Conversion Keeps Happening with Rebecca Cherico

On this program, Rebecca Vitz Cherico (editor of Atheist to Catholic: Stories of Conversion) interviews people who have experienced conversion in their lives: non-believers and others who have converted to Catholicism, as well as Christians who have converted or “reverted” to a deeper form of faith. The aim of the show is to gain a deeper understanding of the many and varied ways in which God makes himself present to us in the Church, and a better sense of how all believers are called to conversion.

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October 10, 2014 – Nathaniel Peters

A conversation with Nathaniel Peters from his conversion; raised Protestant, he became a Catholic in 2007. Nathaniel was born and raised on Martha’s Vineyard. He is currently a doctoral student in historical theology. A former assistant editor of First Things, Nathaniel holds a BA in linguistics and languages from Swarthmore College and a MTS from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently a Bradley Junior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute and lives in Boston.

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September 26, 2014 – Paul Vitz

A conversation with Dr. Paul C. Vitz about his conversion. Raised Protestant, Paul was an nonbeliever for many years before his conversion to Catholicism. Dr. Vitz is Senior Scholar /Professor of Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and for many years he was Professor of Psychology at New York University where he is now Professor Emeritus. At IPS he is part of its new free standing graduate Psychology program which trains students in psychotherapy and counseling, and awards the Doctor of Psychology and Master of Science degrees.  IPS is devoted to training professional psychologists in a way that integrates Catholic Christian concepts and contemporary psychology, respecting the integrity of each domain. His areas of special interest include psychology of the person and the self, the psychology of fatherhood and family, the psychology of the virtues, and the psychology of hatred and forgiveness. He is the author of several books, and numerous articles. Books include Psychology as Religion: The cult of self worship. 2nd ed. 1994; Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism 1999 (rev. ed. 2013 published by Ignatius Press); Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious. And with S. Felch, The Self: Beyond the Post-Modern Crisis. (2006)  Dr. Vitz is married to Evelyn (Timmie) Birge Vitz, Professor of French at New York University. They now live in Arlington, Virginia and have six children and 16 grandchildren.

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September 19, 2014 – Stephen Sanchez

A conversation with Stephen Sanchez about the ways in which he, a cradle Catholic, identifies with the experience of conversion in his life. Steve is originally from El Paso, Texas. He graduated from Notre Dame, having majored in Philosophy and Government, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Fordham. He was a teacher and Pastoral Youth Director for thirteen years, and is currently the Founding Director of ComUnidad Juan Diego, an educational, pastoral, and social services initiative for Latin American immigrants in the Archdiocese of New York. He is also the English Editor of Traces Magazine, the international magazine of Communion and Libertion. He has been married for a little over a year and a half, and he and his wife Paige live in New York.

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September 12, 2014 – Karl and Victoria H.

A conversation with Karl and Victoria H. about their conversions; Karl was raised in a religious Protestant household; Victoria’s family was Christian but mostly non-practicing. Karl was born and raised in Montana. He went to college at the University of Virginia where he majored in Philosophy and Politics. He later went on to do further studies in England and France, and then returned to do a PhD at the University of Chicago. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at Villanova University. Victora was born in Kenya; her family moved to Maryland when she was six. She majored in finance at the University of Maryland and worked in New York for a couple of years before deciding that the lifestyle was not for her. After spending some time in the Caribbean and moving to Philadephia, she decided to pursue at MBA at the University of Chicago, where she and Karl met. She is now a strategy director for a health plan. She and Karl live in Philadelphia.

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August 22, 2014 – Msgr. Michael Magee

A conversation with Msgr. Michael Magee about his conversion to Catholicism as a teenager and his vocation to the priesthood. Monsignor Michael Magee, raised as a Methodist, was ordained to the Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on May 18, 1991. He is currently Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Systematic Theology as well as Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture Departments at the Seminary of St. Charles Borromeo in Philadelphia.. In addition, he serves as a Formation Advisor and member of the Theology Division Formation Committee. He graduated from the Wharton School of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, and has served as parochial vicar at Holy Innocents Parish in Philadephia, as Adjunct Faculty at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and as an Official in the First Liturgical Office at the Vatican.

