Conversion Stories

"The Conversion of St. Paul" (detail)
by Caravaggio"The Conversion of St. Paul" (detail) by Caravaggio

Three Conversion Stories from the Bible

Nearly everyone loves conversion stories. Over the last couple of decades, the conversion stories of people who have entered the Catholic Church have exploded onto the scene in the form of compilations of short stories found in books such as Surprised by the Truth and more detailed accounts such as found in Scott and Kimberly Hahn’s Rome Sweet Home. But no book contains more [...]

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Race With The Devil

Racism is a preloaded emotion ready to inflict hurt without ever knowing the heart that it lances.  It was just such a hatred that motivated two young men to yell from their truck to my husband, “There’s the nigger lover,” referring to our two boys from Kenya.  I experienced it in reverse myself many years ago from a group of [...]

Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.Night image of St. Peter's Basilica, Ponte Sant’Angelo and Tiber River in Rome, Italy.

From Scotland to Rome – A Story of Conversion

It was 11:45 in the evening and I couldn’t sleep.  I was anxious about a phone conversation I overheard my wife having with her mother about Catholicism and my patience for this divisive topic had run out.  My mother-in-law was asking my wife how she would feel about not receiving the Eucharist at her sister’s upcoming Catholic wedding now that [...]

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My Conversion to Divine Mercy

When I first entered Mount St. Mary’s seminary in Maryland, I met some fellow seminarians with a devotion to the Divine Mercy. They would often get together and recite the chaplet together. I was invited on several occasions to join them, but I always politely declined. I thought I didn’t need another devotion and preferred to use my Rosary beads [...]

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An Unlikely Convert

I was drawn to the Catholic Church while attending a Presbyterian seminary during my mid-twenties.  As the daughter of a United Methodist minister, I was raised in an orthodox, evangelical home and naively assumed that the majority of mainline Protestant seminarians believed just as we did.  At the very least, I reasoned, they could affirm the tenets of the Apostle’s [...]

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My Conversion to Divine Mercy

When I first entered Mount St. Mary’s seminary in Maryland, I met some fellow seminarians with a devotion to the Divine Mercy. They would often get together and recite the chaplet together. I was invited on several occasions to join them, but I always politely declined. I thought I didn’t need another devotion and preferred to use my Rosary beads [...]

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Marcus Grodi Interview with Randy Hain will Air on EWTN’s The Journey Home – Monday Evening, December 26, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Many of you have come to know Randy Hain through his articles here on the Integrated Catholic Life™. Now you can hear his story of conversion to the Catholic Church when he is interviewed by Marcus Grodi [ ... ]

I Witnessed a Miracle

Sister Timothy Marie, O.C.D. Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles  The following story is true. It happened to me. I will never, ever forget it. I had been a Carmelite Sister for many years when this story occurred. It changed my life forever, and I came away from the experience with an explosion of faith bursting [...]

Hauled Aboard the Ark – The Spiritual Journey of Peter Kreeft

I was born into a loving, believing community, a Protestant “mother church” (the Reformed Church) which, though it had not for me the fullness of the faith, had strong and genuine piety. I believed, mainly because of the good example of my parents and my church. The faith of my parents, Sunday School teachers, ministers, and relatives made a real [...]