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Chloe Branton wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a twelve-year-old girl from the city of York, England and I was christened when I was a baby.

  • Seeing that my mother and father don't attend church, and my mother has been christened but my father hasn't, can I convert to the Catholic faith?


  { Seeing that my mother and father don't attend church, can I become Catholic if I am 12 years old? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Chloe —

The Church considers that at 14 you are of an age to convert if you want to, though they may want your parent's permission prior to age 18. Your baptism in the Church of England (if that's what it was) is valid so all you would have to do is contact your local Catholic parish and ask about the process for instruction in becoming a full member of the Church.

While you have the right in conscience to convert, you should speak with your parents about this, and study the faith seriously. With their permission, you may start the process now.

If your parents forbid your conversion, you can continue in prayer and preparation until you are of age.

God will bless you and take care of you.

Mary Ann
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