I had been studying Catholicism secretly for a number of years before I finally decided to take the plunge. I just so happened to be working in the south of England in full-time evangelical ministry—I was a closet Catholic, I prayed my Rosary every day, read the Church Fathers, prayed to the saints, all while being on the leadership team of a charismatic evangelical church. It didn’t quite add up!
I’d started reading the Church Fathers several years earlier while I attended Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in California (what a name, right?) Unfortunately, despite my new found enthusiasm for having found the truth, I had no one to talk to about it. Luckily for me, I’d just befriended a guy named Ash. And so, although I technically shouldn’t have done so because of my job—having noticed Ash was a bit theologically minded—I started to share with him what I’d been learning.
2 years later and we’re now both Catholics and have experienced an exodus up to the north of England. Ash went up north to go to university and to study Theology, whereas I moved back in with my parents as I got over the crisis of having lost my career aspirations because of converting.
Despite our rose-tinted glasses, (sometimes immature) zeal, and supreme thankfulness to God for having led us to the Catholic Church, it didn’t take us long before we noticed the damage that relativism, liberalism and modernism had done for the faith of so many Catholics. Thus, as I sat in a restaurant one evening on the 15th October 2017 (I remember it because it was my 23rd birthday), I decided to start Catholica. My aim was to encourage traditional Catholic life as our culture moves into unprecedented levels of apostasy, sin, and deception. Want to join us? Great! Glad to have you on board.
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