CatholicMatch Converts Await Easter Vigil


CatholicMatch is not just home to many cradle Catholics but is also a nurturing community for converts, some of whom will be formally entering the Church this Easter Vigil.

Jeffrey-660829, a 33-year-old single dad from Sparks, Nev., is in RCIA and looking forward to becoming Catholic. “I was raised nominally Protestant, but have experienced a change of heart and mind after much study – spurred by a lay Dominican friend – of Catholic apologetics and theology,” he says. Jeffrey joined CatholicMatch in December and hopes the community will help him grow in his Catholic faith.

Careese-449851, a 40-year-old single mom from San Antonio, knows how Jeffrey feels. She was received into the Catholic Church at last year’s Easter Vigil.

Careese was raised by Methodist parents who sometimes attended church. “As a little girl, I was drawn to the Catholic Church and I love history,” she says. “As Bishop Newman once said, ‘To be steeped in history is to cease being Protestant.’ That was true for me.”

Still, Careese attended non-denominational services and Episcopal services before resolving to make an earnest search for her true religious home. Catholicism cropped up. “There was so much being brought to my attention by the Holy Spirit,” she says. “There were ‘God winks’ I could not ignore.”

Today, Careese can’t imagine having gone through the process without CatholicMatch. “Because I am the only Catholic in my family, CatholicMatch was extremely critical in my faith journey. When I joined [in the summer of 2009], I knew that God was calling me to become Catholic and I knew that I would of course want a Catholic husband.”

When it came time to have her son baptized, the Texas mom didn’t have to look far for Godparents: she asked Joe-388825, a CatholicMatch member from Maryland, to be her son’s godfather and Georgina, a California woman on CatholicMatch, to be the godmother.

Georgina was also Careese’s RCIA sponsor, offering vital support throughout the process.

As a new Catholic, Careese is filled with grateful wonder. “To celebrate His providence for me, I am trying to make my home as Catholic as possible,” she says. “But the most important, I feel, it to simply be very mindful that I am partaking of the true Blood and Body of Jesus Christ, who suffered for me. I make sure when I receive Him that I spend time thanking Him for His sacrifice. It isn’t always easy to get my mind quiet and do this, but I try.”



  1. Johanna-712278 April 23, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations and a warm welcome to Careese in joining the one and only apostolic church of catholic faithfuls and believers. May God’s grace be with you as you begin your journey 🙂

  2. Dawn-58330 April 22, 2011 Reply

    Welcome Home this Easter to all our members who are converts. You are in my prayers. I also pray for all to come Home to celebrate this Easter season.

    Careese, it has been my privilege to get to know you and to pray with you for more than a year. Many times your faith has inspired mine. May this anniversary of yours be special this year and every year as you rejoice with your Family in Christ! Hugs!

    • Careese-449851 April 24, 2011 Reply

      Dawn, thank you so very much! You inspire me as well. Reading all these posts encourages me and I hope to get to know more people here as we all grow in faith.

  3. Marika-665454 April 20, 2011 Reply

    Congratulations to you and the blessings of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be upon you and your dear ones. Very Happy Easter to you.
    Marika from Mauritius

  4. John-708636 April 20, 2011 Reply

    As a fallen away Catholic, I could not have picked a better time to come back “Home” My Catholic upbringing, including my Catholic Education to 8th grade, left indelible tracks in my soul. After 32 years away even serving as a Minister in another faith, when the time was right, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes. Easter is a time of rejuvenation and reconciliation, what more perfect time could there be to re-connect my soul.

    • Careese-449851 April 24, 2011 Reply

      Now this is a story I want to hear! How wonderful for you! God bless and thank you for sharing a very small portion of your journey with us.

  5. John-701264 April 20, 2011 Reply

    Yes I did like the above story. Here we can see the mystrious way that God sends his Holy Spirit to enlighten us . And I say to all welcome into the Church. It is the God who through Jesus Christ moves our spirit in order to respond his invitation. His love has no end. May this Easter be a blessing to all the members of Catholic Match. Happy Easter. John . Flipsen.

  6. Marolyn-712241 April 20, 2011 Reply

    congratulations on your faith journey. You will be remembered in my prayers. marolyn

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