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Hi everyone,

I am Therese from Australia. I am married to Steve and we have 7 wonderful children.

DanielL 13
Sam: 11
Madeline: 10
Brigette: nearly 8
Tom: 5
Amelia: nearly 4
Christopher: 2 months.

I am a cradle Catholic that left the church in my teen years. When Steve and I married, he wasn't Catholic. He had a conversion and found out a lot about the church and wanted to join. I was a bit aprehensive at first but by the grace of God, I have come home. :cloud9: I look forward to many fruitful conversations with many of you.

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I live in SW Missouir via northern Wisconsin, and northern Ill. Late husband and I retired down here in 1996. Am a cradle Catholic, went to Catholic grade school and Catholic high school. Served time in the Navy (Reserves), met husband, had 2 kids, was away from the Faith for over 20 years, but never strayed from the knowledge I had, just got "lazy", came "back" about 9 yrs ago after a good confession, and am very grateful for the strength of my Faith after my husband of 39 yrs died 3 years ago on Father's Day...This site is wonderful, there are a lot of loving knowing good folk here...Welcome to all you newbies!! Jo :heart:

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I was born, raised and have lived all of my 37 years in Baltimore, MD - the oldest Archdiocese in the United States and a true smorgasboard of Catholic culture. I am a cradle Catholic; we went to Church most Sundays but were never terribly devout. I spent every year of my education (K-college) in Catholic schools. In my 20's I went through long periods of religious indifference and a short period of devoutness that didn't stick. I am married with 3 daughters - ages 5,7,9. About 3 years ago I went through a crisis that brought me back to the faith (God really does work through suffering). Since then I have taken 2 steps forward and 1 step back. All the time learning more and more about this great gift - the Catholic Church. I spend much of my free time here and reading.


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On here, I am Doctor Victor Von Doom, supervillian extraordinaire. My interests include plotting world domination, plotting to kill Reed Richards and referring to myself in the third person.

In real life, I am a lowly graduate student in mathematics, working on my doctorate, just a few months shy of an ABD. As a graduate student, it is my goal to avoid work, delay graduation, and make only the bare minimum amount of effort that is necessary for me to just barely scrape by. Hence, I hang around here for a quite easy and natural distraction.

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I'm a Catholic, wife, mother, student and teacher (in that order). Married to my high school sweetheart who is off rebuilding schools and watertowers in Thailand right now. So that leaves me here with our two boys, Xavier (age 2) and Leo (6 months). Life is lonely... so I'm on a lot lately. I am finishing college online and I'm an Instuctor of Infant Massage and I also teach a "Budget 4 Baby" class on the base.

His orders have us stuck in SoCal... itching to get back to Washington.


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As the #4 poster, I'd better post here ^_^

My name is Bob and I'm newly married to my wife Carmen (five weeks and counting - post congrats in another thread please, thanks)

I'm a cradle Catholic who posted his "conversion" story here:
Click here to read it

I've only recently (last 5 years) gotten deeply into my faith and have learned a little bit of apologetics. I still consider myself a newbie apologist, despite dispelling misconceptions here for about 2 years.

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My name is Matthew Moss, single white conservative male, early 30's, which alone makes me politically incorrect.

I was baptised at 7 in a Baptist church in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. (BTW, if you've never travelled down the Hudson River in autumn, you're missing one incredible beautiful sight!) I went to church with my family until I was about 11, at which point my parents divorced (in part, due to one of them converting to Catholicism).

After that, I still believed but it was just something there, I didn't do much or think much about being a Christian. Until college, when I was active in Campus Crusade for Christ for a few years.

After college (graduated in 1993) began my "hobby" of moving and changing jobs somewhat regularly -- 10 moves in the last 12 years and 6 jobs! You'd think I'd have learned to travel light by now... but you'd be wrong. Initially, my faith was back to being "didn't do much / didn't think much" about it. It wasn't important. But there was this strange feeling, in part, that I never really felt like going to any Protestant churches; if I did go to church on a Sunday, I'd go to a Catholic church, even though I couldn't fully participate.

For a short while in '94, I went every Sunday to a Catholic church in Manhattan (can't remember the name) because I was part of the Gregorian Chant choir there! That lasted until the end of '94 when I moved to Texas.

Again, I kinda fell back into "I'm a Christian and that's about it." for a while, until the year 2000. I happened to be in Ontario at the time, and for some reason I just decided it was time I formally learned more -- I had learned bits and pieces here and there from my father and aunt. So I spoke to the priest at the Cathedral in London, Ontario. At that point, I joined the RCIA class, ending in my entering the Church at Easter 2001.

I never really had any profound experience, no lightning from heaven... I just kinda eased into my faith, and still continue to ease deeper into understanding.

My first year as a Catholic wasn't much different. I usually got to Sunday Mass, but confession only once or twice during the year.

