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Travis Miller wrote:

Hi, guys —

My wife and I are interested in converting to Catholicism.

  • What steps do we need to take?

We have been attending an Episcopal church on and off for the past five years due to the fact that we have found ourselves unhappy with the direction of the other Protestant churches. Both my wife and I have past family that were Catholic (Welsh/Irish) but we were both raised in Protestant churches; my wife, Methodist and I, Presbyterian and Methodist. We have both been baptized
(but neither of us can remember the exact age). Both my wife and I have been married before and I have two daughters. I have been told that the Catholic Church will NOT accept my wife and
I because we have been married before.

  • Is this true?

Please Help.

Thank you!

Travis-Keith Miller

  { My wife and I are interested in converting to Catholicism. What steps do we need to take? }

John replied:

Hi, Travis —

Thank you for your question.

The first step is to go to your local Catholic parish and talk to a priest or the pastor. The fact you were both previously married is an impediment, but it is not insurmountable. The Church would have to determine if those previous marriages were valid or not. It is possible that they could be annulled.

In your case, since neither one of you were Catholic, it is possible (if not indeed likely) that your understanding of the permanency and sacramental nature of marriage was not fully developed. That is one of the grounds for annulment right there but again, it's up to the Church to determine, not us.

Getting both your marital statuses rectified is only one step. The other part is entering a good RCIA program which will prepare both of you to enter the Church. The programs usually run from September through May. You meet once a week and are instructed in the faith. Usually, candidates are confirmed into the Church at the Easter Vigil of that same year, so the sessions go on after you've entered the Church.

It all starts with you making an appointment to talk to your local parish priest. If you let us know where you live, we might be able to help you find a good parish, however, any parish priest ought to know what to do. You might want to visit a couple of parishes first, find a priest who effectively preaches the Word of God, and approach him after Mass. No doubt, he'll say make an appointment, but if he's worth his oats he'll be ecstatic when you tell him the issues that are on your mind.

God Bless, and if you have any questions about the faith as you continue your journey, please feel free to ask us.

Under His Mercy,

John DiMascio

Mike replied:

Hi, Travis —

In addition to what my colleague John has said, hear is a web page that talks about the process of being a Catholic:

I use to run a free program that sent Catechisms to seeking Protestants and non-Christians but no longer have the financial or operational means to do this anymore. Nevertheless, if you wish to go deeper, consider buying a cheap copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to learn everything we believe as Catholics.

If you, or any visitor, has been helped by our work at AskACatholic.com, consider financially supporting us today.

Mike

Travis replied:

Hi, guys —

I just wanted to thank all of you for your information and help.

This is turning out to be the best decision and addition in my life. My wife and I are currently enrolled in an RCIA program at our local parish in Olathe, KS.

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my emails.

Travis-Keith Miller

John replied:

Your more than welcome!

John

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