The Journey Home
Host Marcus Grodi gives you an inside look at the lives of dynamic Catholic converts throughout Europe, as he speaks with them about their remarkable journeys to the Church.
DR. BRANDON VAIDYANATHAN
Raised a Hindu, Brandon Vaidyanathan began attending a youth group with a Catholic girl he was dating. Hearing things about the nature of God he’d never heard from Hinduism, led him to embrace the Catholic Church.
DR. ERIK BALDWIN
Erik Baldwin was serious about his Presbyterian faith, until a scandal in his congregation led him to reevaluate everything. He realized he could no longer treat his interest in Catholicism as merely an academic exercise.
Lawain McNeil grew up in a strong Christian home, and early on, felt a call to ministry. He pursued a degree in Biblical studies and ended up serving in the Church of Christ. A number of factors in his life led him to begin exploring the Catholic Faith, including an interest in the Catholic literary and artistic tradition, and friendship with others who shared his background and were also interested in Catholicism. He shares how all those threads came together as he made his way home to the Catholic Church.
Kevin Shinkle was baptized in the Church of the Nazarene, but his family left the church when their pastor told his parents they had to stop smoking, and that brought an end to Kevin's churchgoing days for a while. He went on to college, and met some friends who were devout Catholics and helped him develop an initial curiosity about the Church. When his career as a journalist began to become more intense, he decided he needed a foundation of faith, and those seeds planted by his Catholic friendships began to bear fruit.
David Dean came from a Presbyterian background, and went on to college at Kansas University. At the time, it had an Applied Humanities program that focused on classical studies. Through the course of the program, a number of the professors and students became Catholic because of what they were finding about the Church’s role in the great philosophical and theological tradition, and David ended up entering the Church his senior year of college. He went on to spend a number of years working in Catholic education, and now serves as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Tulsa.
Kathryn Whitaker was baptized in a Methodist church as an infant in Texas, but after her pastor left, her family skipped around churches looking for a fit, including time spent with the Nazarenes and Disciples of Christ. Visiting Baptist churches in college, Kathryn heard her first real anti-Catholicism from the pulpit, and it shocked her and made her want to learn more about Catholicism, which she poured herself into. This led her to Catholic friendships, and eventually to marry a Catholic. Kathryn shares the incredible story behind how she ended up being confirmed Catholic and receiving her first Holy Communion, an hour before her wedding rehearsal dinner!
Mother Petra was raised in a family full of Wesleyan ministers, missionaries and church planters, and went on to study at Indiana Wesleyan. She became increasingly frustrated by divisions in Christianity over everything from Bible interpretation to worship practices, and at one point even stopped going to church. When one of her sisters became Catholic, it opened up to her the possibility that there really was an authoritative way to understand the reality of what it meant to be a Christian. She entered the Catholic Church, and eventually religious life at a Byzantine monastery.
Dr. Kathryn Wehr
Dr. Kathryn Wehr talks about her journey from studying the arts and theology at Bethel University and Regent College, being guided towards liturgy and history, entering the Catholic Church, and being a Dorothy L. Sayers scholar. Her most recent project is an annotated edition of Sayers' masterwork, The Man Born to be King.
Robert Tunmire talks to JonMarc Grodi about his journey from a secular lifestyle to the Catholic Faith.
JonMarc Grodi talks to Sharon Ripley, a former African Methodist Episcopal minister, about what led her to the Catholic Church.
Andrea Garrett, a former Evangelical and Anglican, talks to JonMarc Grodi about her journey to the Catholic Faith.
DR. TORY BAUCUM
JonMarc Grodi talks to former Episcopal priest and seminary professor Dr. Tory Baucum about what led him to enter full communion with the Catholic Church.
DR. BENJAMIN LEWIS
Dr. Benjamin Lewis shares how his Methodist roots gave him the foundation of faith that led him to pursue a home in the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
SR. JULIA MARY DARRENKAMP, FSP
JonMarc Grodi talks to Sr. Julia Mary Darrenkamp of the Daughters of St. Paul about how friendship with the saints led her from Evangelical Protestantism to the Catholic Church.
