Pentecost Sunday 1994 our family of six along with friend Rob Corzine entered the Catholic Church with tears and new friends. We lost all of our Evangelical friends within two weeks but it was a small price to pay. Our beloved friend and priest Fr. Ed Fride received us into the Church.

Here you can see pictures of that momentous day — our family on May 22, 1994 at Christ the King in Ann Arbor Michigan. Below is a picture of me holding the first copy of my conversion story Crossing the Tiber in 1997.

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I always say that when I was 17 years old Jesus introduced himself to me; when I turned 39 he decided it was time to introduce me to his family.

You can read the short version of our conversion story here with lots of pictures.

Every single Mass since 1994 I have whispered in my wife’s ear, “I love being a Catholic with you!”

When we joined the Church it was Janet, me and our four kids. Now our family has grown to 30 of us!

Thanks everyone for the great welcome and the marvelous family!



This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Katie in FL

    Congratulations! I tell my husband the same thing as well. I’m so glad to be Catholic and that we’re here together.

  2. Darrell

    Happy anniversary, Steve! And, thanks to you, I am celebrating my 6th year in the Church! Also, our youngest was confirmed today! Cheers!

  3. Greg

    Congratulations and praise the Holy Spirit for the fire and wind he's put in your sails all these years!
    You carry more "gravitas" then the 97 picture though! 🙂 LOL. Still have 10x my energy!
    Greg, from the first Holy Land "sailing"!

    STEVE RAY HERE: Greg, I remember you well and thank for your very kind words and encouragement! God bless you and all those you love!

  4. Tom Govern

    How blessed are us cradle guys! Thanks for all you and Janet do to build the true Church.

  5. David Bobe

    Amazing. Keep up the good work. We enjoy your teachings very much.

  6. Tom+Govern

    Thank You Lord! We Catholics are a far better Church for this gift.

  7. Nigel

    Congratulations Steve and Janet. All good wishes from London.

  8. Tom+Govern

    The Church, you and Janet and me were to be so blessed. So proud to call you a friend and teacher.

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