Princess Zinaida Volonsky 1792. Russian nobility, possible lover of Alexander I. Known as the queen of music and beauty. Moved to Rome after being suspected of converting to Catholicism and was known for her kindness and generosity.
Elisabeth Leseur: Elisabeth Leseur was a Frenchwoman who lived from 1866-1914. She was a devout Catholic who was married to an atheist. Her husband and his atheistic friends would tease and criticize Elisabeth for her faith. She decided that she would not antagonize them, but rather, kept her faith inside and released it into a journal. Her husband, Felix, read her diary after she died, and he converted and become a priest. Elisabeth Leseur’s cause for canonization continues to be investigated.
At age 16, Tolkien fell in love with Edith Bratt, three years his senior. His guardian, a Catholic priest, was horrified that his ward was seeing a Protestant & ordered the boy to have no contact with Edith until he turned 21. Tolkien obeyed, pining after Edith for years until his 21st b-day, when he met with her under a railroad viaduct. She broke off her engagement to another man, converted to Catholicism, & they were married for the rest of their lives. Click for the rest of the love story. ♥
Catholic In The Ozarks: Converting Protestants – A Secret Method Interesting. In general, though, we need to strive as a Church to embrace the treasures of our faith, not just to evangelize, but also to live our faith
Conversion story of Samuel Hopper: I was troubled by the number of non-denominational Christian churches. Even within the Protestant denominations there has become a wide spectrum of accepted doctrine and belief. The only way to make sense of things was to go back to the beginning, back to ancient times, back to the Early Church Fathers. Each, clearly, believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. What else might I have gotten wrong?
John Henry Cardinal Newman, former Anglican. „I have never had a moment’s misgiving that the communion of Rome is that Church which the Apostles set up at Pentecost, which alone has the adoption on the sons, & the glory, & the covenants, & the revealed law, & the service of God, & the Promises… Never have I for a moment hesitated in my conviction, since 1845, that it was my clear duty to join the Catholic Church, as I did then join it, which in my own conscience I felt to be divine.”
Adrienne von Speyr was a laywoman, wife, medical doctor, spiritual writer, and Catholic mystic. Originally a Reformed Protestant, she converted to Catholicism on the Feast of All Saints, November 1, 1940, when she was 38, under the spiritual direction of the famous Jesuit theologian, Hans Urs von Balthasar
Ilyas Khan, a convert to Catholicism from Islam, targeted by extremists, and an example of profound Christian humility and bravery.
Dorothy Day was a Journalist, Social Activist, devout Catholic convert & advocated Catholic economic theory of Distributism
Catholic Convert Moira Noonan left the Christian faith in the mid-1970s and she went on to explore nearly every path of New Age spiritual practice. Her dramatic return to her original faith, culminating in her deliverance from demonic possession at Medjugorje, are the subjects of this absorbing contemporary classic in the literature of spiritual warfare. Noonan’s story has been an inspiration to thousands of people who have felt the inadequacy of New Age-inspired road maps to enlightenment.
The Coming Home Network’s pamphlet – please download, print, and share our ministry with your friends! (free printable)
From Noe Badillo:”As a Jew who is a Catholic convert, Pope Pius XII is one of my all time heroes. During the holocaust he helped over 350,000 Jewish people to safety, hiding thousands in the Vatican and other churches, convents and rectories. Read more about him in this article: en.wikipedia.org/…;
Malcolm Muggeridge Highly iconoclastic English wit who became a catholic convert and mystic from early socialist and agnostic origins
Atheist blogger Leah Libresco shocked the secular community this week when she announced on her Patheos blog that she has converted to Christianity. Her article, entitled, “This is my last post for the Patheos Atheist Portal,” explained her conversion to Catholicism, which has sent shock-waves through the atheist blogosphere.
Marriage: Contract vs. Sacrament By Howard Kainz 6 The Norwegian novelist, Sigrid Undset (1882-1949), baptized a Lutheran but raised by agnostic parents, and who emerged from a difficult seven-year marriage at age thirty-seven, converted to Catholicism in 1924.
