Two brothers, raised Baptist, choose two different faiths as teens

A fascinating read, from The Wall Street Journal: Many people change faiths, but not like Brad and Chad Jones. Identical twins, the brothers grew up in Elkin, N.C., a small town in the Bible Belt, the only children of devout Baptists. As boys, they attended the First Baptist Church of Elkin, studied Scripture, went to [Read More…]

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How a supporter of women’s ordination left the Anglicans and became Catholic

From The Catholic Herald in the UK:   It is always interesting to read the various ways that converts stumble onto the path to Rome. Surely one of the strangest accounts in modern times is that of Dr Una Kroll, whose autobiography, Bread Not Stones, has recently been published by Christian Alternative. Dr Kroll received quite a [Read More…]

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The “gradual” homecoming of Sister Theresa, an atheist who became a nun

We’ve been hearing a lot the last couple days about the theological concept of “gradualism.”  Critics have been dismissive, even scornful.  But the newest blogger at Patheos happens to be a product of “gradualism”: Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble (is that a great name, or what?).  Her story is gripping, and not quite what anyone would expect. [Read More…]

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As another year of RCIA begins, meet some who have made the journey home

Here’s a story I suspect will resonate with many, from The Lowell Sun: A couple of years ago, Richard Lee of Billerica, a retired University of Massachusetts police officer, wasn’t enjoying his then-recent retirement. In fact, since a son died shortly after a premature birth 15 years before, his outlook on life wasn’t great. One day, [Read More…]

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Behind every great married clergyman…

…is a woman like Mary Alma Parker. She helped make history. She is remembered this day by Fr. Dwight: On Tuesday Mrs Longenecker and I traveled to Charleston for the funeral of Mary Alma Parker. Mary Alma was the wife of Fr James Parker–the first Episcopal priest to be ordained under the Pastoral Provision in the [Read More…]

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Wisconsin Rep. James Sensenbrenner becomes Catholic, with Cardinal Dolan attending

Details:  Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee’s St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday — a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Sensenbrenner’s office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview [Read More…]

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All about Eve: Eve Tushnet talks about being “Gay and Catholic”

Recently, my blog neighbor Eve Tushnet got the Salai Treatment (being interviewed by Sean Salai, S.J.) in America magazine. She has a new book about to launch, “Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith” (Ave Maria Press). It will be published Oct. 20. Snip:  You describe this book as a work of “vocational discernment for [Read More…]

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Megachurch pastor writes about why he became Catholic

You probably remember when this story caused a stir a few months back. Now, the story behind the story:  Our conviction that we needed to become Catholics grew slowly, over a number of years, but the actual decision to take this step came rather late. Our question was: how should we communicate it? It could really [Read More…]

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Father’s will decrees that children will not receive any inheritance unless they become Catholic

Details, from Australia: From beyond the grave, father-of-four Patrick Carroll continued a five-decade crusade to steer his children away from being active Jehovah’s Witnesses and into Catholicism. Mr Carroll wrote into his will that his adult children were not to receive any inheritance unless they met two conditions: attend his funeral and become Catholics within [Read More…]

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Boom: Catholic converts on the rise in Tennessee

Details from The Chattanooga Times Free Press:  There was the man inspired by the written words of Pope Francis. There was the agnostic professor. And there was the widow of a Baptist preacher. All of them Tennesseans, and all of them recent converts to one of the world’s oldest Christian faiths. In the South, Catholicism [Read More…]

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