Gray Plunkett: Former Episcopalian Missionary – The Journey Home

Gray Plunkett: Former Episcopalian Missionary – The Journey Home

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Gray was brought in the Episcopal church. He had always believed in Christ but it was in his sophomore year in college that he became on fire for the Lord through Inter-Varsity Fellowship. After graduation, he became a missionary through Wycliffe Bible Translators. While in seminary he began to be drawn to the Catholic Church. While a missionary in Africa, he was drawn ever more to the Catholic faith. He was received into the Catholic Church while on the mission field. read more

Doug Trout: Revert from the Evangelical Friends (Quakers) – The Journey Home

Doug Trout: Revert from the Evangelical Friends (Quakers) – The Journey Home

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Doug was brought in a Catholic family. As a young man he led a secular life. He met Christ through a group of Evangelical Friends, a branch of the Quakers. While attending a seminary, he met up with a Catholic childhood friend who responded to his objections to the Catholic faith knowledgably and with love. He ask him, “What is the pillar and foundation of truth?” Doug said, “The Bible.” His friend answered, “Then why does the Bible say that it is the truth.” This began his journey back to the fullness of the Catholic faith. read more

Marcus Grodi: Former Presbyterian Minister – The Journey Home

Marcus Grodi: Former Presbyterian Minister – The Journey Home

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In this first year anniversary episode of the Journey Home, Doug Keck turns the tables on Marcus and interviews him of an open-line episode. Marcus Grodi was reared Lutheran but, while in college, accepted Christ in a Charismatic Congregational church. After attending Gordon-Conwell seminary he was ordained a Congregational minister. Seeking doctrinal authority he became a Presbyterian minister. Still frustrated with his inability to know for certain whether what he preached was the Truth, a “chance” meeting with an old seminary classmate, Scott Hahn, started him on the road Home to the Catholic Church. read more

Rick Ricciardi: Former Assemblies of God Minister & Revert – The Journey Home

Rick Ricciardi: Former Assemblies of God Minister & Revert – The Journey Home

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Rick was raised Catholic but left, believing that he had had escaped, he believed, from a Church that taught works for salvation. He was “saved” in a Southern Baptist congregation. Three months later he preached his first sermon. Later he would serve in the Assemblies of God. He journey Home began at the wedding Mass of his brother. This was the catalyst which began a long journey of study and prayer back to full-communion with the Catholic Church. read more

Bruce & Barbara Brown: Former Presbyterians – The Journey Home

Bruce & Barbara Brown: Former Presbyterians – The Journey Home 

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When Bruce and Barbara were first married there were not Christian and within a year they were divorced. While they were separated then met Christ independently of each other. Their faith in God reunited them. They now wanted to do and go anywhere God wished. After many years of study they became active Presbyterians. Barbara got a job proof reading a Catholic magazine. While reading she was confronted with the truths of the Catholic faith. Barbara shared her thoughts with Bruce and they began studying Catholic teaching together. They were received into the Church in 1997. Sadly, Barbara passed away on December 28, 2005. read more

Tim Staples: Former Assemblies of God Youth Minister – The Journey Home

Tim Staples: Former Assemblies of God Youth Minister – The Journey Home

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Tim was raised a Southern Baptist. Although he fell away from the faith of his childhood, he came back to faith in Christ during his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. While in the Marine Corps, he became involved in ministry with various Assemblies of God communities. During his final year in the Marines, however, Tim met a Marine who really knew his faith and challenged Tim to study Catholicism from Catholic and historical sources. Tim was determined to prove Catholicism wrong, but he ended up studying his way to the last place he thought he would ever end up: the Catholic Church, into which he was received in 1988. read more

Dr. Alan Schreck: Life-long Catholic – The Journey Home

Dr. Alan Schreck: Life-long Catholic – The Journey Home

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Marcus and Alan answer open-line questions. Alan has been a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville since 1978. He received his Doctorate in Theology from University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, in 1979. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Theology from University of St. Michael’s College and a Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude in Theology and English from University of Notre Dame. He and his wife Nancy live in Steubenville, where they have raised five children. He is the author of “Catholic and Christian: An Explanation of Commonly Misunderstood Catholic Beliefs,” “The Catholic Challenge: Why Just Being Catholic Isn’t Enough Anymore” and “Hearts Aflame: The Holy Spirit at the Heart of Christian Life Today.” read more

Dr. Thomas C. Reeves: Former Episcopalian – The Journey Home

Dr. Thomas C. Reeves: Former Episcopalian – The Journey Home

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Tom was reared Lutheran but he and his wife became Episcopalian in 1960. He very involved in the Anglo-Catholic movement and considered themself Catholic. With much pain he watched the Anglican Communion flounder and fall apart without any source of true authority. Looking about he discovered that the Catholic Church is the only church that teaches with the authentic authority of Jesus Christ. Tom has written the following books: “The Empty Church: The Suicide of Liberal Christianity” and “America’s Bishop: The Life and Times of Fulton J. Sheen.” read more

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time & Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus August 13,2014

Readings & Reflections: Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time & Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus  August 13,2014

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Reading 1 EZ 9:1-7; 10:18-22

The LORD cried loud for me to hear: Come, you scourges of the city!
With that I saw six men coming from the direction
of the upper gate which faces the north,
each with a destroying weapon in his hand.
In their midst was a man dressed in linen,
with a writer’s case at his waist.
They entered and stood beside the bronze altar.
Then he called to the man dressed in linen
with the writer’s case at his waist, saying to him:
Pass through the city, through Jerusalem,
and mark a “Thau” on the foreheads of those who moan and groan
over all the abominations that are practiced within it.
To the others I heard the LORD say:
Pass through the city after him and strike!
Do not look on them with pity nor show any mercy!
Old men, youths and maidens, women and children–wipe them out!
But do not touch any marked with the “Thau”; begin at my sanctuary.
So they began with the men, the elders, who were in front of the temple.
Defile the temple, he said to them, and fill the courts with the slain;
then go out and strike in the city. read more