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Author:  Irenic [ Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:43 pm ]
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All:

Hi.

Long story short (or as short as I could make it):

Grew up in the Buckle of the Bible Belt in Northern Alabama. Raised in rural Independant and Southern Baptist Churches. Made a "profession of faith" at age 8. Baptized at around 11.

By 17, had slowly drifted away from all but Theism and a vague, functionally-Arian understanding of Christ.

Had a radical conversion from actually READING the bible in the summer of 2000. Recognized Jesus Christ as God, Lord and Savior. Went back to my Baptist roots, but started studying theology, Church history and other traditions. Taught Sunday School. Became a licensed lay minister in a Southern Baptist Church.

Never hated Catholics, but did not like their doctrine nor organization.

Got into the Reformation and Calvinism. Joined a Reformed Baptist Church. Learned a lot. History opened up to me for the first time. Studied the roots of the Doctrines of Grace (Augustine and the Council of Orange.) Studied Luther and other reformers and the issues over their splits with Rome. Began to study the Fathers and early church more. Was very comfortable being Baptist and Reformed.

Read Justin Martyr and Irenaeus. Got my legs knocked out from under me.

Read more. Started to open up to the idea of the Sacraments and the Episcopate. Studied the ancient church, both east and west. Started to open up to the idea of Tradition. Found "scripture alone" untenalbe.

Prayed a lot. Sat quietly in chairs and thought a lot.

Met Catholics. Prayed with them. Attended Mass. Found self very drawn to Eurcharist.

Currently planning to enter RCIA with lovely wife in September. Have two wonderful boys (8 & 10) who love the Mass.

Learning to trust the Church because I trust Christ. Hoping to enter it, Lord willing, next Easter.

Be well and God bless.

Author:  BobCatholic [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 4:04 am ]
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Welcome Home! :)

Author:  King's Daughter [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 6:01 am ]
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WELCOME IRENIC! :wave Studying can be a dangerous thing, can't it (Hee, hee) I had the same problem, and now I'll also be starting RCIA in September. Can't wait either. It's amazing what a little reading does! :wink:

Well, the next 8 months or should be an amazing journey for the both of us. May God bless your family's journey to Rome!

Author:  Tired [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 7:14 am ]
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Hi, Irenic. Welcome to DCF! You've stumbled upon a great board filled with lots of very knowledgable people. (The only bad thing about this place is once you get sucked in, it's hard to find time for much else! ::): )

(Iraneous and Justin Martyr - wonderful men, eh? I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Jurgens - Faith of the Early Fathers series (3 volumes) but you might be interested in it if you are looking for more writings.)

Author:  faithfulservant [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 8:18 am ]
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another "convicted by truth" story.... love it... welocme to the board and welcome home...i pray your RCIA experience will be a fruitful and fulfilling one... please don't hesitate to use us in any way that is necessary wrt any questions you might have...that's what the Cath101 forum is for 8-)

Author:  nesseca [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:05 am ]
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Welcome to the board. I got my start on the road to Rome in northern Alabama - Huntsville to be exact.

Author:  Jackie [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:08 am ]
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Hi, Irenic. Welcome to the board and to the Church!

Author:  1HCaAC [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:35 am ]
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Welcome and hope to see you in the discussions.

I began as a Methodist, drifted away from organized religion, became a Lutheran (Missouri Synod), and then went through RCIA classes, but had no intention of becoming a Catholic.

During RCIA the Holy Spirit showed me that the Catholic Church was the right place and the true Church.

Author:  anna1978 [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:37 am ]
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Wonderful story of conversion-in-steps, we don't always get there quickly, but we get there if it's where God wants us :clap: ! Welcome, I hope you'll stay :mrgreen: !

Anna x

Author:  Gracie2004 [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 1:57 pm ]
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Welcome home, Irenic...from a fellow convert from the southern Baptist religion.

Gracie

Author:  faithfulservant [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 2:17 pm ]
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nesseca wrote:
Welcome to the board. I got my start on the road to Rome in northern Alabama - Huntsville to be exact.


which is where my conversion experience took place...in front of a statue of our Lord in a cemetery west of town... :shock: 4 days after i asked our Lady to take me where She wanted me to be... :heart: :heart: :heart:

Author:  MoreistCarmelite [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 5:07 pm ]
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Welcome home! :)

Just watch out for Justin Martyr, he's a shifty fellow.

Author:  Irenic [ Mon Aug 15, 2005 9:55 pm ]
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Thanks for the warm welcome!

faithfulservant and nesseca: I live in MADISON, AL about a mile outside HUNTSVILLE. Small planet! Maybe the Preists bless the water supply up here or something! :)

Author:  faithfulservant [ Tue Aug 16, 2005 1:16 am ]
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irenic, have you made the short trip down the road to visit the Ave Maria grotto in cullman, and Mother Angelica's Shrine in hanceville? if not...time to take a road trip! :wink:

Author:  Lolly [ Tue Aug 16, 2005 3:44 am ]
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Welcome!

God bless,
Lolly

Author:  Irenic [ Tue Aug 16, 2005 6:25 pm ]
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faithfulservant wrote:
irenic, have you made the short trip down the road to visit the Ave Maria grotto in cullman, and Mother Angelica's Shrine in hanceville? if not...time to take a road trip! :wink:


I'm actually FROM Cullman county. I know the Grotto well (through an odd turn of events I ended up chanting with them one evening back when I was a mohawked, lapsed Baptist.) I've been there many times, but not since I entered my "pre-Papist" phase in ernest.

I have driven up to the Shrine. I have a friend who goes to Mass there often and I plan to join him down there one day.

Author:  Lelesim [ Thu Aug 18, 2005 3:47 pm ]
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Welcome, Irenic, from another fellow Alabamian! :mrgreen:

Author:  DLB [ Sat Aug 20, 2005 11:09 pm ]
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Irenic,

Welcome home and welcome to the board. I also grew up Southern Baptist.(There are quite a few of us around here!) Know what you mean about the early church fathers. Have you read or heard of "Four Witnesses" by Rod Bennett? He writes about Sts Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Clement of Rome and Irenaeus. Mr. Bennett was a Southern Baptist by the way. :D

Debbie

Author:  Catholic Defender [ Sun Aug 21, 2005 12:06 am ]
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Welcome home, chalk up another one for the ECF's! I'm glad they are on our side!

Author:  Blondie [ Sun Aug 21, 2005 8:51 am ]
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Welcome home!!! :clap:

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