Jon Sorensen from Catholic Answers shares the series of relationships and experiences that led him from agnosticism back to his Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Jonathon Spaid shares his journey from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism, and how he came to work in campus ministry with FOCUS. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Former Anglican military chaplain Chris Moellering talks to JonMarc Grodi about his journey to the Catholic Church.
KAILASH AND LILY DURAISWAMI
Kailash and Lily Duraiswami, who came from Hindu, atheist and agnostic backgrounds, share how they discovered beauty, goodness and truth in the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
JonMarc Grodi talks to Jeffrey Shott about his incredible journey from fundamentalist Christianity to angry atheism, and eventually to the Catholic Faith.
FR. SEAN LOOMIS
Fr. Sean Loomis, who works in deaf ministry for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, shares what led him to embrace the Catholic Faith and a vocation to the priesthood.
SR DIANA MARIE ANDREWS, O.P.
Sr. Diana Marie Andrews, who grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, shares what led her to the Catholic Faith and a religious vocation with the Hawthorne Dominicans. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Becky Carter talks to JonMarc Grodi about why she left the Catholic Church after getting married, and how her experience of “church shopping” and the question of Baptism led her back.
JonMarc Grodi talks to Kerstin Pakka about how healing after abortion brought her to faith and a spiritual home in the Catholic Church.
DR. JOHN BRUCHALSKI
Dr. John Bruchalski shares how he went from being an OB/GYN who performed abortions to returning to his pro-life Catholic roots. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Alicia Baker shares how her journey of healing from trauma and abuse led her back to the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Jeremy Christiansen, author of “From the Susquehanna to the Tiber,” shares his journey from the Latter Day Saints to the Catholic Church.
KEN HENSLEY, KENNY BURCHARD
Ken Hensley, a former Baptist pastor, and Kenny Burchard, a former Foursquare pastor, share a bit about their journeys to the Catholic Faith, and dig into some of the unique challenges faced by other Protestant clergy who become interested in the Church.
JonMarc Grodi talks to Marc Lozano about his journey from atheism to Catholicism, and how his experience working for the NBA led him to develop Christ Centered Capital, a faith-based approach to investing money.
Raised Evangelical, Soren Johnson entered the Catholic Church after much prayer, study and discernment. His faith has only grown as he’s served as a teacher, communications professional and co-founder of Trinity House Community.
DEACON LARRY ONEY
The son of a Louisiana sharecropper, Larry Oney grew up angry at the injustice he experienced because he was black. The kindness of a white family broke through, leading him to seek God’s love and peace as a Church deacon.
FR. STEPHEN HILGENDORF
Fr. Stephen Hilgendorf shares his path from the Anglican priesthood to the Catholic priesthood through the Personal Ordinariate. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Lisa Cooper talks to JonMarc Grodi about how she grew up in the Word of Faith movement, and what led her from the Prosperity Gospel to the Catholic Church.
Charlie Johnston grew up in a family with mixed religious faith. He talks to JonMarc Grodi about how his study of the inner workings of U.S. History helped him to see the necessity of the Catholic Church.
FR. MICHAEL RENNIER
Fr. Michael Rennier shares his fascinating journey from Pentecostalism through Anglicanism to the Catholic priesthood. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
LORI ANN MANCINI
JonMarc Grodi talks to LoriAnn Mancini about how her journey from the New Age movement to the Catholic Church started when she began sending her child to a Catholic school.
Former Baptist preacher Trey Plummer shares what led him home to the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Derek Rotty shares how his interest in history and philosophy led him from agnosticism and a secular lifestyle to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Srishti Gupta shares her journey from Hinduism through atheism to Catholicism, and how she became a Catholic campus minister. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Former Southern Baptist Sam Guzman shares how his experience of art and literature brought him home to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
LAUREN DE WITT
Lauren De Witt talks to JonMarc Grodi about growing up as a Baptist “preacher’s kid,” and how she came home to the Catholic Church.
JonMarc Grodi talks to Rachel Bulman about her journey from Pentecostalism to the Catholic Church.
