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This Is My Story

Doreen Eberhardt (D’Antonio) I was born and raised in a Catholic family.  My mother was very devout.  The point came in my life when I wanted to serve God in a special way.  Since I was a Catholic, the only way I knew was to enter the convent.  I decided to enter the Sisters of Read More

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Mother’s Vocation and God’s Grace

Donna Spader Shire (Formerly Sister Madonna Therese) Of the sixteen children born to my parents, two became priests and I became a nun.  From earliest childhood we were taught that the Catholic Church was the only true church, and that in order to one day gain eternal life in heaven, we must be good and do Read More

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His Banner Over Me Is Love

Jo Ellen Kaminski “He who hears My word…has passed out of death into life.” (John 5:24) At age nineteen, I was baptized a Roman Catholic.  I had been searching for God and thought I had found the true religion in Catholicism.  My new faith was a great comfort to me, but in a few years Read More

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The Unsearchable Ways of God

Mary C. Hertel (formerly Sister Mary Dolora, C.S.J.) Having taken the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in a Roman Catholic diocesan order, my steps were set in the logical direction prepared by my youth.  Raised in a strong Catholic home, educated in Catholic schools for sixteen years, and trained by six years of convent Read More

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I Was Not Antagonistic To The Truth – Bruno Bottesin

I was born in Vicenza, Italy, in 1917. At the age of eleven I entered the Franciscan College to study for the Priesthood. After my ordination I became the pastor of a small mountain parish of Castagnara. In 1954 I was transferred to a larger parish in the city of Chieti. Then Bishop Piasentini invited Read More

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My Encounter With God – Guido Scalzi

Our little house at Mesoraca was situated in a hamlet called “Filippa” which was not very far from the monastery of the Franciscan Friars, located on top of a beautiful hill. It was there that I as a child went with my family to hear Mass. Majesty and Monastery I remember one particular morning I Read More

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From Death to Life – Carlo Fumagalli

My life was tossed about by different opinions and driven here and there by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:14), until I found Jesus the Rock and Cornerstone (Matthew. 21:42, Acts 4:11, Ephesians. 2:20, I Peter 2:6-7), or rather, until Jesus, my glorious Lord and Savior, found me. I can now say with David, “He Read More

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A Priest Asks God for Grace – Charles Berry

As practicing Catholics, we dedicated half an hour each Sunday to attending Mass, but religion really played a minor part in our family. As a teenager, I was ashamed of my Catholic beliefs, avoiding going to church whenever I could. Then something happened that changed the direction of my life. Suffering to Get to Heaven Read More

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From Priest to Preacher – J. M. A. Hendriksen

When in former days in the monastery they came to wake us, they would knock at the door while calling “Blessed be the name of Jesus Christ,” and the response would be “Forever and ever, Amen.” Only then would the caller take it as a sign that we had heard the knock and were awake. Read More