Category Archives: Educational Speaker

Fr. Philip Anderson: Former Agnostic – The Journey Home

Fr. Philip Anderson: Former Agnostic – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 22, 2014

Father Philip grew up in a happy middle class family. His parents were searchers who raised him in a Unitarian congregation. As a teen, he rebelled and ran from God. Reading Aldous Huxley led him to believe that he could have mystical experiences through drugs. The positive influence of some professors in college let him to Christ and eventually, after reading the “Confessions” of St. Augustine of Hippo to the Catholic Church. Fr. Philip is now the Abbott of Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, in Hulbert, OK. For more information, visit www.clearcreekmonks.org. read more

Cathy Duffy: Revert from Calvary Chapel – The Journey Home

Cathy Duffy: Revert from Calvary Chapel – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 22, 2014

Cathy was raised in a Catholic family of eight children. In high school, though, she consciously told God to leave her alone. After she had her first child, she and her husband began to attend Calvary Chapel, where they attended for 20 years. During this time she became involved in the home school movement and, eventually, writing and publishing curriculum materials. As her three sons entered high school, her research into history and especially Church History led her home to the Catholic Church. For more information about Cathy’s work, go to: http://cathyduffyreviews.com. read more

Mark Gordon: Dad Baptist Minister & Mom Assembly of God Minister – The Journey Home

Mark Gordon: Dad Baptist Minister & Mom Assembly of God Minister – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 19, 2014

Mark reared in a wonderful Evangelical home. He gave his heart to Jesus Christ as a young man. His father was ordained an Independent Baptist minister and later served in an Evangelical Friends (Quaker) congregation. His mother later was ordained an Assembly of God minister. As Mark grew in the faith he began to realize that there were deep disagreements among Evangelicals about essential points of doctrine and that something was very wrong. While, watching a papal Mass one Christmas Eve, he began his journey Home to the Catholic Church. read more

Jim Anderson: Former Lutheran – The Journey Home

Jim Anderson: Former Lutheran – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 18, 2014

Jim was brought up in a nominally Methodist home. As a boy he was sent to Sunday school but his parents didn’t attend. Even so, he had a growing longing for God and gave his live to Christ on many occasions. During college he joined the Lutheran church, attracted by its liturgical worship. While in college, he became active in an ecumenical evangelical fellowship, where he met Catholic of loved Christ. While majoring in history, he discovered the Early Church Fathers, who started him on a serious journey to the Catholic Church. He was received into the Church while attending a Protestant seminary. Jim is currently the Senior Advisor – History & Theology for the Coming Home Network International. read more

Ned South: Former Episcopal Priest – The Journey Home

Ned South: Former Episcopal Priest – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 17, 2014

Ned and Marcus answer open-line questions from the Journey Home audience. Ned was a cradle Episcopalian. He parents were very active in his parish. His high school he felt called to ministry but put it off until he was in his 30’s. It wasn’t until he was in seminary that he came into a deep relationship with Christ. He was ordained an Episcopal priest and served in Alabama and Ohio. In the late 1980’s and early ‘90’s the cascade of troubles in the Episcopal church and the lack of any mechanism to stop them cause him to retire early. For a couple of years he attempted to remain Anglican but finally realized that the Catholic Church he must be faithful to God’s call to become a Catholic. We must report that Ned passed to his eternal reward in 2006. read more

Gerry & Yolanda Cleffi: Former Assembly of God Ministers – The Journey Home

Gerry & Yolanda Cleffi: Former Assembly of God Ministers – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 17, 2014

Gerry was baptized Greek Orthodox as a child. He mother was Orthodox and his father Catholic but he did not grow up attending church. Yolanda was reared Catholic but left the Church and became active in the Assembly of God, where she met Gerry, who had returned to the Lord in that congregation. They were marred and both felt called to ministry. They were both ordained as Assembly of God ministers, where they served 22 years, planting new churches. While building a new church building, Yolanda became burnt out and went to a retreat at a Carmelite monastery, where she began to rediscover her Catholic roots. This began their journey back home to the Catholic Church. read more

Fr Larry Heimsoth: Former Lutheran Minister – The Journey Home

Fr Larry Heimsoth: Former Lutheran Minister – The Journey Home

Published on Sep 17, 2014

Father Larry was born in a very pious Missouri-Synod Lutheran home. At the age of six he first believed that God was calling him to be a Lutheran pastor. He went to seminary and became a Lutheran minister in 1971. In his first parish, in Texas, through contact with Baptist and an Episcopal priest friend he underwent a spiritual renewal and a deeper commitment to Christ. In 1973, he became friends with a Catholic priest at the same time his denomination was experiencing a doctrinal crisis. This began his journey toward the Catholic Church. He finally entered the Church, in 1996, and was ordained a Catholic priest, in 1999, with a dispensation from celibacy granted by St. Pope John Paul II. read more

Mother Angelica: Life-long Catholic – The Journey Home

Mother Angelica: Life-long Catholic – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 16, 2014

Mother Angelica joins Marcus for the 4th Anniversary episode of the Journey Home Program. Mother Angelica was born Rita Antoinette Rizzo, in 1923, in Canton, Ohio. In 1944, she joined the contemplative order of the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. After a severe back injury, she told God that if she could walk after the surgery, she would build Him a monastery in the South. True to her word and God’s goodness, the surgery was a success. The new Mother Angelica and five founding Sisters made the journey South. Our Lady of the Angels Monastery was solemnly consecrated on May 2, 1962. In 1980, a garage behind the monastery was converted into a television studio. The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) signed on August 15, 1981. read more

Dean Henderson: Former Anglican Priest – The Journey Home

Dean Henderson: Former Anglican Priest – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 16, 2014

Dean was raised outside of any Christian church. He was introduced to Christ, as a teen, through Young Life. Once he accepted the Lord Jesus, he never turned back, eventually attending seminary and being ordained an Anglican priest in Canada. Very soon he discovered that there was a need to defend the essentials of the Christian faith in the Anglican Communion in Canada. As a member of a group of Protestant ministers seeking to preserve historic Christian beliefs, he was introduced to Catholic teaching through the reading of St. John Paul II encyclicals. After a five-year journey of reading and study, Dean was led to full-communion with the Catholic Church. Six years after this episode, Father Dean was ordained a Catholic priest, in 2007. He currently ministers in a Catholic parish in Victoria, Canada. read more

Marilyn Grodi, Lee South & Dale Sibley: Ministers Wives – The Journey Home

Marilyn Grodi, Lee South & Dale Sibley: Ministers Wives – The Journey Home

Published on Sept 10, 2014

In this special episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses the impact of the journey of Protestant ministers to the Catholic Church on their wives. The guests this evening are Marilyn Grodi, wife of Marcus Grodi a former Presbyterian minister, Lee South, wife of Ned South a former Episcopal Priest, and Dale Sibley, wife of Gordon Sibley a former United Methodist minister. They talk about the ways God guided them on their different and varied paths.

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