Conversions

While doing a parish mission at the Cathedral in Phoenix last month, I was invited by Phoenix Catholic Media to share my conversion story in a personal way with the hosts Steve Green, the cradle Catholic and his wife Becky the convert. It was a fast-paced dialog hitting on the some of the personal events in our conversion stories.

You can listen to the Immaculate Heart Radio show HERE. My conversations comes in about 7 minutes into the show. It was fun, hope you enjoy it!

 

{ 0 comments }

From Baptist to Catholic

by Steve Ray on October 2, 2014

245effadf41c6129f4fe7accc564ef86_L

Stacy Trasancos

Stacy is a Catholic convert from the Baptist tradition. A former chemist, Stacy is now a stay at home mom pursuing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostle’s College and Seminary.

I am Catholic, simply, because I am alive. I began conversion in 2004 and entered into Communion with the Catholic Church in 2006. That I know of, I have a full decade of children to remember when I pray the Rosary, seven whom I am raising and three whom I never held in my arms. My life these 42 years has been full of self-induced pain. Today I know deep joy and peace because I am accepting the abundances of Truth and Love. I’m telling my story because as shameful as it is, it is real and needs to be told so others will know the dangers of life without a moral compass.

I grew up as the oldest of three in Texas with a loving family and wonderful parents. Some people say that babies are born atheists because they can’t believe in God, but my first memories were naturally of God, of being awed by the world and my ability to do new things, and of loving my family with all my heart. I spent a lot of time outdoors and on my paternal grandparents’ farm with their young daughter who was like a big sister to me. There was never any doubt that I was loved and that I could make people happy. Those are my first memories.

I was a naturally shy child. The first time I remember fear is not from a dangerous or physically painful situation, but at my second birthday party surrounded by so many people. I didn’t know what they expected of me, and I remember hiding in my room with my maternal grandmother. She is the one who later taught me to read my Bible daily and write down my prayers. I still have them because my mother saved them for me.

For the rest of the story click here.

{ 1 comment }

From Hindu to Catholic: Gustav’s Story

by Steve Ray on September 5, 2014

7104ukhaDescribing his own religious upbringing, Gaurav said, “My father worked at the World Bank and later was the editor of the Economic Times.

My mother was the first woman district collector of Gujarat. While there was an emphasis was on traditional Indian values, they espoused secular humanist ideals and values.

However, itwas from my grandmother that I learned the ancient stories of the Hindu religion—the epics of the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and the Bhagavad Gita.”

“It was aesthetics,” Gaurav said. “The beauty of sacred music held me spellbound at my first ever experience of the Eucharist….

For the rest of the story, click here http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/Story-Gauravs.pdf

{ 2 comments }

Love these kind of e-mails: Back to the Catholic Church

August 26, 2014

From England: Thank you Steve. My sister in-law was Catholic and she turned away to be a new-born Christian [Fundamentalist Protestant]. A lot of these people got round her and constantly told her she was going to hell unless she gets born again and she then tried to convert me and my wife. She successfully [...]

Read the full article →

Steve Interviewed by Beauty in Belief, a Website of Beautiful Catholic Ladies

July 2, 2014

These ladies have a nice blog. They like coffee and chocolate and sharing the Faith–Beauty in Belief– living in the Catholic Church and interviewing crazy guys like me.  I enjoyed talking with Heidi and I am flattered by the interview on their website. Hope you enjoy it too. Click on the image to visit their [...]

Read the full article →

Why Rayla Left Calvary Chapel and Evangelical Protestantism

July 1, 2014

Rayla sent me an email and gave me permission to share it. Calvary Chapel (my wife Janet was associated with them in her younger days) boasts that 80% of their members are “ex-Catholics.” Thanks for sharing Rayla! I came across your blog and am very impressed. After being raised Baptist, them attending Calvary Chapels for [...]

Read the full article →

Karen Explains to Protestant Family Members Why She Became Catholic

June 23, 2014

Dear Family,  So that you know I have been vigilant in reading and studying about the Catholic Church.  Below are the many, many reasons why it is apparent to me that the Catholic Church is Christ’s Church that he built, and why there is no doubt in mind this is where I belong.  Sorry it’s [...]

Read the full article →

Twentieth Anniversary into the Catholic Church!

May 22, 2014

Happy Anniversary to us! Exactly 20 years ago today our family was received into the Catholic Church. There is nothing we’ve ever done that has made such an impact on our lives. It was Pentecost Sunday, May 22, 1994. To say it was a very special day for our family would be an understatement. Twenty [...]

Read the full article →

We are Growing! Increasing Number of People Coming into the Church this Easter

April 1, 2014

Some U.S. dioceses are reporting that 2014 will be an unusually fruitful year, in terms of the number of people welcomed into the Church.    By Charlotte Hays WASHINGTON — Speaking of the prospect of becoming a Catholic at this year’s Easter vigil, Sheila Bidzinski, a 36-year-old mother of two little boys, excitedly admits, “I hope [...]

Read the full article →

On Catholic Answers Live: Steve Ray’s Six Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends

March 17, 2014

Joint us on a pilgrimage. Visit FootprintsOfGod.com. Today I was on Catholic Answers Live discussing my Six Rules. It was delightful.  As soon as the links are available on Tuesday I will provide the links to listen on-line or as a podcast. Stay tuned. Here are my Six Rules for dealing with family and friends [...]

Read the full article →

Pentecostal Kenneth Copeland and Pope Francis (quite an amazing encounter)

March 14, 2014

Kenneth Copeland is a Pentecostal preacher who has championed the “name it, claim it” tradition in Protestantism. He has an “empire” which he has built that spreads across the world with tens of thousands of followers, or more. I remember as a teenager listening to him on TV and radio with my parents. Many of [...]

Read the full article →

Our Conversion Story in Easy-to-Read Format with Lots of Pictures

March 13, 2014

I can still smell the green vinyl of the used couch in our living room as I knelt with my mom, with my face buried in my hands and my nose pressed into the vinyl. She had decided I was old enough — after all I was four years old. She didn’t want to wait [...]

Read the full article →

Non-Denominational Megapastor Stuns Congregation With Personal Revelation – Converting to Catholicism

March 10, 2014

  3/9/2014 JENNIFER LECLAIRE Charisma Magazine During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism. Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal the congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” [...]

Read the full article →

Dealing with Cancer: Amy Carrico’s Story

December 16, 2013

This is a heart-wrenching, yet beautiful story of a wife and mom with cancer and how she’s decided to deal with it. She’s a inspiration to us all – living in the heart of her family, God and the Church. For other beautifully crafted Catholic and personal videos by Fr. Josh and Lolek Productions, click [...]

Read the full article →

Money and Possessions not Enough…Finding Christ through Pain

December 14, 2013

This is a conversion story – conversion from self-sufficiency, money and possessions to Christ. Pain, suffering, loss of everything brought Terry to Christ. Quite a roller coaster story. Enjoy! It was late one Friday evening, when my wife and I got the call. My Brother and his daughters were involved in an accident on their [...]

Read the full article →

My Friend Al Kresta: Story of an Unsung Hero and Modern-day Prophet

September 30, 2013

This article is a great read and inspires one to hope for the faith and country. Al Kresta and I have been good friends since 1983 when I first met him upon my return from living in Switzerland. Al was dressed in knickers and a goutee at the time, playing the part of my then [...]

Read the full article →