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Jim Anderson, Former Lutheran Seminarian

February 27, 2006

Jim and Marcus answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience in the episode. Jim was brought up in a nominally Methodist home. As a boy he was sent to Sunday school but his parents didn’t attend. Even so, he had a growing longing for God and gave his live to Christ on many occasions. During college he joined the Lutheran church, attracted by its liturgical worship. While in college, he became active in an ecumenical evangelical fellowship, where he met Catholic of loved Christ. While majoring in history, ... more
Paul Thigpen

Dr. Paul Thigpen: Former Evangelical Pentecostal Minister

September 12, 2005

Marcus and Paul answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience. ... more
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