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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 hight school. Later he attended college and then a Lutheran seminary. His last year in seminary he became an ecumenical ... more

On Whose Authority?

June 2, 2014

“How can you go into that darkness, once you have known the light?” In deep anguish, my mother-in-law asked my wife and me this question when we told her we were going to enter the Catholic Church. ... 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 establishment of New England, being too orthodox and charismatic. Fr. Jürgen was received into the Catholic Church in 2009 and ... more
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Fr. Dennis Garrou: Former Anglican Priest

March 31, 2014

Fr. Garrou was reared in the faith in an independent Bible Church. He graduated from Wheaton College, in Illinois, majoring in the Bible and then attended attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, IL. Years later he served as a licensed lay United Methodist minister. Then he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1994. From 2000 to 2008, he served in the Anglican Mission in the Americas. Conserns over the Eucharist and the nature of the Church led him to the Catholic Church, in 2009. He was ordained a Catholic priest in 2011. ... more

Full Communion

November 4, 2013

Early Years ... more
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Fr. Dave Harris: Former Southern Baptist Minister

February 27, 2012

A lifelong resident of Kentucky, Fr. Dave Harris shares his faith journey with Marcus.  He spent his first 18 years in the Cumberland Gap region, a predominantly Southern Baptist area.  Fr. Dave developed a strong love for God and for nature while being active in the local Southern Baptist church.  He went on for degrees in mechanical engineering and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, where he met his wife to be.  After several years working in the  field, Fr. Dave accepted a calling to the ... more
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9th Deep In History Conference, Panel Discussion

February 6, 2012

Marcus Grodi with Roy Schoeman, Mark Shea, Dr. Scott Hahn & Fr. Ray Ryland. ... more

My Journey Home

November 28, 2011

Once a minister of the Episcopal Church, I am today a Roman Catholic Priest, serving as pastor of the parish of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. As it turns out, becoming a Catholic priest brought me “full circle.” Allow me to share with you how and why. ... more
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Requirements for the Transition From Protestant Minister to Catholic Priest

September 15, 2011

For nearly 18 years, we in the CHNetwork have been dedicated to standing beside Protestant ministers on their journeys home to the Catholic Church. Our goal has been to do all we can to help them come home, and especially to help them find avenues for using their ministerial gifts, training, and experience. This has certainly not always been easy, and frankly we have not always been successful. To those of you whom we may have failed, we deeply apologize — and we still want to do all we can! ... more
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Fr. Ray Ryland: Former Episcopal Priest

June 6, 2011

Fr. Ray Ryland has a long history in ministry, beginning with his calling at age 17 while he was in the Disciples of Christ Church.  He later became a priest in the Episcopal Church, before converting, with his wife and five children, to Catholicism in 1963.  Even though he fully expected to be a Catholic lay man for the remainder of his days, he still had within his heart a calling to minister.  In 1983, through the pastoral provision, Fr. Ray was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.  He and Marcus discuss several ... more
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Fr. Ray Ryland – Deep in Scripture 05/25/2011 – Rejoicing in Sufferings

May 25, 2011

Scriptures: Colossians 1:24 and 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. ... more
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Affirming All Things – From Ordained Anglican to Catholic Priest

May 16, 2011

Taking dramatic steps of faith runs in the family. In the eighteenth century, my ancestors left Switzerland for the new colony of Pennsylvania to find religious freedom. The two Longenecker brothers were Mennonites — members of an Anabaptist sect so strict that it had been persecuted by John Calvin. ... more