Since moving this blog over to Patheos I am aware that there are a good number of new readers on board. Welcome! I hope you come often and stay to look around.
My story is this: I grew up in Pennsylvania in a devout, conservative Evangelical home. After high school I went to the fundamentalist Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. While there I became and Anglican through a little breakaway church from Episcopalianism. Struck with a severe case of Anglophilia from reading C.S.Lewis and T.S.Eliot I had a dream of being an Anglican priest in England.
I went to study theology at Oxford and was ordained into the Anglican Church. I served as a curate in East Sussex, a chaplain to Kings College in Cambridge, and then a country vicar on the Isle of Wight. I got married and had two children, then we converted to the Catholic Church. For ten years I served as a Catholic layman working for a small Catholic charity and writing books and articles. One of the books is More Christianity--a pun on C.S.Lewis’ famous book Mere Christianity. This book is a friendly introduction to the Catholic Church for Evangelical Christians. I’ve also written about a dozen other books and booklets you can browse here.
In 2006 my wife and now four children, moved to the United States and I was called to be ordained as a Catholic priest. This was possible, even though I had a wife and children, through the Pastoral Provision–a special measure set up by Pope John Paul II enabling married former Anglican priests to be ordained as Catholic priests. I worked first as chaplain to a Catholic high school in Greenville, SC and now am pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.
My conversion story has been published several places, and I’ve collected some of them in the ‘Conversion Stories’ section of the ‘Archived Articles’ section of this blog. Some of them you can read free of charge, some others are longer and a small download fee is charged. There are also two audio files of my conversion story. One is My Journey to the Catholic Church and the second, Priesthood, Promise and Providence tells how God worked in a wonderful way to open the door to my eventual ordination as a Catholic priest.
I hope new readers will enjoy the blog, get involved in the comments and visit often. Thanks for visiting!