The Journey Home
In a classic episode from 2003, Fr. Richard John Neuhaus explains what led him to full communion with the Catholic Church.
The CHNetwork Weekly Roundup
Our latest digest of original and curated Catholic content for converts and the curious.
"In one moment, it all came back to me... and it all made sense."
Signposts - Mike Aquilina
Mike Aquilina took his faith very seriously in grade school, but lost interest in high school. While studying history and literature at a secular university, it all came back to him.
The U.S. Supreme Court Helped to Lead Me Home
Conversion Story of Charles Johnston
Charles Johnston didn’t understand how anyone could accept the Church’s authority to interpret scripture- until he reflected on the Supreme Court’s authority to interpret the law.
The Journey Home
Dr. Bryan Cross
Former Pentecostal, Reformed Presbyterian and Anglican Dr. Bryan Cross shares how the study of philosophy led him into the Catholic Church.
From Atheism to Catholicism
New Book with Foreword by Marcus Grodi
In a new book from EWTN Publishing, nine converts share what led them from atheism to belief in Christ and membership in His Catholic Church.
Jesus the Stalker
Conversion Story of Laura Richards
Two decades after giving him for adoption, lukewarm Catholic Laura Richards finally reconnected with her son- who, she discovered, was studying for the priesthood.
"I needed to get my faith in order for the sake of my family."
When Jenna Wilber had her second child, she knew it was time for her family to make finding a church home a priority. That’s when a friend told her about spiritual direction.
The Journey Home
Returning guest Marie Joseph shares with Marcus Grodi why she wandered away from her Catholic faith, and what brought her back.
What Prayers Do You Say Before and After Communion?
CHNetwork Community Question
CHNetwork members and readers are invited to weigh in on what prayers they’ve adopted before and after communion to help them enter more deeply into the mystery of the sacrament.
The Fruit of Persevering Prayer
Conversion Story of James Wilson
James Wilson details his path out of drug and alcohol addiction and back to his Catholic faith.
Why Trust the Catholic Church?
Catholic historian and patristics scholar Mike Aquilina explains why we can trust the Catholic Church, despite a history full of chaos and conflict.
Your Story is Our Mission
You are striving to know Jesus Christ with your whole heart, and this passion leads us to share the stories of others who have taken your path. Learn how people like have been led to the Catholic Church
How Our Story Began
The CHNetwork began in 1993 out of the seemingly isolated experiences of Marcus and Marilyn Grodi and several other Protestant clergy and their spouses. Upon leaving their pastorates to enter the Catholic Church, they discovered with surprise that there were many others being drawn by the Holy Spirit to take the same journey.
Since then, the Coming Home Network has connected with thousands of other pastors and laypeople from a variety of denominational backgrounds. Humbly, we share with you the stories of how the Holy Spirit moved us toward the Catholic Church and the unity for which He prayed.
We Sought a Firm Foundation
We live in the “soup” of modern Christendom — hundreds, even thousands, of Christian movements, denominations, and associations, each with their own set of doctrines and lists of “essentials,” each increasingly more individualistic and detached from any formal connection to historic Christianity.
Still, the guiding light for the majority of non-Catholic Christians is the Bible alone. But if the Bible alone is sufficient, why are there so many contradictory opinions as to what is necessary for salvation, how we ought to live our lives, and whether belonging to a church — to any church — is even important?
Explore the questions and struggles that set us out on the path to rediscover our roots in the Catholic Church. Wherever you are on the journey, we’re here to help you find answers.
A Network for Catholic Converts and Those on the Journey
This journey can be difficult. It often results in the loss of friends and family, as well as the loss of career and financial support in the case of pastors or ministers. It usually requires a rethinking of one’s doctrinal and moral convictions, as well as one’s vocation as a child of God. It can be a very lonely experience. Sometimes the most difficult part of the journey occurs after one has come home. Inquirers and converts need the friendship of others who understand what they are experiencing.
It was to provide this sense of connection that the Coming Home Network was formed. We began to share conversion stories via our newsletter, to work with people on the journey to Catholicism and connect them with other converts, and to create new opportunities for fellowship, such as our online community and regional retreats. The fellowship grew and now every week the Lord adds new members as clergy and laity from other traditions seek assistance and encouragement as they consider coming home to the Catholic Church.
Abiding in Christ
The Christian life is far more than a one-time acceptance of Jesus Christ as one’s personal Lord and Savior. Jesus called all who would follow Him to abide in Him: to remain, continue, and by His grace conquer. This is why our Lord gave us more than a book to follow, but a Church to live in, and in which find the support we need to grow spiritually.
As you continue your journey, we want to be praying for you and helping you grow in prayer and your relationship with Jesus Christ.
Even the consideration of religious conversion can bring with it tremendous spiritual challenges. As you explore the Catholic Church, we want to help you stay steeped in prayer and growing in your spiritual walk with Christ.
A Difficult Road for Non-Catholic Clergy & Pastors
We realize that seekers, especially those in ministerial or leadership positions in non-Catholic traditions, can encounter many difficulties when their search for truth leads to the Catholic Church. Their family and friends may not understand this search. Their livelihood may be in jeopardy, and the path forward uncertain.
We are a network of former Protestant pastors and ministers who ourselves became Catholic and encountered the unique struggles such a journey entails. We are here to provide other journeyers with fellowship, resources, and advocacy as they make the journey home to Catholicism.