Father Charles P. Connor
Charles P. Connor, the Historian of the Diocese of Scranton, received
his early education in Saint Rose School, Carbondale, Penna. He
is a graduate of the University of Scranton, where he also received his
Master's Degree in United States History. In 1979, he received
his PH.D, in United States History from Fordham University, New York
He served as Adjunct Professor of History at the University of
Scranton, and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals
and Catholic publications. His column OUR CATHOLIC HERITAGE
appears in each issue of The Catholic Light, official newspaper of the
Diocese of Scranton. Two of his books have been published by
Ignatius Press, San Francisco: Classic Catholic Converts in 2001,
and DEFENDERS OF THE FAITH IN WORD AND DEED in 2003.
Father has co-produced several series for the Eternal Word Television
Network, including: The History of the Catholic Church in the
Historic Catholic Converts
of Faith in Word
Catholic Priesthood through the
Therese of Lisieux: The Saint for the Third Millennium, and
most recently, The Sacraments through the Ages. He has appeared
several times as the guest of Mother Angelica on her nationally
syndicated program, MOTHER ANGELICA LIVE, as well as with Marcus Grodi
on the Journey Home, and THE WORLD OVER, E.W.T.N's national news
Father Connor received a PH.D in Philosophy from the Catholic
University of Louvain in Belgium, and an S.T.B and M.A. in Theology
from the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities in Rome, where he
received his priestly formation at the North American College.
Ordained a priest of the Diocese of Scranton in 1990, he served for ten
years as Assistant Pastor of Saint Patrick's Parish in Scranton.
He has served as Pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in
Susquehanna, Penna., and on July 3, 2003 was named Pastor of Saint Rose
of Lima Parish in Carbondale, Penna.
Catholic Converts to Catholicism
Produced by EWTN
Fr. Charles Connor
Fr. Charles Connor, Ph.D. brings to life historic Catholic
with an in-depth, scholarly approach to biography. See what attracted
them to Rome, who helped them over their doctrinal objections, and the
price many paid for their conversion. Fr. Connor places these converts
into their historical context, explaining what was going on in
Christianity that made them want to become Catholic. Listen to a Journey Home Show Summary
on Catholic Converts.
Fr. Charles Connor, a Church historian, presents this 16 part series
from EWTN on well-known Catholic converts in history from the United
States, England, France and Germany. In his eloquent, captivating
style, Father Connor tells the compelling stories of men and women from
all walks of life whose spiritual journeys led them to Rome. Full of
interesting historical and biographical details, this informative
series shows how these converts to Catholicism bring to light the
richness of the faith and the fullness of truth. Among the many
converts presented in this series are G.K. Chesterton, Elizabeth Seton,
John Henry Newman, Edith Stein, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, Malcolm
Muggeridge, Ronald Knox, Jacques Maritain, Cornelia Connelly and many
Bayley Seton: - (Aug 28
1774–Jan 4, 1821) Elizabeth
Seton was the first native born American saint. After the untimely
death of her husband William, she befriended some Catholic neighbors.
She converted to Catholicism after witnessing these friends devotion
while receiving the Holy Eucharist. After converting to Catholicism,
she went on to found the American Sisters of Charity and began the
first Parochial school in the United States
Oxford Movement began
in the 1830’s and was championed by John Henry Cardinal Newman. The
Movement was begun by Anglican theologians who attempted to trace the
Apostolic succession from Peter to the existing Anglican High Church.
The more they studied, the more these theologians realized that they
were unable to do this. These people began to examine the Anglican
faith and found that it lacked the full deposit of faith found only in
the Catholic Church.
Brownson and I. Hecker
Orestes Brownson - (1803-1876) was a New England
intellectual and activist, preacher and labor organizer. Brownson is
best remembered as a publicist, a career which spanned his affiliation
with the New England Transcendentalists, through his subsequent
conversion to Catholicism.
Benson and C. C. Martindale
Henry Cardinal Newman (Feb 21 1801–Aug 11 1890) saw in
the Oxford movement the opportunity to
fight against “liberalism” in religion. This liberal thought was
teaching that there was no truth, that we are not more acceptable to
God by believing this or that, that our merit lies in seeking not in
possessing, that belief belongs only to the intellect and not to the
heart as well. As Newman studied the early church fathers he came to
understand that the Catholic Church was the only church that contained
the complete deposit of faith that had been passed down from Christ to
the apostles and their successors.
Keith Chesterton (May 29 1874–Jun 14 1936) was An
influential English writer of the early 20th century. His prolific and
diverse output included journalism, philosophy, poetry, biography,
Christian apologetics, fantasy, and detective fiction.
Maritain (Nov 18 1882–Apr 28 1973) A French Catholic
philosopher. He was a convert to Catholicism and the author of more
than 60 books. He is responsible for reviving St. Thomas Aquinas for
modern times and is a prominent drafter of the Universal Declaration of
Hawthorne Lathrop (May 20 1851–Jul 9 1926) Daughter of famous
American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rose Hawthorne
Lathrop converted to Catholicism and began the “Hawthorne Dominican”
sisters. Her order was the first to provide hospice care and spiritual
ministry for those diagnosed with terminal cancer.
and British Converts
Ronald Knox - (Feb 17 1888-Aug 24 1957) Was an English
theologian, priest and crime writer.
Peacock Connelly (1809 - Apr 18 1879) After their conversion to
Catholicism, Cornelia Peacock Connelly and
her husband seperated and while he went on to join the priesthood and
then leave it, she became and remained a nun. She began an order called
the Sisters of the Holy Child.
Spenser and Fidelis Kent Stone
Two passionist priests.
Day (Nov 8 1897 – Nov 29 1980) An American journalist turned
social activist and devout member of the Catholic Church. She became
known for her social justice campaigns in defense of the poor,
forsaken, hungry and homeless.
of Fulton J. Sheen
Edith Stein: Part
I & Part
and European Converts of Note
Household of Faith Produced by EWTN
MP3 Audio Conversion to Catholicism Step by Step