This is an exciting moment. I’m writing to announce the launch of Calling All Converts, a brand new Catholic apostolate developed to provide support to converts and those curious about the Catholic faith. Simply put, we exist to make conversion easier.
Those of you who are converts (I’m one, as well) know that conversion is an amazing, wonderful experience.
I still remember standing before the congregation of St Charles Borromeo in North Hollywood, CA. with my wife Tina and several friends who were entering the Church with us. It was Easter Vigil 1997. I had been a Protestant minister for eleven years and had come to conviction of the truth of the Catholic faith through a great deal of struggle over the course of several years. This was one of the most meaningful evenings of my life. The time came. The monsignor anointed me with oil, traced the sign of the cross on my forehead and spoke those words, “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” My eyes filled with tears and I nearly cracked right then and there.
Conversion can be a wonderful experience. But it can also be hard. Because of this, converts need help.
For instance, converts need inspiration. They need the encouragement that comes from listening to the inspiring stories of those who’ve made the journey before them.
Converts need answers. Converts come with all sorts of questions about the faith that they need solid answers to.
Converts need connection. They need to know they’re not alone, that there’s someone they can talk to who understands what they’re going through. They need a friend who can relate to the struggles and difficulties. Here’s where the needs converts have go beyond what can be supplied by even the most informative website, book or CD. This is where we work to connect converts with someone who has been down the same road and can walk with them.
Converts need involvement. Many come into the Church with tremendous experience and gifts for ministry, and on fire for the faith. They begin attending Mass, but beyond that find themselves twiddling their thumbs and wondering what comes next. They need support learning how to get involved, how to find a real home in the Catholic Church where they can use the gifts God has given them in joyful service to others.
Converts need spiritual direction. They need guidance on how to grow in their spiritual lives as Catholics.
Finally, some converts (I was one of these) need vocational support. Those who had ministerial positions in non-Catholic churches may need help reimagining their futures and finding a job.
Converts come with all sorts of needs. Our mission is to make conversion easier by doing what we can to meet those needs.
And yes, for those of you who’ve been reading, enjoying and profiting from my apologetics lessons, these will continue as a part of the support we want to provide to converts, reverts and those curious about the Catholic faith. So stick with me!
Finally, I invite you to join me in this good work. There are thousands and thousands of RCIA directors and students, for example, who could benefit tremendously from the resources we bring together at Calling All Converts. We want to get those resources before their eyes. But of course our desire is to get Calling All Converts in front of anyone and everyone who could benefit from it.
So check out the site and if you like what you see, share it with others. It’s that simple.
Finally, pray with us that through this work, many, many will be assisted in their journey into Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. That’s our desire and prayer.
God be with you!