Monday, October 15, 2007

Courageous Converts

I read recently read about an Episcopal Priest who converted to Catholicism. He brought many of his paritioners with him. see here: Diocese of Scranton could have first married Roman Catholic priest
(Pictured left, Fr. Eric Bergman's ordination. http://www.stthomasmoresociety.org/)
Then there is the Scott Hahn story, which by now most of you know about. But if not he is the presbyterian minister who converted, read his story here: The Scott Hahn Conversion Story.
I read his story, Rome Sweet Home, and continue to pass it to others when I can. It is a great
story for all Catholics to read. Though Scott Hahn is a very educated man and can certainly speak way above MY comprehension, he writes from the heart in this story about his conversion. One can only imagine. His whole life was centered around his job as a presbyterian minister. He had a wife and children to consider. It was their livelihood. Not to mention a flock of people that followed him. His wife happened to be from a family of presbyterian ministers and yet he abandoned all his wants and followed Gods call. A must read for everyone. For Catholics it is a great refresher in how privileged we are, and for non-Catholics it is a great explanation of what we're all about. I came upon this lovely review of the book at Amazon,
Pray before you read this book! What a journey!, April 22, 2003
By Terry Fenwick (Half Moon Bay, CA) - See all my reviews
My husband and I are 76 and 70 and have been strong "Bible" Christian believers and teachers. For the last 33 years we have been very active in Church and in the best Protestant Christian Bible Studies in national and international classes. We are becoming Catholic with NO RESERVATIONS! Something we never thought could or would happen to us. This book will open your mind to TRUTHS you have never seen before. My beautiful Christian husband read this book non-stop, came in the room, closed the book, put it down beside me, looked at me with his eyes brimming with tears and said, "They are right!" Simple as that. I give this book to others but I tell them, "Pray because it will change your life!" You next need your Bible, Keatings books, and a Catechism. Get ready for a new but very exciting and blessed life. You will fall in love with Jesus all over again. The Catholic Church will become your Rome Sweet Home! See you in heaven. Terry

And today I came upon this by accident,
Pastor and Flock Convert to Catholicism. Here is a brief description from that site:

When Pentecostal minister Alex Jones came into the Church this past Easter he was not alone. He brought much of his congregation in with him.

When Detroit-born Alex Jones became a Pentecostal minister in 1972, there was little question among those who knew him that he was answering God's call to preach.

Now, many of his friends and family have dismissed the 59-year-old pastor as an apostate for embracing the Catholic faith, closing the nondenominational church he organized in 1982, and taking part of his congregation with him.

At this year's April 14 Easter Vigil, Jones, his wife, Donna, and 62 other former members of Detroit's Maranatha Church, was received into the Catholic Church at St. Suzanne's Parish. For Jones, becoming a Catholic will mark the end of a journey that began with the planting of a seed by Catholic apologist and Register columnist Karl Keating. It also will mean the beginning of a new way of life.

WHAT A STORY!!!! This is why I call these folks "Courageous!"
Hebrews 3:15, If today you hear HIS voice, harden not your hearts.

Oh btw, we have 3 converts in our family.
My husband is one of them.


1 comment:

Esther said...

I love conversion stories! Isn't Rome Sweet Home a great book!