The Bumpy Path to Rome

Scenes from the life of a struggling convert

What does it mean to “turn Catholic,” as they say here in my tiny Midwest parish? What happens when someone in her late forties tries to “be Catholic,” having been reared a Unitarian and spent most of her adulthood as an Episcopalian? These are questions that I, as a convert, struggle with daily. They are also questions that, approached thoughtfully, might tell us something about the larger Catholic experience.

Sadly, though,...

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About the Author

Jean Hughes Raber teaches journalism at Michigan State University.