Conversion Story

My conversion story, like everyone elses, is and will always be a work in progress. But to avoid a huge backlog of “My Journey To Rome #47264813” posts, I thought I’d give the Reader’s Digest version up to this point.

2008: I started babysitting for the M. Family when I was a freshman in undergrad. They had two (now four)ย children adopted from China, and I have four siblings adopted from China – I quickly found out they were Catholic when one of their little boys informed me that I prayed funny my first night sitting for them. I began to pray for their “poor Catholic souls”, and was curious as to how their mother converted TO Catholicism from Protestantism. It was totally unheard of to me. I knew of plenty of people who had left the Church, but none who willingly entered in.

Fall 2009: I found out the Donut Man converted to Catholicism. Do not laugh. I was seriously dumbfounded by this revelation. When I was a little girl I was the closest thing to a groupie I think it’s possible for a cheesy Christian children’s entertainer armed with a donut puppet and an army of small Barney-style children singers to have. To this very day I get Donut Man songs stuck in my head at the strangest times. The news that he converted was a shock to me, but I started to suspect that if ROB EVANS converted to Catholicism, it COULDN’T be the Anti-Christ. . .right? I’d read the early church fathers in junior high and high school, but decided that maybe it was time to see what this whole Catholic thing was about. A few weeks later, I asked Mrs. M. if I could attend Mass with her family that weekend. My Protestant spidey sense should have alerted me to the convert blood-thirsty glow in her eyes. But I went anyway. My heart was shaken at the sense of overwhelming peace, and sense of homecoming I had that morning. I chalked it up to the incense.

Winter 2009: I kept waiting for the “Aha! See! They DO worship Mary!” moment to arrive, but it didn’t. I devoured everything on Catholicism I could get my hands on. I revisited the church fathers. I sat in on RCIA classes. I cornered the presenters in dimly lit back classroom of a small parish with Mrs. M. and refused to let him leave until I had exhausted every argument I possessed against conversion. I lurked like a cyber creeper on large Catholic forums. I read blogs like Conversion Diary and Betty Beguiles in one of my classes that didn’t test over lecture.

January-May 2010: I was sold. I had to be a part of this. There was no question in my mind that this Church was what God had been preparing me for throughout my entire life. I started attending RCIA regularly, but the group was already past the inquiry stage. I opted against coming into the church before I left for the summer, for family and other personal reasons.

Summer 2010: Out of respect for my father, and an unwillingness to see him go through any more drama over this decision than necessary, I drove 30 miles to a tiny parish in the middle of nowhere, and attended their vigil Tridentine Latin Mass.

Fall 2010: I’m in RCIA for real now! I’m excited about where life is going, and happy to be on the road home!

Spring 2011: I was received into the church on Easter Vigil. YAY!

12 Responses to “Conversion Story”

  1. Melina September 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Hi! I stumbled upon your blog via the comment you left at Simcha Fisher’s 7 Quick Takes today (yeah, it’s a boring day in the office, and your “secret vatican spy” name intrigued me). Anyway, I just wanted to say congratulations on the decision to convert! I’m a cradle Catholic, and have always admired people who have the curiosity to seek God, the intellectual honesty to read and come to the truth, and the guts to make what is often not an easy decision. God bless!
    Melina

  2. priest's wife September 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    love your blog’s name- and your conversion story—read a little more on Byzantine rite Catholics and you’ll understand how I can be a priest’s wife ๐Ÿ™‚

    • secretvaticanspy September 25, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

      It’s so funny that you posted today – I’ve been doing a lot of research on the Eastern Rite churches lately. I’m visiting a Maronite parish tomorrow morning for Divine Liturgy. Love reading your blog – PLEASE write more! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Nanette October 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    I visited your blog thru Kasclar at Journal of a Nobody. Great blog & blogger that gal! Wonderful conversion story and ditto to what Melina wrote. Many blessings on your continued journey Home. N
    crookedhalocatholicblog.blogspot.com

  4. Kimberlie October 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Aha! I have found your blog. I have got to laugh. I love the “convert blood thirsty glow” comment. Yes, I have to admit there were many times I had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming and kept telling myself “don’t get too excited. It’s a long way to Rome.” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Love you!!!
    Mrs. M

    • The Secret Vatican Spy November 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

      Yay!! I kept forgetting to give you the link, but you discovered it with your super stellar cyber sleuth skills anyway! ๐Ÿ˜€ Love you, thanks for everything!

  5. Elizabeh November 5, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    Ditto ditto on Melina’s comment.

    Welcome to the journey to Rome!

  6. convertingheart November 26, 2010 at 1:59 am #

    Hi! I just found you by entering “conversion story” in WordPress search. Just wanted to see if there were any other crazies out there.;o)

    I love your digest idea, but I found it a bit too late – I’m already up to my neck! It’s really hard to figure out how the change of heart came to be and exactly when. I have my work ahead of me!

    Thanks for sharing your story. I can relate to a lot of it. Can’t wait to read more!

    • The Secret Vatican Spy November 28, 2010 at 1:37 am #

      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, we crazies abound on the internet – and with God’s grace, we’ll see a lot more! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Sarah April 8, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    hi there! i came across your blog through the Quick Takes link on Conversion Diary. I just wanted to say hi from one Catholic convert to another (I converted Easter of 2007). Congratulations on entering the church! Great blog!

  8. Lacey April 26, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    Welcome! I joined up last year (woo! One year anniversary!) and had very much the same steady flow of realizations that you had (I, too, had literally no idea that people who had once been Protestant ever became Catholic. The idea was dumbfounding to me.). I can say with conviction that I still experience the same anticipation for every Eucharist, which is pretty cool. Glad to have found you!

  9. Kirsten MacDonald April 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    Love your blog! From one convert to another, keep up the great work ๐Ÿ™‚

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