Transubstantiation

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Dr. Ryan Messmore: Methodist Who Became Catholic

October 13, 2014

Ryan was born, along with his two sisters, in West Virginia, in a believing Methodist family. In college at Duke University, he was active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. In the fellowship, he taught a course on the Chronicles of Narnia, by C. S. Lewis, for seven semesters, where he met his future wife. After college, Ryan and his wife studied Christian education, in England at Cambridge University, where they fell in love with the liturgy and became Anglicans. While studying for his Ph.D. at Oxford, he began to have ... 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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Dr. William Oddie: Former Priest in the Church of England

June 16, 2008

Dr. Oddie was educated in a Nonconformist (Congregational) school. In rebellion, he became a self-styled atheist and secular humanist. Something of a mid-life crisis and reading C. S. Lewis brought him to faith in God through Jesus Christ. His newfound faith eventually led him to be ordained in the Church of England. Another crisis, sparked by modernist teaching and women’s ordination led him to full-communion with the Catholic Church. ... more
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Deacon Adrian Straley: Atheist Materialist

March 26, 2007

Although was raised in a Disciples of Christ family, Deacon Adrian lost his faith as a teen and fully embraced a skeptical, materialist atheism. He didn’t find his way clear to return to faith in Jesus Christ until he entered the Catholic Church in his mid-40’s. Some 15 years later he was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama. ... more
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Fr. Leonard Klein: Former Lutheran Minister

January 29, 2007

Father Leonard was reared in the Lutheran faith. He attended Yale University with the intention of becoming a lawyer but began hearing a call to ministry during his freshman year in college. During seminary, he had his first thought about the Catholic faith. His journey to the Church would last for 22 years as he pastored Lutheran parishes. He entered into full-communion with the Catholic Church in 2003 and was ordained a priest in 2006. ... more
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Deacon Nathan Allen: Christian & Missionary Alliance

January 15, 2007

Deacon Nathan grew up in Japan. His parents were Evangelical Protestant missionaries in that country. He was a strong believer in Christ but desired more in his faith life. For a time he was intrigued by eastern religions. Some chance encounters and his discovery of G. K. Chesterton led him to full-communion with Christ’s Catholic Church. ... more
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Dr. H. Graham Hudgins: Former Episcopal Priest

November 28, 2005

Graham was born in a devout Episcopal family. When he was 14, he went to a wrestling camp, a leader asked boys who were interested in the Bible to stay after to talk. At this time he gave his life to Jesus. During his college years he slipped from the faith but later recommitted his life to Christ. After college he thought he might have a calling to the priesthood. He worked at a boys school, where he met his future wife. In 1987, he joined the American Episcopal Church and was ... more
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Alex Jones: Former Pentecostal Minister

November 1, 2004

Marcus and Alex answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more
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Michael Maturen: Former Evangelical Episcopal Priest

August 30, 2004

Mike was raised by a wonderful Catholic mother. He was catechized and read the Bible. He became confused, however, when in college he was asked if he was saved. He didn’t know how to answer and thus though he must not be saved. His departure for the Church was solidified when he and his future wife began “church shopping.” At first, they joined an Evangelical Presbyterian congregation. Later Mike attended seminary and, in 2002, was ordained a priest in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches. Soon after he found his ... more
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Dr. Paul Thigpen: Former Evangelical Pentecostal Minister

August 2, 2004

Marcus and Paul answer open-line questions. ... more
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Open-Line With Dr. Kenneth Howell: Former Presbyterian Minister

January 5, 2004

Marcus and Ken answer open-line questions from the audience. ... more
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Fr. David Medow: Former Lutheran Minister

July 29, 2002

Father David was raised on the north side of Chicago in a Swedish Lutheran home. He was very active in the church in his youth. He studied politics at Georgetown before receiving a call to the Lutheran ministry, to which he was ordained in 1985. Through participating in summer Biblical Conferences at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, he was impressed with the lecture series scheduled around daily prayer life. He also met the founder of L’Arche. This began his journey to the Catholic Church and eventually the priesthood. ... more