Missionaries of Charity

CHNetwork Community Responds: As a non-Catholic, what did you think of Mother Teresa?

August 26, 2016

On September 4, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized in the Catholic Church.  During her lifetime, she was known worldwide as an icon of service to others.  However, because she was a Catholic religious sister, she also drew criticism- not only from protestant Christians for her theology, but also from secularists who saw her as a proselytizer.  We asked members of The Coming Home Network what they thought of her before they themselves converted to Catholicism.  Here’s what they told us: ... more

CHN Community Responds: Which Saints Were Companions on your Journey into the Catholic Church?

July 29, 2016

We asked our readers which holy men and women had special significance for them as they began to realize that saints were not just pictures on holy cards, but intercessors and helpers in heaven.  We got a wide variety of responses- here are a few: ... more

New CHN Community Question: What Saints Were Important In Your Journey Toward Catholicism?

July 25, 2016

Some of our questions in the past have allowed for a couple, or even a few interpretations; this week’s however, is open to an innumerable variety  of responses.  It has to do with the Church’s treasury of saints, and how we are invited to have relationships with them and ask for their intercession.  It goes as follows: ... more
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Eight Things To Love About the Catholic Church Part 4: Why We Love the Saints

April 29, 2015

Having the family background that I do (I am the only one in my family of origin that is still Catholic—everyone else now worships at the local Assembly of God). I have been asked, “Why do Catholics pray to and worship saints?” I have been told that it is idolatry, and it takes away from Jesus’ role as the “one mediator between God and mankind” (1 Tim. 2:15).  So, this let us look at saints and their powerful witness and intercession. I have also been asked, “Why don’t you just ... more
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Scott Bloch: Former Evangelical

July 14, 2014

Scott grew up in the entertainment world. His parents were Broadway actors and later his father wrote for TV shows. His father was Jewish and his mother Protestant, but Scott was brought up with no real religious influence. For a time, as a boy, the family lived in England. It was there, in school, that he was exposed to the Christian faith, through the Anglican Church. When they returned to America, he insisted that the family go to church. In college, Scott went through a classical great books program. Through ... more
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Elizabeth Ficocelli: Former Lutheran

July 7, 2014

From the time she was a young child growing up in a nominal Lutheran family, Elizabeth felt called to follow God on an interesting and surprising spiritual journey. Elizabeth shares the little clues God left her along the way, including hearing his voice whispered in her heart, and meeting a young Catholic man, which would eventually lead her to enter the Catholic Church at the age of twenty-three. Elizabeth Ficocelli is the author of fifteen books for adults and young people. To lear more about her, go to: http://elizabethficocelli. ... more
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St. Monica, Model of a Catholic Christian

August 27, 2013

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A Catholic Seed Sewn

May 3, 2013

My story begins in a naval hospital in Pittsburgh, California, where I was born to an 18-year-old girl and her 19-year-old husband. Both of my parents were raised in the Nazarene church. They met at Pasadena Nazarene College, married, and soon thereafter my father signed up for the Navy. After a few months he was sent to Korea in 1952. I was born in October of that year. Eighteen months later, my father returned from his assignment overseas and we settled in his hometown of El Paso, Texas, where he found ... more
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A Protestant Historian Discovers the Catholic Church

February 13, 2012

I grew up an Evangelical Protestant in Birmingham, Alabama. My parents were loving and devoted, sincere in their faith, and deeply involved in our church. They instilled in me a respect for the Bible as the Word of God, and a desire for a living faith in Christ. Missionaries frequented our home and brought their enthusiasm for their work. Bookshelves in our house were filled with theology and apologetics. From an early age, I absorbed the notion that the highest possible calling was to teach the Christian faith. I suppose ... more
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Mike Allen: Former Methodist Minister

December 22, 2008

Mike is a native of Lexington, KY, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky in Lexington and Asbury Theological Seminary. After serving in full-time ministry in the United Methodist Church for almost twenty years, including over 10 years as a pastor, he and his family entered the Catholic Church in August 2005. Since July 2005, Mike has served as the Director of Family Life and Evangelization for the Diocese of Lexington, KY. ... more
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Gail Buckley: Former Methodist

October 13, 2008

Gail was raised in the Methodist faith in a small town in North Carolina. When she was a teenager, she found a Miraculous Medal in the sand but it would be 33 years before she discovered its significance. As time went by Gail’s faith was put on the back burner. When she was at her lowest she called to God for help and he began directing her to Catholic books. Her new found faith and the reading of the books she had discovered would lead he Home to the Catholic ... more

Paul Abbe: Former Lutheran Minister

September 29, 2008

Paul was baptized and brought up in a Lutheran home. After graduating from the Lutheran School of Theology, in Chicago, he was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1992 and served as a pastor in that tradition for over 12 years. After a long journey of prayer, study and struggle, he was received into full-communion with the Catholic Church in September 2006. ... more