Saving grace

By Paul Johnston

I was elated when my wife, Anna, was awarded a fellowship from the Erasmus Institute at Notre Dame. Within six weeks of our arrival I sought out the campus leader of the church’s Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA), and by the following spring I took my First Communion.

I think I would have joined the Catholic Church in good time whether we spent that year in South Bend or not. In our 20 years of marriage, I often accompanied Anna to Mass, and we had discussed Catholicism and things religious in general. But surely the openness, the beauty, and the thoughtfulness and intelligence I experienced at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart were central to my conversion experience.…

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