This year marks the fifth anniversary of my father-in-law’s conversion to the Catholic Church.
In fact, it was on the occasion of his entrance into the Church that I first met him. My husband served as his sponsor, and the family was celebrating the Triduum together ahead of time. I was the new girl on the block who got to witness this intimate and significant milestone with great joy, knowing that it was something my husband-to-be had prayed for, but never forced, for years.
It was also beautiful to see a close family become even more connected through the sacraments and through the Eucharist.
Since his conversion, nothing can keep my father-in-law from Mass. It is inspirational to see how seriously he takes his faith, and how he desires to grow in his relationship with Christ.
I would imagine that many of you, when reading this short anecdote, could relate to what it means to welcome a loved one, or even a friend, home to the Catholic Faith.
Maybe you have volunteered as a sponsor or helped lead your church’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Or maybe you have encouraged a parent, sibling or child to return to the faith through your witness, prayer and availability to answer questions.
If you know of anyone who has experienced a conversion or a reversion to the faith, I would invite you to reach out and encourage them to share their story with OSV Newsweekly for our annual Conversion Stories feature (this year to be run on Pentecost Sunday, or May 20). Or perhaps that “anyone” is you, and you have your own story of conversion or reversion that you would like to share with our Newsweekly community. It is always so inspiring to see how the Holy Spirit moves in the lives of individuals, beckoning them to either enter or re-enter the Church.
If you would like to participate in this special feature, please send your conversion or reversion stories via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail at 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington, Indiana, 46750. Please put “Conversion Stories” either in the subject line of the email or in the address of the letter.
Entries should be no more than 250 words long, and they must include the individual’s name, city, state and date of entry (or re-entry) into the Church. A photograph of the individual being profiled is ideal and should be sent via email and should be of high-resolution format.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 13 — and early entries are always welcome!
Selected entries will be in the May 20 issue and also online on OSVNews.com.
Thank you for considering to be a part of this special annual feature. We always look forward to reading and sharing your stories. Now if only I can get my father-in-law to participate!