FR. SEBASTIAN WALSHE
Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O. Praem, shares his experience of becoming Catholic from a Jewish and Lutheran background, and how he discerned a call to the priesthood. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
DEACON GRAHAM GALLOWAY
Deacon Graham Galloway, a former Presbyterian, shares how his experience as an actor in Hollywood sparked questions that would eventually lead him to the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts
JonMarc Grodi talks to former Presbyterian minister Dean Waldt about how he ended up in the Catholic Church.
NORMAN BIN YAZID
Former Seventh-day Adventist minister Norman bin Yazid shares what led him to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Garrett Cichowitz discusses his journey from Reformed Protestantism to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
JonMarc Grodi talks to Jennifer Fitz about her journey back to the Catholic Church after years away from faith.
Mallory Smyth shares why she left the practice of her Catholic faith for Evangelicalism, and what drew her back to the sacraments. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
DEACON JOE ALLISON
JonMarc Grodi talks to Deacon Joe Allison, a former Evangelical missionary, about his journey to the Catholic Faith.
Mick Souza, who won Mr. Universe in 1992, shares what led him back to his Catholic faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
DR. JASON REED
JonMarc Grodi talks to former Protestant seminary professor Dr. Jason Reed about how studying St. Thomas Aquinas led him to the Catholic Church.
DR. ANNIE BULLOCK
Dr. Annie Bullock, a former Baptist and Episcopalian, discusses how doing doctoral work on the early Church led her to Catholicism. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Rakhi McCormick shares how discovering Church teaching on human dignity led her from Hinduism to Catholicism. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Katie Jacobson shares her experience of wandering through a number of Evangelical Protestant denominations before finding a home in the Catholic Church. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Nick Alexander talks with JonMarc Grodi about how his experience of Episcopalian and Charismatic communities eventually led him to the Catholic Church.
Marcus and JonMarc Grodi Anniversary Special
Marcus and JonMarc Grodi discuss 25 years of The Journey Home on EWTN, and look ahead to the future of sharing more stories of those who have come home to the Catholic Church
Marcus Grodi interviews Larry Chapp about what led him back to the Catholic Church after many years as an Evangelical Protestant.
FR. RANDY SLY
Fr. Randy Sly, formerly a Charismatic Episcopal Bishop, shares what led him to the Catholic Faith.
DR. TIM GREGSON
Marcus Grodi and his guests address the personal obstacles, doctrinal objections, and the irresistible attraction to the Church Jesus founded 2,000 years ago.
DR. IAN MURPHY
Marcus Grodi talks to former Baptist minister Dr. Ian Murphy about his journey to the Catholic Faith.
David Currie was raised in a strict Fundamentalist home. But during his seminary studies, he realized many Bible passages didn’t fit any Protestant theology. He found his answers to the Scriptures in the Catholic Church.
CASEY AND ERIN PHILLIPS
Casey was the son of a Baptist preacher, who was eventually drawn to the liturgy and theology of the Episcopal Church. But he soon realized the Catholic Church fulfilled all the things he loved about his faith and more.
A Muslim father and a Christian mother exposed Jacob Imam to stark differences in faith, which led to a totally secular lifestyle. But reading the Bible, and the book of James, created a path in Catholic social teaching.
FR. JAMES BRADLEY
Former Anglican priest Fr. James Bradley shares what led him to the Catholic faith. Marcus Grodi hosts.
Melissa Slagle talks to Marcus Grodi about how studying the question of Christian authority led her from the Baptist Church to the Catholic Church.
FR. ANDREW JONES
Marcus Grodi interviews former Baptist Fr. Andrew Jones about his journey to the Catholic faith and his path to the priesthood.
Dr. David Russell Mosley
Dr. David Russell Mosley shares how J.R.R. Tolkien and the theology of redemptive suffering led him from the Church of Christ/Restorationist movement to the Catholic Faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
Marcus Grodi welcomes Craig Alexander, who was raised Methodist, to discuss how his experience in the Marines and the consequences of his own mistakes helped prepare him to embrace the Catholic Faith.
DEACON LOU AARON
Marcus Grodi welcomes Deacon Lou Aaron to discuss how his battle with alcoholism helped him rediscover his Catholic roots.
