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Kathleen Fowle – Former Seventh Day Adventist and Nondenominational Chaplain

August 16, 2016

Kathleen Fowle lost her father when she was in 1st grade, and the Seventh Day Adventist teaching on death and resurrection troubled her from that early age.  As she grew up, she developed a dual passion of making music and serving the poor, and both loves brought her into contact with Catholics, especially those shaped by Franciscan influence.  It was the Catholic understanding of the eternal meaning of the human person that helped her fill in the blanks that were missing in her Adventist worldview, and complete her as a ... more
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CHNetwork Community Responds: Protestant vs Catholic Worship Music Wars

August 12, 2016

This week, we asked our members about music preferences in the Churches they attended before becoming Catholic.  Many strong opinions came out, but what was notable about the experiences you related was the idea that Catholicism was still Catholicism despite reasonable differences in liturgy, while protestant congregations had trouble maintaining unity between congregations of different musical orientations.  A sampling of the responses: ... more
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New CHNetwork Community Question: Worship Music Wars

August 8, 2016

We don’t often talk liturgical preference at CHNetwork, but this week, doing so will hopefully help provide important insight into the way that worship styles unite or divide believers.  This week’s question goes as follows: ... more
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Order in the Church doesn’t stifle creativity; it helps it flourish – John Robinson

June 30, 2016

In this Signposts video short, the choir director at St. Paul’s Church in Harvard Square shares about his conversion to Catholicism, and how order in the Church is suited to the human person’s need for meaning and purpose.  He addresses the question of whether or not the Church’s institutional character squashes creativity or empowers it, and relates that to his own understanding of how the Church has helped him blossom as a Christian in ways he never expected. ... more
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CHNetwork Community Members Respond: What music was particularly formative for you on your journey?

May 20, 2016

This week, we asked readers and members of the Coming Home Network the following question: ... more
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John Robinson: A Member of the Church of England Who Became a Catholic

December 1, 2014

John was brought up in England in the Anglican Communion.  He became active in music ministry in Anglican parishes in England. At one time he was the organist for Canterbury Cathedral. His journey to the Catholic Church began when he met his future wife, who was a convert to the Catholic faith. John is currently director of St. Paul’s Boys Choir in Boston, Massachusetts. ... more
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A Joyful Noise Prefaces an Unexpected Journey

October 20, 2014

I was born and raised in Wichita, KS, in the Bible Belt of the USA. My dad was deeply prayerful and humble and belonged to Gideons International, the group that distributes Bibles and New Testaments to hotels, schools, nursing homes, and hospitals. He was always handing out little Bibles and tracts to people. He had been raised Lutheran, a son of an itinerant Lutheran pastor. I was baptized Lutheran, but my folks left the Lutheran Church in 1958 when I was two years old, for a group I know now is ... more
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Collin Raye: Former Baptist

May 26, 2014

Collin was brought in the Baptist church in Arkansas. As a young boy he loved music. Under the name Bubba Wray, he recorded as one-fourth of the country band The Wrays between 1983 and 1987. Throughout all this he continued to have a deep faith in Jesus Christ. As a young adult, he was surprised to notice that the wife of a couple who frequented his concerts always wore a crucifix. He learned that they were Catholic and, out of curiosity, attended Mass with them. He was struck by the beauty of ... more
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Sara Piazza: Revert from Judaism

January 13, 2014

JonMarc Grodi welcomes Sara Piazza who shares her interesting journey to the Catholic Church, onto Judaism and then returning Home.  Sara grew up in Martha’s Vineyard.  Her father left the marriage before she was born, leaving a large hole in Sara’s heart – a significant part of her seeking wholeness.  Her mother became anti-religious.  Sara’s grandmother introduced her to the faith through a Methodist Sunday school, but by her teens, Sara had no connection to a church.  Later, her children, her love of music and her continuing faith ... more
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Brian Nelson: Former Christian Reformed

November 4, 2013

Brian Nelson’s passion is music.  It is interwoven in his life’s story and in his conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism.  Originally a performance major at the University, Brian switched to composing, which became his true love.  However, in his mid-twenties, Brian began to experience a creative dryness.  His life became miserable.  He began to seek God more intentionally and reached a point of offering himself to God to do with what He would.  “Things began to change after that,” Brian states.  He shares with Marcus the result of ... more
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From Punk to the Papacy

January 23, 2012

I lacked any experience of the Catholic Faith growing up as a child and had little until about six years ago. I was introduced to Jesus and the Christian faith by my mother, who had a “born again” experience when I was six. She turned to Christ and told me about it. But there was no mention of the Catholic Church in a positive context. In fact, my grandmother, coming from a Puritan background, once commented that Fulton Sheen was one of those “Catholic wizards.” ... more
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Keeping Jesus at the Center

July 25, 2011

I grew up in the deep south. Louisville, Mississippi is a small farming town. Meridian, Mississippi is one of the larger towns in the state. I spent the first twelve years in Louisville, the next six in Meridian. The two towns are as different as night and day. They symbolize my early journey on this good earth. ... more