Frank Simmonds was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on Long Island. His parents were West Indian, from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and raised him in the Roman Catholic faith. His mother died of cancer when he was 17 years old, and for the next 25 years, Frank turned away from his faith and followed an “alternative lifestyle” of drug addiction, homelessness, crime and incarceration until he encountered a power much greater than all his mistakes which enabled him to accept a change in his life. Frank has lived in that encounter ever since. 2 years ago he was diagnosed with advanced-stage neuroendocrine cancer, and 2 months ago he had open-heart surgery to replace the valves destroyed by the cancer. He resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and 2 sons, ages 8 and 9. He hopes to return very soon to his work as a doorman in Manhattan.
Archive for May, 2014
A conversation with Leah Libresco about her conversion from atheism. Leah was raised as an atheist on Long Island, and began blogging about atheism and religion at Unequally Yoked, while she was still in college. After many debates, she was received into the Catholic Church in 2013. She graduated from Yale with a BA in Political Science in 2011, and currently works as an editorial assistant in Washington D.C.
A conversation about conversion with Jennifer Fulwiler. Jennifer’s book Something Other Than God was just published by Ignatius Press, Jennifer is a programmer-turned-writer who chronicles her experiences of faith and family life on her popular blog, ConversionDiary.com. Her articles have also appeared in the National Catholic Register, America, Our Sunday Visitor, Envoy and National Review Online. The author has been a guest on the television shows Fox and Friends, Life on the Rock and The Choices We Face, and is producing a reality show called Minor Revisions. She and her husband, Joe, live in Austin, Texas, with their six young children.
Dawn Eden was born into a Jewish family in New York City, Dawn lost her faith as a teenager and became agnostic. In the 1990s, while in her twenties, she was a rock journalist in New York City, interviewing performers such as Elton John and Brian Wilson. She went on to work on the editorial staff of the New York Post and the Daily News. At the age of thirty-one, Dawn experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church. She is the author of two books: The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (Thomas Nelson, 2006), and of My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2012). Since the publication of My Peace I Give You, Dawn has been the subject of a profile in the New York Times Magazine and has been interviewed on several EWTN programs. She graduates next week (May, 2014) with a sacred theology licentiate from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception and is continuing her studies toward a doctorate.
About The Raving Atheist (known as “Ray” online) Ray prefers to maintain his anonymity. But by way of a general introduction, this is some basic information about him. Ray was born and raised in the greater New York area, and has been an attorney practicing in New York for 25 years. For the past ten years he has been active in pro-life advocacy and volunteering, and since 2007 has been running an organization which assisting women suffering from a debilitating pregnancy-related disease called hyperemesis gravidarum.