The Journey Home
Featuring Fr. Bonaventure Chapman O.P.
Father Bonaventure Chapman talks to Marcus Grodi about his path from Anglican seminary to the Catholic Church.
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Conversion Story of Ann Oliver
Former Anglican, Ann Oliver tells the story of her long journey to the Catholic Church.
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by Paul Thigpen
Dr. Paul Thigpen explores how Catholics can respond when asked by their protestant friends, “are you saved?”
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with Emily Stimpson Chapman
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Our Story & Mission
We strove to follow Jesus Christ with our whole hearts and this led us somewhere we never expected: the Catholic Church. Read on to learn more about our story and mission
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 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.
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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
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.