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Fr Kazimierz Kowalski

Fr. Kazimierz Kowalski: Former Lutheran Minister

November 8, 2004

Father Kaz was born in Queens, New York. His parents were immigrants, his mother a German Lutheran and his father a formerly Catholic from Poland. As a child he attended a Lutheran academy and from an early age felt called to ministry. This feeling of vocation continued through his teen years. He was eventually ordained a Lutheran minister and pastored in an inner city parish in Wisconsin. There he discovered Cistercian monastic spirituality and was attracted to it. He was eventually ordained a Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of New ... more
Alex Jones

Alex Jones: Former Pentecostal Minister

November 1, 2004

Marcus and Alex answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more
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Gary Hoge: Atheist Then Baptist

July 26, 2004

Gary was baptized in the Methodist Church when he was six month old but his parents soon stopped attending church. The little he knew of Christianity was from his father reading bedtime Bible stories to him. In high school and college he was an atheist but he wasn’t militant about is lack of belief. He began to reconsider God’s existence over a bowl of chili at Wendy’s and soon after began attending a Baptist church with his roommate. His journey to the Catholic faith began upon reading ... more
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Msgr. Stuart Swetland: Former Lutheran

June 14, 2004

Msgr. Swetland was raised, in Pennsylvania, by devout Lutheran parents. At the age of five he had thoughts of becoming a minister. From his family and congregation he learned a spirit of service, an idea that eventually led him to apply to the US Naval Academy, where he studied Physics. For most of his Naval days he was not a practicing Christian. However, he won a Rhodes scholarship to read Philosophy at Oxford University. There he was reawakened to the faith and began attending an Evangelical Anglican church. Still, though, ... more
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Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ: Former Presbyterian

January 12, 2004

Cardinal Dulles was born in New York, the son of John Foster Dulles and served as Secretary of State under Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Dulles family had a long-standing Presbyterian background. While studying history at Harvard, Cardinal Dulles studied his way into the Catholic Church. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1946 and was ordained a priest in 1956. He was created a Cardinal, in 2001, by St. John Paul II. Cardinal Dulles went to his eternal reward on December 12, 2008. ... more
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Stephanie Wood: Former Presbyterian

December 8, 2003

Stephanie is the oldest of eight children. She was received into the Catholic Church when she was ten, the same time her father, Steve Wood, a former Presbyterian minister, and the rest of her family became Catholic. She was homeschooled and later attended Ave Maria University. Marcus and Stephanie discuss the particular challenges facing a pastor’s child then their parent converts to the Catholic faith. ... more
Tim Drake

Open-Line With Tim Drake: A Lutheran Who Became a Catholic

December 1, 2003

Marcus and Tim answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience. ... more
Mark Brumley

Mark Brumley: Former Methodist

August 4, 2003

Marcus and Mark answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more
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Leon Suprenant, Jr.: Life-long Catholic

October 7, 2002

Marcus and Leon answers open-line questions from the audience. ... more
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Marcus Grodi: Former Presbyterian Minister

July 22, 2002

Marcus answers questions solo from the Journey Home audience. Marcus was reared Lutheran but, while in college, accepted Christ in a Charismatic Congregational church. After attending Gordon-Conwell seminary he was ordained a Congregational minister. Seeking doctrinal authority he became a Presbyterian minister. Still frustrated with his inability to know for certain whether what he preached was the Truth, a “chance” meeting with an old seminary classmate, Scott Hahn, started him on the road Home to the Catholic Church. ... more
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Mark Gordon: Son of a Baptist Minister & an Assemblies of God Minister

October 22, 2001

Mark reared in a wonderful Evangelical home. He gave his heart to Jesus Christ as a young man. His father was ordained an Independent Baptist minister and later served in an Evangelical Friends (Quaker) congregation.  His mother later was ordained an Assembly of God minister. As Mark grew in the faith he began to realize that there were deep disagreements among Evangelicals about essential points of doctrine and that something was very wrong. While, watching a papal Mass one Christmas Eve, he began his journey Home to the Catholic Church. ... more
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Fr. Larry Heimsoth: Former Lutheran Minister

September 10, 2001

Father Larry was born in a very pious Missouri-Synod Lutheran home. At the age of six he first believed that God was calling him to be a Lutheran pastor. He went to seminary and became a Lutheran minister in 1971. In his first parish, in Texas, through contact with Baptist and an Episcopal priest friend he underwent a spiritual renewal and a deeper commitment to Christ. In 1973, he became friends with a Catholic priest at the same time his denomination was experiencing a doctrinal crisis. This began his journey toward the ... more