Conversion Stories

At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me, and them that were in company with me. And when we were all fallen down on the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew tongue: Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the goad. And I said: Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord answered: I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

But rise up, and stand upon thy feet: for to this end have I appeared to thee, that I may make thee a minister, and a witness of those things which thou hast seen, and of those things wherein I will appear to thee, Delivering thee from the people, and from the nations, unto which now I send thee: To open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me. 

~Acts of the Apostles 26:13-18

Jesus calls to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the kingdom: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel." In the Church's preaching this call is addressed first to those who do not yet know Christ and his Gospel. Also, Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life.

Christ's call to conversion continues to resound in the lives of Christians. This second conversion is an uninterrupted task for the whole Church who, "clasping sinners to her bosom, [is] at once holy and always in need of purification, [and] follows constantly the path of penance and renewal." This endeavor of conversion is not just a human work. It is the movement of a "contrite heart," drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first.

St. Peter's conversion after he had denied his master three times bears witness to this. Jesus' look of infinite mercy drew tears of repentance from Peter and, after the Lord's resurrection, a threefold affirmation of love for him. The second conversion also has a communitarian dimension, as is clear in the Lord's call to a whole Church: "Repent!"

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1427-1429

Catholics Come Home - Episodes

Each episode of Catholics Come Home features an interview with someone who recently returned to Jesus and the Catholic Church as a result of Catholics Come Home and responding to the call of the Holy Spirit. Guests include former atheists, agnostics, Protestant Christians, and fallen-away Catholics who came home.

The Coming Home Network International

Choose from written conversion stories, videos and short interviews. You are able to browse stories by type or by denomination.

Why I'm Catholic

This is an excellent website where you will find authentic Catholic conversion stories from all walks of life. You are also able to submit your own personal conversion story.
Below, we have included links to some of our favourite conversion stories by topic .

atheist to catholic

Fr. John Bartunek: A Former Atheist Who Became A Catholic Priest

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home Program" (3-21-2005)

Jennifer Fulwiler - From Atheist to Catholic

YouTube Video: Jennifer Fulwiler speaks at a 2015 Steubenville Conference.


Fr. Richard Ho Lung, M.O.P. : Former Buddhist

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home Program"

Catholic Reverts

Leah Darrow - Revert to Catholicism

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home" (2012-11-26): Leah Darrow is a former contestant on "America's Next Top Model"

Karl Keating: Apologist for the Catholic Faith

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home Program:" Karl Keating grew up Catholic, but was prompted to learn more about his faith when he found it being questioned by others. He eventually founded, "Catholic Answers."

Matthew Fradd - The Journey Home Canada

YouTube Video: In an interview with Marcus Grodi,Matthew Fradd, originally from Australia, provides testimony of his conversion. 

Judaism to Catholicism

David Moss: A Jewish Convert to the Catholic Faith

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home" (3-7-2005): David Moss is president of the "Association of Hebrew Catholics." 

Rosalind Moss: Convert from Judaism

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home Program."

Mormon to Catholic

Thomas Smith - From Mormon Missions to the Catholic Faith

YouTube Audio: Thomas Smith converted to Protestantism before finallyconverting to the Catholic faith.

Protestant to  CATHOLIC

Jimmy Akin: Former Presbyterian

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home Program: Jimmy Akin is currentlya Senior Apologist for Catholic Answers.

Kimberly Hahn - Presbyterian to Catholic

YouTube Video: Marcus Grodi interviews Kimberly Hahn, daughter of a presbyterian pastor and author of numerous books about the Catholic faith and about marriage and family.

Peter Kreeft's conversion Story

YouTube Video: Dr. Peter Kreeft shares his story of conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Naperville, IL.

Scott Hahn's conversion testimony

YouTube Audio: Dr. Scott Hahn shares the story of his conversion from a Presbyterian pastor to Catholicism.

Taylor Marshall's Conversion Story 

Podcast Online: An Interview with Matthew Leonard

Tim Staples: Former Assemblies of God Youth Minister

YouTube Video of EWTN's "The Journey Home Program:" Tim Staples was raised a Southern Baptist. His study in trying to refute the Catholic faith ultimately led to his conversion.