From Darkness into Light -great spiritual read of a Hollywood actor who was kidnapped in Columbia and reverted to the Catholic faith.
Juan Carlos was married in Athens at the Church of Saint Dennis on 14 May 1962, to Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark, daughter of King Paul. She was Greek Orthodox but converted to Roman Catholicism in order to become Spain’s queen. Her name is now styled as Queen Sofia.
Princess Irene of the Netherlands is the second child of the late Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. In the public eye since birth, Irene made headlines when she and her family fled during World War II, first to Britain and then to Canada. Her decision to convert to Catholicism and to marry the eldest son of the pretender to the Spanish throne caused a crisis in both the Dutch royal family and government, bringing her into the world spotlight once again.
James Collinson (9 May 1825 – 24 Jan 1881) was a Victorian painter who was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood from 1848 to 1850. Collinson was a devout Christian who was attracted to the devotional and high church aspects of Pre-Raphaelitism. A convert to Catholicism, Collinson reverted to high Anglicanism in order to marry Christina Rossetti, but his conscience forced his return to Catholicism and the break-up of the engagement. Painting here „The Holy Family” 1878
Queen Christina of Sweden Portrait by Sébastien Bourdon Queen Christina of Sweden caused a scandal when she stepped down from the throne and converted from Lutheranism to Catholicism in 1654. Known for her unconventional dress sense, deep voice and masculine behaviour, she is believed to have been born with a mix of female and male genitals and hormones. An eight-page parchment document that announced her abdication will be part of the exhibition of 100 documents in Rome
St. Augustine of Hippo, died 430 A.D. Next to Aquinas, he’s the greatest & most influential Christian thinker ever. Brilliant theologian, philosopher, and bishop. He managed to relentlessly pursue Truth even after getting caught up in various sects & with various women. He eventually gave in to God and converted to the Christian faith. His articulation of the relationship between faith & authority was instrumental in my conversion to the Catholic Church.
McLuhan in 1937, the year that he converted to Catholicism & Finnegan’s Wake was published.
Jewish-born Catholic Theologians forward.com/…
Varsity Catholic – Cameron Meredith by Varsity Catholic. University of Nebraska Football Player Cameron Meredith gives a candid talk about his conversion to the Catholic Faith.
John Henry Newman, whose On The Development of Christian Doctrine was pivotal in my conversion to Catholicism and for whom I took the name John Henry at confirmation.
St. Peregrine, an anti-Catholic, had a conversion as a young man. After experiencing a vision from Mary, he became a priest. He lived and worked, as much as possible, in silence, solitude, and without sitting down for 30 years in attempt to do penance for his early life. A victim of a spreading cancer in his foot, he was scheduled for amputation. He spent the night before in prayer; he received a vision of Christ who touched the diseased area. The next morning, his cancer was completely healed.
Surprised by Truth: 11 Converts Give the Biblical and Historical Reasons for Becoming Catholic
An amazing true story about a pagan boy (Catholic convert) from Rwanda who had visits and messages from Jesus in the 1980s.
The Appalling Strangeness and Mercy of god- about a mother of seven, Harvard grad, Catholic convert, and pro-life advocate. She lived a full, holy life, and died at age 41 from breast cancer.
The “Full Gospel” by Ernest R. Freeman The Drill Sergeant walked into the barracks and yelled, “Who wants to go to church? Be out front in 10 minutes!” Being an eighteen-year-old raw recruit in desperate need of a break from military training, I decided to go. I assumed it would be a Protestant gathering; to my astonishment it was a Roman Catholic Mass. A sense of alienation set in as the Mass began; it was as if I had been transported to an alternate universe.
New Conversion Story: Hope that the World Cannot Give – by former secularist Brother John Nahrgang: Childhood, Early Adolescence & Happiness (1980-1995) I was born on April 5th, 1980, in Marquette, Michigan, to two loving parents and a sister already in the mix. After five years of growing up in northern Michigan, my family and I moved to Minneapolis, where my father was in pursuit of a new career.