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August 15, 2014 – Lisa Brenninkmeyer

A conversation with Lisa Brenninkmeyer about her conversion from evangelical Protestantism and the way in which she continues to be called to a deeper conversion in Christ. Lisa Brenninkmeyer is an author and speaker who helps women experience the transforming power of God’s unconditional love. Desiring to see women come to know Christ personally, in 2008, she founded Walking with Purpose, a Catholic Women’s Bible study program. After hearing story after story of women longing for connection, looking for a safe place to ask questions about faith, and needing a way to refuel and be refreshed, she decided to do something to bring change. The result of her holy discontent, Walking with Purpose, is a Scripture-based program that is fresh, relevant, and focused on conversion of heart. Lisa is crazy about women, loves Christ passionately, and thinks the most exciting thing in the world is to connect the former with the latter. Lisa’s love for Scripture and its Author began as a child. Raised as an evangelical Protestant in Minnesota, she and her sister grew up watching their parents teach weekly Bible Study. She entered the Catholic Church in 1991 because her Catholic boyfriend was quite irresistible. They married and spent the next ten years living in Germany and Mexico, growing their family along the way. As Lisa developed curricula and led Bible studies for women and children, she began to dig deeper into the rich teachings of the Catholic Church. The spirituality of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the patience of her spiritual director with her countless questions, and the writings of other converts have all influenced her greatly, bringing her to a place of joy and contentment within the Church. Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College. She lives with her husband Leo and their seven children in Annapolis, Maryland.

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August 08, 2014 – John Waters

A conversation with John Waters about the radical transformation to his approach to religion and the deep resonance this discovery has had in his life. John Waters is an Irish journalist, author and playwright. His first book, Jiving at the Crossroads (1991), about the cultural underbelly of Irish politics, was a bestseller. His other publications include Race of Angels (1994) a study of the roots of U2’s music in Irish history and culture, The Politburo Has Decided That You Are Unwell (2004), Lapsed Agnostic (2007) and Beyond Consolation (2010). His award-winning plays include Long Black Coat (1994) and Easter Dues (1997). He writes a popular weekly column for the Irish Times. He and his daughter Roisin live in Dublin.

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July 25, 2014 – Azin from Iran

A conversation with Azin C. about her conversion from Islam. Azin is a homeschooling mother of five who moved to the US from Iran when she was 16. She was born and raised Muslim in a loving family that was affected greatly by the changes of the Iranian revolution. Her parents sent her to US for college and hoped that she would return. But God had a different plan and she met the love of her life her senior year in college. This started her journey to the Catholic faith.

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July 18, 2014 – Nathaniel Hurd

A conversation with Nathaniel Hurd about his conversion from atheism. Nathaniel Hurd is a 37 year-old native new Englander and proud citizen of Red Sox nation. He was an unbaptized atheist until age 22, agnostic for another two and a half years, and baptized as an Episcopalian in 2002. He was fully received into the Catholic Church in 2005. For the past 14 years he has advocated for survivors of international conflicts, like refugees, engaging with the US government and Congress. He now works for a major Christian relief and advocacy organization in DC. He spent a year in the priesthood formation program in the Washington Archdiocese before discerning out after his summer parish assignment in 2010. Nathaniel is now engaged to be married at the end of August. He and his bride are looking forward to living in the Intentional Catholic Community in Hyattsville, MD.

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July 11, 2014 – Ted Oberman & Jonathan Fields

A conversation with Ted Oberman and Jonathan Fields, both converts from Judaism. Ted Oberman grew up in Brooklyn and attended the University of Chicago for both undergrad and grad school. Since graduating, he has worked in NYC for a not-for-profit. He still lives in Brooklyn with Rachel, his wife, and their five daughters. Jonathan Fields trained as a musician at Yale and the Mannes School of Music. Since then he has worked professionally as a musician in various capacities, particularly in advertising and religious music. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Susan, and their three children.

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