But since that first year, things have been growing steadily. I pray much more now, rarely miss a Mass, confess regularly, and am beginning to read and study more. I even have a bit of a yearning for Holy Orders, but I need some time to pray more and possibly find a spiritual director.

I also lay claim to the unique position of the only Catholic nephew of Rosalind Moss. :) I'm so happy...

Whew! How's that for an intro? Did I do it right? :P

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Welcome Newbies!

I first found this board when I was looking for help coutering some anti-Catholic rhetoric I encountered elsewhere on the net...that was about 5 or so years ago, I guess - time flies :-) I've been here ever since. I'm a cradle Catholic, who never fell away, but definately experienced a conversion, reversion, deepening, or whatever you want to call it, about 10 years ago. I'm married to a very wonderful man who has been wondering what I've been doing with all the time I spend on-line and may create an account of his own here in the not too distant future to keep an eye on me. ;-) We have 6 children, 2 girls and 4 boys, ranging from 10 mos to 13 years. My favorite issues to talk about are those that involve family and/or children.

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Welcome!

Your aunt rox! She is so sweet!

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Hi! My name is Emily (that's my picture to the left) and I'm 20, just finishing my semester at Western Michigan University. I started posting here my first semester at school when I started getting really discouraged about all the liberalness I got in my classes (Don't take sociology, by the way...NEVER). I felt like I had no good Catholics to talk to about my Faith, so I found myself here :D

I'm a cradle Catholic from an awesome Catholic family. I was homeschooled and we prayed the rosary every night and that sort of thing. I'm from Vermont and I'm moving back to soon and I'm sooo super afraid being a Catholic there because NO ONE, I mean NO ONE goes to Mass. I was so shocked at how empty the Church was. Now I'm getting depressed becaused I've been spoiled with great parishes and now I have to go back to an inactive parish with no Eucharistic Adoration or..well, anything but Mass. I'm also single now and I'm afraid I won't find any good Catholic guys to date (or any Catholic guys, for that matter). I wish I was going to Stuebenville or Ave Maria, but for now I can't :(

I love reading and talking about my Faith and I love teaching young people about what the Church says about love and marriage. I've given chastity talks at college, a public school, and CCD classes and look for opportunities to do so. I actually HATE speaking in public and the topic makes me so nervous that I'm almost sick, but someone needs to do it and I've always gotten positive responses so it's worth it! ::):

I guess this is getting a little long, but then again, that's me in 3 paragraphs! ::):

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BobCatholic wrote:
As the #4 poster, I'd better post here ^_^

My name is Bob and I'm newly married to my wife Carmen (five weeks and counting - post congrats in another thread please, thanks)

I'm a cradle Catholic who posted his "conversion" story here:
Click here to read it

I've only recently (last 5 years) gotten deeply into my faith and have learned a little bit of apologetics. I still consider myself a newbie apologist, despite dispelling misconceptions here for about 2 years.


Congrads on your wedding! May the Lord bless you and your wife!

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I am Philothea. I was baptized Catholic, but my mother left the Church when I was young so I wasn't really raised Catholic. I was basically secular, and in high school ran into the nastiest types of "Christians," saw the Bible interpreted to the detriment of others.

One day I saw a tv show about the eyes of flies (not my normal viewing choice), and the next day I realized that evolution without a Designer was a total impossibility. That was the beginning of my journey: I now believed in a God, but it didn't make much difference in my life. A couple of years later, a friend suggested that when I was angry with someone, I should pray for that person :shock: but I was desperate, so I tried it, and that was the second part of my journey. After my oldest was born, I decided I didnt' want to have to explain some of the words in the songs I listened to, so I started listening to Christian radio, but after a couple of years of being a generic Christian, I realized I wasn't getting any further, so I went to buy a Rosary, saw Home Sweet Rome, which explained the differences in theology, not to mention explaining Catholicism, so I immediately returned to the Catholic Church.

I got interested in apologetics because my best friend tried to talk me out of being Catholic and I didn't know how to explain to her why i was doing this.

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Hii to all newbies and to the regulars!

I'm Roland, username stollerusa.

I am nonCatholic, nonOrthodoxy and nonProtestant. I belong to a Group within Christendom that theologically has been different, to various degrees concerning numerous Beliefs, from the aforementioned BigThree.
I may disagree with specific Beliefs within each of the BigThree, however
I am not anti-BigThree.

I've been here awhile. While there have been a few bumps in the road,
there have been many many golden moments! Many learning moments!

