Conversions

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 I won’t pass out, but I have told my husband he has to get behind me in case he has to catch me.”

When Bidzinski, who has been studying the Catholic faith with a group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, Md., comes into the Church, she will be participating in what one commentator has dubbed “a boom.”

The Archdiocese of Washington, where Bidzinski’s parish is located, will welcome the largest number of candidates and catechumens ever recorded for the archdiocese this Easter. The archdiocese will baptize or confirm 1,311 adults, children and teenagers this Easter.

“What we have seen for the past three years is a steady, incremental increase [in the number of people coming into the Church at Easter],” said Sara Blauvelt, director for catechesis of the Archdiocese of Washington. Blauvelt said that she finds it “particularly exciting” that there has been “a significant increase in the number of catechumens.”

Read the whole article here: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/easter-conversion-boom/#ixzz2xdbXzDnI

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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 who disagree with us, oppose us, want to argue and are against the Catholic Church and our morals.

Cover story on Catholic Answers Magazine

Steve Ray’s Six Rules:

1) Never argue with them, it will only push them further away.

2) Love them more than ever before, especially between spouses

3) Pray seriously and constantly and make sacrifices

4) Show the Joy of the Lord in your life so they see the result of the fullness of the Faith

5) Study apologetics and do biblical homework so you are ready when they finally ask questions

6) Ask God to bring someone else into their lives to influence them since they won’t listen to you

Read the whole article in this month’s Catholic Answers Magazine

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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 our friends at the time were followers of his teachings. 

Click on this image to watch the video

There would have been no more unlikely candidate to correspond lovingly back-and-forth on video with Pope Francis than Copeland. He admits this himself in the video. And he even brought up a Anglican priest named Tony Palmer to address his auditorium full of Charismatic leaders at their leader’s conference. The topic was unity and the end of the protest of Protestantism. Quite amazing actually.

This video shows the Kenneth Copeland leadership conference giving a prime-time slot to Anglican Bishop. Tony Palmer to share that the whole basis of the Protestant Reformation is now resolved and there no more reason for protestation.

The Pope spontaneously addressing Copeland's conference

He then shows a personal video that Bp. Tony made of Pope Francis addressing the conference participants, decrying the sins that have created our separation and asking for their prayers. Then Kenneth Copeland and leaders respond praying in the Spirit for Pope Francis and sending him back a video telling him that they love him!

This video is 45 minutes long and worth watching. It is divided up this way:

It starts with Kenneth Copeland praying and introducing Anglican Bishop Tony Palmer who gives his story of his conversion to liturgical worship and his friendship with Pope Francis before he was pope.

Then we see a video the Pope sent to Kenneth Copeland and his leadership conference and Kenneth Copeland the conference responding back to the Pope. Quite remarkable and demonstrates a move toward unity in much of Christianity.

You can watch the video by clicking on either of the images above.

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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 [...]

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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.” [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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White Bread and Shot Glass of Grape Juice: But Now I am Home!

September 25, 2013

Elizabeth wrote:  I grew up Catholic, left off practice of my faith, then wandered around several churches before coming back.  It just seemed like the preaching I was hearing treated the Bible like Ann Landers, and people wanted to be soothed rather than challenged.  There would be preaching and singing but no Eucharist.  It’s like [...]

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Humbling Message for Me from a New Priest

September 20, 2013

Dear Steve, Just a note to thank you for your apostolate and message boards. I first saw you at the very first Fullness of Truth Conference in Houston Texas, with Alex Jones, Scott Hahn, Tim Staples, ect. This conference was the crossroads where I had to face the Truth that Holy Mother Church was who, [...]

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Marinko Crnjac’s Story: From Heroin to Christ

August 7, 2013

When I was 17 or 18 I began to experiment with drugs, mostly Marijuana but also occasionally heroin.  Around the age of 23, though, I became a daily user of heroin. It could cost up to hundreds of dollars each day, depending on how much I could afford at the time. This was to be [...]

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Courage Brings a Run-Away to Final Peace with God and Himself

July 28, 2013

My friend Gary Gibson writes, Fifty years ago this summer, I ran away from home, never to return. I was only 13 years old. Since my mother had no means of supporting 5 kids after divorcing my Dad, we had no other option than to live with my Dad. I was the oldest child and [...]

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Jim’s Story: Born Presbyterian, then to Parties, Drugs … Protestantism and finally to the Church

June 26, 2013

Conversion stories are always so compelling. Jim’s is full of good content that can help another understand and see the truth of the Catholic Church. This story is about 23 pages but a very good read. Hope you enjoy it. By the way, below is also a link to his wife Julie’s story :-) She [...]

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From Alcohol and Drugs to the Church and Recovery: Martin’s Story

May 2, 2013

My experience as a Christian began as a child when I was baptised. At age seven I received instructions in my faith as a Roman Catholic in order to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation and Communion. We continued to attend Mass as a family whilst I was growing up, mainly to worship and praise [...]

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Pope Benedict’s “First Convert” – and a Jewish Convert at that

April 20, 2013

Groucho Marx once said, “I wouldn’t want to belong to any club that would have a guy like me as a member.”  So began my witness testimony at the Easter Vigil on April 7, 2007, when my wife Barbara and I entered the Catholic Church. For a New York Jew, who’d detested the name “Jesus” [...]

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Tiffany’s Story: Surprised What She Found

April 19, 2013

In July 2009 at 20 years of age, I came into full communion with the Catholic Church, having been formerly a Baptist highly involved in my high school youth group, as well as being a non-denominational who served on foreign mission trips with that faith community in the two years of high school graduation. I [...]

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