EWTN series to profile Catholics who 'come home'

Image from CatholicsComeHome.org commercial. Credit: Catholics Come Home, Inc.

The evangelization group Catholics Come Home is set to premiere a 13-episode television series that fosters engagement in the “New Evangelization” and interviews people who have recently returned to the Catholic faith.

“I believe God’s mercy is reaching the hearts of returnees, converts, agnostics and atheists through creative media, helping to bring them home,” Tom Peterson, founder president of Catholics Come Home, said in a video announcement for the series.

“Join us as we travel across North America with incredible stories of redemption, as the Holy Spirit transforms souls.”

Dr. Gloria Sampson, a former atheist and linguistics professor who is now an active Catholic, will be featured in the first episode, which will air on EWTN Sept. 4.

She will discuss her recent return to the Catholic Church after 52 years away from God. She credits seeing a Catholics Come Home commercial broadcast in Vancouver, Canada with helping to inspire her return.

“(A)ll I want to do now, is evangelize!” she said.

Each of the series’ half-hour episodes will also discuss evangelization.

The “Catholics Come Home” series will air on EWTN television every Thursday at 10 p.m. Eastern Time. Episodes will be rebroadcast at 6 p.m. on Sundays and can also be watched live online.

Guests include former fallen-away Catholics, atheists, agnostics, and Protestants who have turned or returned to the Catholic Church.

Episodes have been filmed in more than a dozen archdioceses and dioceses in the U.S. and Canada.

Catholics Come Home, which is based in Georgia, has broadcast many short segments on television that encourage inactive and former Catholics to return to the Church. They also reach out to those who have never been Catholic. The organization has produced segments in several different languages that have reached an audience of millions.

The apostolate says that since 1998 it has helped over 500,000 people “come home” to the Catholic Church.

The Catholics Come Home website is www.catholicscomehome.org.


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October 4, 2015

  • Sunday, October 4

    Gerard Thomas Straub Book Signing, 9 a.m.- 1p.m., Holy Family Bookstore, 1519 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. Straub will discuss his newly re-released book, “The Sun and Moon Over Assisi.” (626) 403-6133.

    St. Kateri Mass, 11 a.m., St. Marcellinus Church, 2349 Strong Ave., Commerce. Everyone is welcome to honor and follow in the footsteps of St. Kateri Tekakwitha. Potluck and raffle immediately following – bring a favorite dish to share!

    Faith Support on Our Cancer Journey, 2-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. This afternoon of reflection will explore ways for those struggling with cancer can nurture their spirits and seek divine guidance and support. $25 ($20 if paid in full by September 25). (310) 377-4867. www.maryjoseph.org.

    “Come and See” Vocation Event, 2-7 p.m., Heart of Jesus Retreat Center, 2927 S Greenville St., Santa Ana. Single women of high school and college age are invited by Sacred Heart Sisters to learn more about religious life. Dinner will be provided. RSVP by Oct. 3 at (714) 557-4583 or heartofjesusrc@sbcglobal.net. 

    Once Upon a Time: Stories to Awaken the Mysteries of the Heart, 3-5 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Rancho Palos Verdes. $25. (310) 377-4867. www.maryjoseph.org.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

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