Jim Wahlberg joins Marcus Grodi to share how a visit from Mother Teresa to the prison where he was an inmate help start him on the path back to his Catholic faith.
DOUG AND DAWN DOUGHAN
Former Evangelical youth ministers Doug and Dawn Doughan share what led them to enter the Catholic Church. Marcus Grodi hosts.
Marcus Grodi welcomes Joelle Maryn, a Catholic who lost her faith while working in the fashion industry, to share what led her back to the Church.
Christine Flynn, a former agnostic who dabbled in the occult, shares what led her to the Catholic Church. Marcus Grodi hosts.
Former Evangelical Protestant seminarian Bo Bonner joins Marcus Grodi to share what led him to become Catholic.
Marcus Grodi welcomes Nikki Kingsley, a former Muslim, to share her journey to the Catholic Church.
Fr. Peter and Judy Davids
Marcus Grodi welcomes Fr. Peter Davids and his wife Judy to share their journey from the Plymouth Brethren through the Episcopal and Vineyard churches before they felt God leading them to the Catholic faith.
Former nondenominational minister Adam Crawford shares how teaching a class on Christian history at his church played a major role in his decision to become Catholic. Marcus Grodi hosts.
A Tribute to Dr. Thomas Howard
Marcus Grodi and Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson look back at the legacy of the late Dr. Thomas Howard, and feature remembrances and clips from Steve Ray, Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., Ken Craycraft and many others as we recall the great gift of Dr. Howard's faith.
Dr. William Saunders
Dr. Bill Saunders from the Institute of Human Ecology at Catholic University of America shares how St. Josephine Bakhita helped lead him from Evangelical Protestantism to the Catholic faith. Marcus Grodi hosts.
Former atheist Jeff Miller, author of the "Curt Jester" blog, shares how beauty, truth, and the prayers of his wife helped lead him to the Catholic faith. Marcus Grodi hosts.
Dr. MaryJo Burchard
Marcus Grodi welcomes former nondenominational missionary Dr. MaryJo Burchard to talk about how her lifelong desire to follow Jesus eventually led her to the Catholic Church.
07/12/21 Kenny Burchard
Former Foursquare pastor Kenny Burchard shares how questions about Scripture and authority led him to step down from ministry, and eventually enter the Catholic Church. Marcus Grodi hosts.
06/28/21 James and Kelli Beaumont
James and Kelli Beaumont were serving in Methodist youth ministry, but were shocked when some close friends became Catholic. They share how that friendship played a role in their own Catholic journey. Marcus Grodi hosts.
06/21/21 Dan Teller
Dan Teller came from a Jewish family that took their tradition seriously. He talks to Marcus Grodi about how his hunger to know God took him through Zen Buddhism, and eventually to Catholicism through mystics like St. John of the Cross.
06/07/21 Nick De La Torre
Nick De La Torre was an altar server as a kid, but ended up wandering through Unitarianism and a number of different Christian denominations. He talks to JonMarc Grodi about how the Theology of the Body helped lead him back to Catholicism.
05/24/21 Frank Cronin
Frank Cronin stopped going to Mass as a young man, and embraced atheism. He shares how over time, he came to back to Christianity, and eventually the Catholic Church. Marcus Grodi hosts.
05/10/21 Fr. Eric Roush
Fr. Eric Roush wasn’t raised in a churchgoing family, but after the death of his Methodist grandmother, he began to take matters of faith more seriously. He shares with Marcus Grodi his journey to the Catholic Church
04/26/21 Maija Fish
Former Evangelical Protestant Maija Fish shares what led her to the Catholic faith. JonMarc Grodi hosts.
04/12/21 Dr. Ryan McDermott
Dr. Ryan McDermott, a former Episcopalian, shares how studying medieval literature was part of his journey to the Catholic faith. Marcus Grodi hosts.
03/29/21 Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson
Marcus Grodi talks with Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, who once served as an Episcopalian Bishop, about what draws Anglicans and Episcopalians to the Catholic Church.
03/15/21 Fr. Matthew Hawkins
Fr. Matthew Hawkins of the Diocese of Pittsburgh shares his journey from the African Methodist Episcopal Church to the Catholic Church.