My Three Catholic Friends

Having spent some quality time with my Dutch Catholic priest Catholicism had, like I said, become somewhat normalized. There were things I heard---explanations from Father Roderick---that I shook my head at, or tentatively disagreed with, but Catholicism became more real. It wasn't as strange as it used to be; after all, if this priest could be serious about his faith, and he was, then maybe there was more to it than met the eye. I was warming up to the idea, but I still held a myriad of wild … [Read more...]

A Podcasting Priest

My first exposure to Catholicism came in the form of a podcast.It was, I think, in the summer of 2005. I was fortunate enough to land a job working for my dad, saving money for my next semester of school. The company my dad worked for made point-of-sale machine and my job, working in Quality Assurance, was to inspect units before they were shipped out. It paid well but it was mind-numbing work.To pass the time I decided to look into something I'd just begun to hear about on the Internet: … [Read more...]

Finding a Community

Over the past few months and  years I've read a number of stories of Protestants becoming Catholics. Their stories---the similarities, differences, and intricacies---have deeply fascinated me. I see my own journey in a lot of them. I see reasons why I am headed on this slow road to Rome. I see reasons that make sense to me, that have appealed deeply to me, and I see reasons, too, that never even crossed my mind---and all of this I find deeply enriching.When I get stuck writing my conversion s … [Read more...]

Pentecostal and Non-Denominational

University, or college, is an incredibly formative time of life. In university you form friendships and make decisions that last a lifetime. I was fortunate to attend an incredible university, the University of Waterloo, and live in an even more incredible residence Conrad Grebel. A small, intimate, Mennonite dorm with a reputation for its incredible student community. It lived up to my sky-high expectations and I made some incredible friendships there---and made some brilliant decisions too (b … [Read more...]

The Slow Road to Rome

We were actually at the Vatican last year, in August.After a family cruise around the Mediterranean---something my semi-retired parents surprised us with a  year and a half earlier---my wife and I disembarked the cruise ship to spend an incredible five weeks touring through Southern Europe.Our road to Rome, our first stop after the cruise, was quick, but painful.Without knowing it we'd booked a train from the Italian sea-side to Rome on a Sunday, the day when, apparently, all of Rome … [Read more...]