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Episode 38: Former Presbyterian & New Age Seeker Cari Donaldson, Part II

In Part I of Cari's interview we heard how she found truth in Christianity following years of searching through a religious morass of options. In Part II Cari shares how truth deepened when she found her way into the Roman Catholic Church, the last place in which she expected to find herself. Oddly, it was a "Chick tract" written by the recently deceased Jack Chick that caused her to take a look at some of the Church's claims. Today, Cari has a deep devotion to the Holy Souls in...

Duration: 00:40:59

Episode 37: Former Presbyterian and New Age Seeker Cari Donaldson

Author and blogger Cari Donaldson is the first to tell you she didn't grasp Christianity when she was a kid. Sure she attended church each week and prayed to God, but the understanding of the Holy Spirit evaded her. Believing that Jesus was a created being, like a human son, she branched out into the New Age movement in hopes of discovering the answers to all of life's tough questions. The quest for knowing the Creator lead her to Christ. Hear her tell her fascinating story of discovery...

Duration: 00:43:35

Episode 36: Former Methodist PK Jennifer Longworth

Jennifer Longworth grew up as the daughter of a Methodist minister and she'll be the first to tell you that she was not the stereotypical bad preacher's kid (PK). She loved her faith and family and was overjoyed when she first heard about the Reformation in school. But her views of the Reformation's offspring, i.e., Protestantism, began to unravel when she discovered Catholic radio. Enjoy! Brief Show Notes: 1) Some resources on the Reformation and the early Christian Church...

Duration: 00:45:41

Episode 35: Former Southern Baptist Fr. Charles Merrill

Long before I met Father Charles Merrill and he donned a collar and cassock, he was a fairly content Southern Baptist. Raised in the Bible belt he learned to love Jesus both at church and at home. But over time he became less enchanted with the teachings of "The Holy Book" and more enthralled with discoveries from history books and other intellectual pursuits. It would take a friend full of zeal for the Reformation to ignite his curiosity of Christian history. Once he began studying, the...

Duration: 00:47:23

Episode 34: Halloween, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

Catholicism expert Scott Richert, author at, digs deep into history to help listeners discover for themselves if Halloween should be avoided or embraced. Is Halloween a pagan holiday? Where does the idea of trick-or-treating come from? How should you and your family celebrate All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day? Scott will answer these questions and many more during this episode. Brief Show Notes: -- Find Scott Richert at -- Click HERE...

Duration: 00:47:59

Episode 32: Sheri Muenstermann, former Pastor's Wife

Sheri Muenstermann was a devoted pastor's wife for a quarter of a century. But when she read the works of Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) she discovered a richness that she hadn't known before. Over time, the misconceptions she had believed from childhood about the Catholic Church were erased and replaced with truth. Gradually, she and her husband both realized they couldn't stay away from the Catholic Church any longer. Brief Show Notes: -- Sheri mentioned reading books by Saint...

Duration: 00:47:15

Episode 31: Courage International

This week I decided to veer from the norm to bring you an episode on the Courage Apostolate, a true gift to those struggling with same-sex attraction yet desiring holiness. Courage shows men and women how those competing desires can co-exist through living chaste lives of fellowship, truth and love. Deacon Patrick Lappert, a convert to Catholicism and previous OCW guest, serves as a volunteer with Courage International and returns to the show to tell us about this life-affirming...

Duration: 00:46:32

Episode 30: Kim Shares Child's Autism Dx, Joy, and Praying in a Grocery Store

Kim Tisor returns raring to go after several months away from her weekly podcast. In this episode, Kim explains what she was doing while she left you hanging for so long, as well as shares a couple of God moments she encountered during her mini hiatus. You may notice the flow has changed a bit. That's because Kim is now on a streaming Catholic internet radio network called Breadbox Media. The format you'll now hear, i.e. 48 min. or slightly less with some periodic transitions to allow for...

Duration: 00:47:02

Episode 29: Former Evangelical Pastor Ken Muenstermann

Ken Muenstermann craved a deeper understanding of the Bible and its contents as a Catholic teen. When he discovered a more vibrant approach to the teaching of the scriptures in a Protestant setting, he left his Catholic faith behind. But he would discover the "Roman roots" remained intact, even after years of seminary and planting churches. He still loves studying and teaching the Bible, but today he does so in slightly different settings. Discover more in this latest edition of Our...

Duration: 00:56:56

Episode 28: Former Church of God John Spurlock

John Spurlock nearly lived in church while growing up and was accustomed to seeing the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of others. It wasn't until he became an adult and verbally sparred with a Roman Catholic priest, that the Holy Spirit decided to visit John in the middle of the night. He distinctly heard the voice of God and it changed his life. Brief Show Notes: -- In the interview, John recommends reading Catholic for Dummies -- Find free CDs and audio downloads from...

