CHNetwork Community Responds: Learning to Appreciate Mary

August 19, 2016

This week, we used the occasion of the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to ask our community about the earliest Marian “hurdle” they were able to overcome in their journey toward the Church’s understanding of her.  Here’s a sampling of what we received: ... more

Amy Daniels: Former United Methodist Minister

April 13, 2015

Amy was brought up in a military home on Governor’s Island in New York. Her parents were Presbyterian but, attending the base chapel, Amy viewed herself merely as Protestant. While visiting Italy with her Latin class in high school she attended Mass with her teacher. This inspired in Amy an interest in all things Catholic that would stay with her throughout her life. Later in life, she would study at Wesleyan Theological Seminary, in Washington DC, be ordained a United Methodist minister and serve as an Air Force chaplain. ... more

Fr. Greg Paffel: A Catholic Who Returned from the Assemblies of God

November 24, 2014

Father Greg was raised in a Catholic family but, though he believed in God, he only remembers praying with his heart twice when he was young. Sadly, he had next to no catechesis. Even though he attended Mass he did not know the faith. When he was a junior in high school, a friend asked him if he knew Jesus and invited him to his Assembly of God youth group. His faith grew through the witness of his new friends. In college, he continued his personal prayer time and visited ... more
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Deacon David Miller: Former Lutheran

July 28, 2014

Deacon David was born and raised Lutheran. His grandmother made sure that he was at Sunday school every week. He would read the Bible under his covers at night. Even with this background, after confirmation, he stopped attending church. For about 15 years he drifted spiritually. At one time he wanted something to hang from his rear view mirror so he ordered a rosary he saw in a magazine. While experiencing a rough time he began to pray the rosary using a prayer book that came with it. This was the ... more
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Philip Frederick: Former Non-Practicing Protestant

December 2, 2013

Philip Frederick shares his conversion story from growing up in a family where, despite faith being a non-issue, he and his three siblings had a wonderful childhood.  It was not until, as a recent high school graduate, he met a young woman who happened to be Catholic.   From that chance encounter, his life took a whole new trajectory.  Philip tells how the rosary and a saintly elderly priest played significant roles in his deepening faith, as well as how he was able to come to terms with his unbaptized father’ ... more
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Eric Sammons: Former United Methodist

April 23, 2012

Growing up in Cincinnati in a typical suburban family, Eric Sammons was raised in the United Methodist tradition.  It was a religiously sheltered life, he claims.  Not until college would Eric be exposed and challenged by the various nuances of other denominational offerings.  It was in high school, however, that Eric had a significant religious experience at a weekend youth retreat.  This led him to begin living an intentional Christian lifestyle, committed to Christ as an Evangelical Protestant.  In college, Eric’s horizons continue to broaden, particularly his exposure to ... more
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Peggy Bowes: Revert to the Catholic Faith

November 8, 2010

Peggy Bowes speaks of growing up in an intensely-Catholic home with four sisters and parents who, strengthened by the symbols displayed and devotions practiced, lived their faith fully.  The girls attended Catholic schools, went regularly to Mass and prayed the rosary.  Unfortunately, like so many others living in the post-Vatican II era, the doctrines and apologetics of Catholic catechesis were lacking, leading to a rather weak spiritual foundation for Peggy.  As a result, at the age of 16 when she obtained her driver’s license, Peggy began to be influenced by ... more
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Fr. Brian Mullady, OP, STD : Life-long Catholic

September 8, 2008

Father Mullady is a life-long Catholic. He is the son of an Air Force officer and was raised through out the United States. He entered the Dominican Order in 1966 and was Ordained in Oakland, California, in 1972.  He has been a parish priest, high school teacher, retreat master, mission preacher and university professor. He received his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) from the Angelicum University in Rome, Italy and was professor there for six years. He has taught at several colleges, universities and seminaries in the United States.  He is an ... more

Dr. David L. Hall: Former Brethren in Christ Minister

January 14, 2008

David, a former Brethren in Christ minister, knew that commitment to Jesus Christ was important. He set out to find the best way to fulfill his commitment to Jesus and it led him to Catholicism. ... more
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Jeffrey W. Bail: Former Baptist Minister

March 8, 2004

Jeff was brought up in a Christian home. At the age of 15 he received Jesus into his heart at a Christian concert. Form many years he ministered as an associate pastor and music minister in various Baptist congregations. Even with as successful ministry he felt empty. He longed for the Church that Jesus said he would leave to his people. He eventually left ministry altogether. He met a friend in a Christian bookstore who began his journey to the Catholic Church. Jeff and his friend, unintentionally, attended a Rosary prayer ... more

Noah Lett: Former Lutheran Minister

March 1, 2004

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

Jimmy Akin: Former Presbyterian

November 3, 2003

Marcus and Jimmy answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more