A Change of Faith by Joan Thomas Every conversion is a miracle because it is a divine gift from God.
I was raised in a family that was steeped in the Assemblies of God (AG) tradition. My grandfather, Marvin Gorman, was the pastor of the largest AG church in the state of Louisiana with around four to six thousand people in attendance every Sunday. As an adult, I was a third generation minister in an Assemblies of God (AG) turned non-denominational church in Ruston, Louisiana.
Dr. Paul Thigpen – His Open Arms Welcomed Me ||| (Former atheist, member of the New Age Movement, and Evangelical pastor)
My Conversion to the Catholic Church – Justin Motes
Top atheist blogger goes Catholic
Crossed The Tiber An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism
Atheist Convert: Jennifer Fulwiler —praise God!
Evangelical Convert: Richard Maffeo
Catholic convert blog (former Protestant pastor)
Catholic Converts.YouTube video
From Agnostic Theist to Seminarian: Part 2 — Catholic Sistas welcomes the second installment of seminarian Craig DeYoung’s beautiful conversion story.
Donna D’Errico Former Playboy Playmate Searches For Noah’s Ark, Prays the Rosary “Every Night” With Her Kids, Wears the Brown Scapular
Why I’m Catholic – a fantastic website with inspiring conversion stories.
Evangelical Convert: Richard Maffeo
The conversion of St. Paul on the way to Damascus, by Caravaggio
Going AWOL Out of The Christian Civil War: How My Desire for Christian Unity Lead Me Home to The Catholic Church (Part 2)) – In the first part of my “coming home” story, I described how my Christian life began and how, only a few years later, God began to place a burden on my heart for the lack of unity within the Christian family. If you missed the Part 1, you can read it here. This dissatisfaction I felt with the existence of multiple Christian denominations, and t
Journey Home – 2012-01-08 – Former Mormon – Marcus Grodi with Albert Holder
Journey Home – Former Mormon – Marcus Grodi with Barry Metzentine – 11-29-2010
Journey Home – Former Church of Christ Minister – Marcus Grodi with Eben Emerson – 01-31-2011
Journey Home – Revert – Marcus Grodi with Fr. Patrick J. Rohen – 07-04-2011
Journey Home – Former Presbyterian – Marcus Grodi with David MacDonald – 06-20-2011
Journey Home – 10-31-2011 – Former Episcopalian – Marcus Grodi with Caroline Rood
Journey Home – Convert from Judaism – Marcus Grodi with Brian Robbins – 04-11-2011
Converting to the Catholic Church? New to traditional Catholicism but feel like a fish out of water? Trying to get comfortable with Catholic culture, Catholic customs, and Catholic traditions? This section’s for you! Prayer, the Mass and other traditional Sacramental rites, the customs of Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter — the „how-tos” of traditional Catholic practices are in here
Joshua Lim’s Story: A Westminster Seminary California Student becomes Catholic–very good discussion in the comment section too.
Why an OPC pastor enters the catholic church–JasonCindyStewartMain
Why I Became Catholic (and Not Buddhist)-Written by: Misty-One of the questions I get most often when people hear I’m a convert is, “Why did you choose to become Catholic?” I’ve been asked this question by Jews, Baptists, Mormons, atheists, and even Jehovah’s Witnesses. The person who asks the question never says the rest of it, which is, “Why did you choose to become a Catholic INSTEAD of what I am?” These are people of genuine faith, who believe they have found and are living by The Truth.
Surfer Priest with an incredible conversion story
Thursday, July 12, 2012 From Agnostic Theist to Seminarian: Part 3 Catholic Sistas welcomes the third installment of seminarian Craig DeYoung’s beautiful conversion story. You can read the second part of Craig’s story here. Please check back soon for the fourth and final installment in this inspiring series. In Part II of my conversion story, I wrote about how my life was simply blah. God was… Read more »