There is a great group of admins, mods and regulars here to help anyone on their Journey; God bless you for joining, have a great Journey! :)


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Hi, my name is Christie and I am a DCF addict :oops:

I am 32 years old and was raised Catholic in Indianapolis. I am the oldest of three kids (2 younger brothers). I met my dh Mark while I was in college in 1994. I fell for the Navy uniform :wink: We married in March of 1995 and I moved to San Diego, to Puerto Rico, and to Louisiana living the life of a Navy wife for five and a half years (he was in for 9+ yrs with the Special Boat Units). He took a job in Oklahoma, where we now live with our three little ones, Kelly (6/6/98), Steven (9/5/02) and Brooke (6/17/04). He is a full-time student of Mechanical Engineering and works full-time (and a convert in 1998). I am a stay-at-home mom and I homeschool our oldest.

I don't have much spare time, but I do love reading, politics, Nascar, and cross-stitching. I work with Project Gabriel, helping women in unplanned pregnancies.

I found this board thanks to Siggy. It's all her fault :) I have just come to a deeper appreciation of my faith over the last several years, even more so the last few years. I am a bad novice at apologetics, but I am reading books and this board to bring up to mediocre novice. :P

Chocolate and cheesecake are my weaknesses and I love to eat jalapenos from the jar. :shock: But not with chocolate or cheesecake.

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Hey Christie,

Chocolate and cheese cake are two of my weakness's too. My list doesn't stop there though. We need to add, biscuits (or cookies for you Americans), lolies and anything that is sweet.

God Bless
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Welp, I was raised in a committed Church of Christ household (my father was a preacher for a while). I have always been very concerned with God but never felt "at home" in the fundamentalist/evangelical milieu of the CoC; but because I believed the CoC was correct in its interpretation of the Bible I never went exploring. I figured, what's right is right, no matter how I feel about it, so despite always longing to be Catholic I assumed it was out of the question.

Last year through a fluke of reading I was confronted with questions that could not be answered through the standard CoC formulas of history and doctrine, and it wasn't long before I had to admit that the only way these questions could be answered in accord with my remaining a Christian was for me to become Catholic. Thus I entered the historical Church at this Easter Vigil, and my soul was satisfied at last.

As for the rest of my life, it's pretty much a mess, and I'm pretty much a complete loser with no future, but at least I got one thing right, eh?


Praise the Lord! I have had some fun dealings with CoC and it was a lot of fun! They had one college (John Brown University) and they go back to Alexander Campbell 1820's.

Welcome home!

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Hi, my name is Ramiro and I was born in state of Texas, but I was raised in Mexico in the state of Tamaulipas. I am a first generation american citizen, although my parents have recently applied for and obtained their citizenship as well. I grew up Catholic but almost fell away during my college years through a very good friend of mine, who now doesn't speak to me for a few years now. I say almost because I started leaving the Church, but hung on to the Nicean Creed, the Eucharist, and the celebration of the Mass. Other than that, I was inspired to interpret scripture, Mary was a regular woman like everyone else, everyone who believed in Christ was Christian, and I knew more than most priests. But thankfully I never fully left, thanks to Christ in the Eucharist, everytime I communed I felt a love and compassion that I couldn't deny. Long story short. I lived a retreat with my wife that turned my protestant beliefs upside down, I listened to Catholic Answers one time and Steve was on it, he mentioned this board and I started to come and learn. I lurked for at least a year. I talked to a priest that gave me a CD named "The Church Fathers" My faith broke down to nothing when I discovered there were 19 versions of the book of Act, 22 of the Gospel of St. John, etc. I searched for the church that Christ founded on Mt. 16:18 and after 1.5 years of searching and pain, I found that it was the Church I had almost left. I thank my reversion to first and foremost to Christ and the Eucharist, to Fr. David Arcila, OCD from Colombia, to Steve Ray, Scott Hahn, and Tim Staples. Now I lead a young adults group in my parish, we follow a 3 year formation plan, I serve in several ministries as well, parish council, Eucharistic minister and lector formation, preaching, etc.

Blessings to all that lurk and join this board.

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I'm a Jedi Knight. I was Paduwan learner to Qui-Gon before Darth Maul killed him. I trained Anakin Skywalker, but apparently not well enough.

In real life, I came into the Church in 2001. You can read here how it happened. (I think I wouldn't describe things now exactly the way I did in that writeup, but that's precisely why I'm reluctant to change it, and it's accurate enough.) Not long after I came in, I started hearing (or, rather, trying not to hear) a possible call to the priesthood. With the help of some friends, God finally got through to me and I started seminary in January of 2003.

Please note, BTW, that "seminarian" most emphatically does not equal "priest", and "priest" doesn't even always equal "right about everything", so please consider anything I post as (I hope) well informed but not certainly correct.

As to when I started posting here . . . darned if I know. I'm pretty sure I started browsing before I came into the Church, but I couldn't say if I was posting, and the Internet Archive doesn't go back that far.

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Well, it has been too long since I have visited DCF. and Siggy, it is good to see you, Anawim, and other faithfuls still here.

God bless you all. I look forward to more good and fruitful discussions I have always found on this message board.

The peace of Christ Jesus be with you.

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Hey girl! It's been waaaay too long! Welcome back! :D

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