evangelical Protestant. His parents had previously been active Jehovah’s Witnesses. As a child he was filled with a love and knowledge of the holy Scripture, as his parents hosted frequent Bible studies in their home. Matthew’s journey to the Catholic Church began when he was in college through the influence of his father. As Matthew’s father began to discover the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith through the books he was reading, he would share them and discuss them with ... more
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Lou Everett: Former Jehovah’s Witness

June 10, 2013

Lou Everett moved around quite a bit in his early life due to his father’s military assignments.  There was little faith formation until age nine when his parents joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  For the next twelve years the family lived as devotees to that tradition.  Following high school, Lou became a Pioneer (evangelist) for them, until spiritual doubts began to emerge.  Now married with a child, Lou took time away to read and study, seeking answers to his questions.  But, ultimately this questioning led to his dismissal from ... 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

From the Desert to Paradise

November 7, 2011

My parents became Jehovah’s Witnesses in April 1954, shortly after my fourth birthday. My father had grown up unchurched; my mother was a nominal Methodist. They embraced the Watchtower version of Christianity very enthusiastically. In 1955, believing the end of the world to be imminent, they volunteered to move “where the need is great” and sold their new home in Phoenix, Arizona. Dad was appointed to oversee the Cottonwood, Arizona congregation, which at the time consisted only of our family of three and one other elderly woman. By 1960, it had grown ... more
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Skylar Testa: Former Non-Denominational Christian

July 11, 2011

Skylar Testa grew up in Columbus, Ohio as one of three sons of a Jewish mother and a father with Catholic roots.  For his first eleven years, however, his family was part of a Jehovah’s Witness congregation.  With the death of her father, Skylar’s mother was moved in a profoundly spiritual way and began attending, with her family, a nondenominational church, then a charismatic church.  It was in these settings that Skylar got involved in youth groups and experienced a closeness to God.  At age 13, he moved to ... more
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Welcome to the Universal (Catholic) Family of God

January 18, 2011

I was born in the largely Catholic town of New Orleans, Louisiana. My father’s family was Catholic, and my mother’s family was Lutheran (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod). My mother was the spiritual leader in the family. My father was not a practicing Catholic by the time I came along. ... more
Tom Cabeen

The Lord’s Supper, Matthew 26:26-28

September 16, 2009

In this “Year for Priests,” Marcus asks guests to choose Scripture verses that have specifically inspired them to follow Jesus. Marcus welcomes Tom Cabeen, former Jehovah’s Witness elder, to discuss the difference in the Lord’s Supper between his Jehovah’s Witness background, then in his Protestant life, and finally as a Catholic. Cabeen also details what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and how to talk with a Jehovah’s Witness. ... more
Dr. Jeffrey Schwehm

What is Christian Salvation?, Matthew 24 & 25

August 12, 2009

In this “Year for Priests,” Marcus asks guests to choose Scripture verses that have specifically inspired them to follow Jesus. Marcus welcomes Jeff Schwehm a former Jehovah’s Witness Headquarter Staff. Marcus and Jeff discuss some of the following thoughts: How do Jehovah’s Witnesses view salvation, and how is that different from Catholicism? What are the ramifications of personal interpretation of Scripture? ... more

Joint Heirs with Christ, Romans 8:14-17

December 3, 2008

Marcus welcomes former Jehovah’s Witness and Lutheran, Dr. Jeffrey Schwehm, who was well-established in the hierarchy of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Dr. Schwehm discusses the tight hand the hierarchy of the Jehovah’s Witness have on the way in which each member is allowed to interpret Scripture. In Romans 8:14-17, St. Paul writes that all those in Christ are children of God; Dr. Schwehm contrasts this Scripture with the beliefs of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. ... more

Listener Q&A: “Soul Sleep,” Didache, Sola Fide

July 16, 2008

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel! Marcus Grodi and Jim Anderson in this special summer format, invite listeners to call in and ask Scripture questions: ... more

Tom Cabeen: Former Jehovah’s Witness Elder

May 19, 2008

When Tom was four years old his parents joined the Jehovah’s Witnesses, bringing him with them into that faith. He fully embraced the Jehovah’s Witnesses and quickly became an elder at the age of 21. He began to develop doubts when the predicted end times failed to materialize which the Witnesses had emphasized. Eventually, Tom and his wife were disfellowshipped and shunned by their family and friends. Tom’s intense research and study led him first to Evangelical Protestantism and eventually to full-communion with the Catholic Church. ... more

Jehovah’s Witness Roundtable

February 5, 2007

In this special Jehovah’s Witness Roundtable episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses, with two former Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dr. Jeff Schwehm and John Davis, as well as Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, the unique doctrines of this group and how Catholic Christians can respond to them in truth and love. ... more