Short Story of the Ray Family Conversion with Pictures

by Steve Ray on December 18, 2011

I finally decided to write a brief story of our conversion story. It is easy to read in about 15 minutes, about our coming into the Catholic Church. Janet and I converted to the Catholic Church in 1994 but it still seems like yesterday.

It has not grown old and we are still thrilled with our discovery. We still get tears of joy. I hope you enjoy the story and can pass it on to others..

Please share it freely with others. Use Twitter, Facebook and other means.

We post it with prayers that it will help many others find their way to the fulness of the Catholic Faith too.

My last line, like that in my book Crossing the Tiber is: “We are not the first to cross the Tiber; we won’t be the last – we are in good company!”

CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE – FOR THE REST OF THE STORY!

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David Simmons December 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Merry Christmas and God Bless you and yours.

What a wonderful conversion adventure you and your family had. I enjoyed reading it.

I, too, went through a conversion. I married a “crib Catholic” 6 years ago. I was Baptist by up bringing in a rural town in northern Maine. I was comfortable being the protestant at Mass and worshipping along side of my wife. She was very much into tradition and didn’t know scripture that well. I had a scripture education.

While I was deployed to Iraq in 2006-2007 I was fortunately enough to be stationed right next to the ruins of the City of Ur in Southern Iraq. I visited and toured the site several times. The site also included the archeological remains of Abraham’s father’s home. Being an idol maker within site of the temple he was weathy. We had an Easter sunrise Mass at Abraham’s childhood home in 2006. While I was there, attending Catholic Mass, thinking of my lovely Cajun wife, God’s whisper spoke to my heart that I should start the adventure, not unlike Abraham, and go through the process of formally entering the True Church. With the help of our bases Catholic Chaplain, myself and my Commander (who was also a protestant married to a wonderful Catholic woman), went through the necessary instruction while we were deployed. On my wife’s birthday in 2009 I was confimed, received my first communion and we were married officially in God’s and the Churches eyes. An extremely important moment in our lives.

Thank you for your story and your work on this site.
David Simmons
Bangor, Maine

STEVE RAY HERE: THANKS FOR THE MARVELOUS, HEART-LIFTING STORY! IF YOU EVER WRITE YOUR STORY IN A LONGER VERSION I WOULD LOVE TO POST IT HERE FOR MANY OTHERS TO ENJOY. I WILL BE GOING TO IRAQ SOON TO FILM AT THE SITE IN UR. I WILL WANT TO TALK TO YOU BEFOREHAND. THANKS AGAIN FOR SHARING THIS DELIGHTFUL STORY. AND THANKS FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY!!

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