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Why be Catholic? Reflections from those joining the Church
April 3, 2012

This Easter, the Archdiocese will welcome 2,393 new Catholics into the Church.

A few of the catechumens and candidates shared their reflections on why they felt called to become Catholic. Read on fpr their reflections … and pray for all those who will join the Church this Easter.

Vice-president of a technology company converts to unify his family
Michael Hill, 43, born in Bloomsberg, PA, was baptized in the Episcopalian faith and is Vice President-Worldwide Sales for a technology company. He started the RCIA process in June 2011 and says, "I married into a very Catholic family, had two children baptized Catholic and promised to raise them in the Catholic Church. I started my journey in RCIA to create better family unity but along the way restored my faith. Of course, my faith has created the family unity I was looking for, but it has brought so much else as well. I am living a much better life than I was before I started my journey; I think about the things I did without thinking twice then that now make me cringe and yearn for my first Reconciliation. I still have a lot of work to do and I am far from perfect, but I now have the desire to be a better person and Christian. The restoration of my faith has been one of the happiest events in my life and it would not had occurred without the RCIA process."  - Michael Hill

Senior Credit analyst drawn to Church through scripture study, family
Kathleen Parks, 51, born in Chicago, Il: "I was baptized Lutheran but didn't attend church as a teen or an adult. I felt the need for God in my life, so I joined the Catholic bible study [that] my brother and sister-in-law were attending, to learn more about God and the Bible. While there, I made many new friends and found a much larger "family" I was eager to join. While my brother and sister-in-law have been instrumental in my journey to become closer to God, I was also attracted to the Catholic Church because of the moral values it teaches. In our society today, moral relativism is rampant. It is reassuring to find an institution that will stand up for morality as well as defend our religious freedom."  - Kathleen Parks
By Archdiocesan Office of Communications
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