Duration: 00:54:18

Episode 27: Former Non-Denominational Sterling Jaquith Part II

Thank you for returning for part II of our interview with Sterling Jaquith of the Coffee and Pearls podcast. In this half you'll discover why despite her initial reservations, Sterling decided to follow the man of her dreams into the Catholic Church. Once inside she discovered a beautiful treasure, but she had to overcome a few hurdles before she could embrace it with her whole heart. Now she devotes much of her time to sharing her love for Jesus and Catholicism with all who will listen,...

Duration: 00:41:58

Episode 26: Former Non-Denominational Sterling Jaquith Part I

I'm constantly amazed that even when I get off schedule with posting episodes, they always seem to get published at the perfect time. Case in point: I'm posting this the night before Valentine's Day and today's story involving Sterling Jaquith has everything to do with LOVE! Desiring the love of a mate...the love she found in Christ...and the love she discovered online with a Catholic man! This is PART I of my discussion with Sterling, a fascinating woman who is busy with young children...

Duration: 00:46:12

Episode 25: Former Plymouth Brethren Audrey Assad

This interview with Audrey Assad is a dream come true! I recall years ago when I was new to the journey hearing of Audrey Assad's conversion. She was a fairly new convert at that point, but now has a handful of years as a Catholic under her belt. Her faith paints who she is as an artist, but like all of us, she's still learning and growing and eager to share her story with you. Thank you for listening to Our Catholic Way! Brief Show Notes: -- Inheritance: Audrey Assad's Hymns Project...

Duration: 00:50:01

Episode 24: Former Seeker Kristen Rabideau

What a privilege to interview Kristen Rabideau. Somehow in her childhood she learned and came to believe that Christ died on a cross to save her and others from sin. I say "somehow" because she was reared in a family that failed to emphasize the importance of faith, however they didn't discourage her from seeking God, either. Over time, Kristen would discover that her life was missing something and knew it was to be found through the worship of God, but with all of the options...

Duration: 00:51:09

Episode 23: Former Atheist Sr. Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP

Today no one would question the deep faith of Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble, FSP. People are often amazed when they discover that the woman who writes and speaks about her love for Christ and His Church, once denied God's existence. But it's her very journey involving skepticism and disappointment that equipped her to pen the book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church. She understands firsthand what approaches are most effective in reaching friends and family...

Duration: 00:43:39

Episode 22: Catholic Revert Cristina Trinidad

As a child, Cristina Trinidad wanted to know what took place in church that attracted so many people from across her Brooklyn neighborhood. Her own family didn't attend, but she was allowed to investigate on her own, so she did. It wasn't long before any thoughts of God were replaced with distractions that were typical among her peers. But in adulthood following motherhood she would discover that God was there all along. Brief Show Notes: Cristina mentions St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross...

Duration: 00:53:00

Episode 21: Catholic Revert Allison Gingras

Allison Gingras grew up Catholic, but other than praying the Rosary during thunderstorms, her family didn't practice the faith. Allison would remain lukewarm until an unexpected invitation to a Bible study ignited a fire in her heart. Now, she shares her passion for Jesus, His word and His Church through various forms of media with all who will listen. Brief Show Notes: Allison recommends the book The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. Find Allison's radio show A Seeking Heart at...

Duration: 00:45:26

Episode 20: Non-Denominational Don Johnson

Don Johnson has always been firm in his Christian faith and has spent most of his adult life reaching out to atheists to share with them the love of Christ. It was through educating himself on how best to reach atheists, agnostics, and skeptics with the gospel message that he discovered that the Lord had a message for him. He was to join the Catholic Church. Listen to Don's story and discover how his quest for truth lead him to produce a documentary showcasing others who have walked a...

Duration: 00:41:48

Episode 19: Former Baptist/Assembly of God/Nazarene Chris Padgett

Chris Padgett knew the Lord and even traveled the country using his musical talents to lead others in worship. He never expected to find Christ in the Catholic Church. What was one of his biggest obstacles? Lukewarm (to room temperature) Catholics. He has since discovered vibrant Catholics and he continues to encourage others in their faith through music, writing, and speaking. Brief Show Notes: Chris Padgett's most recent book is Holy Marriage, Happy Marriage. (Find it on my blog at Our...

Duration: 00:40:51

Episode 18: Former Presbyterian Denise Bossert

Denise Bossert's dad was a Presbyterian minister and she remembers having a strong faith in God practically from the time she could walk. It would take her father's death and time spent in his personal library to discover that her faith contained some gaps. Gaps that only the Catholic Church could fill. Listen and learn how The Journey Home, a Carmelite nun, and the Blessed Virgin Mary all played a role in Denise's amazing conversion. Brief Show Notes: -- Denise talks at length about...

Duration: 00:47:36

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