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Ricardo Quillen wrote:

Hi, guys —

Hi my name is R.J. and I am 16 years old. I grew up in a somewhat Christian home but we never attend church and I never really considered myself a Christian.

I woke up today and I can't explain it but I feel a need to join the Catholic Church.

It's been running through my head non-stop and I feel it may be a calling from God.
I am not baptized and I would just like some information about joining.


  { Can you provide some information on becoming Catholic; I feel a strong need to join the Church? }

Mary Ann replied:

Well, RJ, God calls people in many ways.

The first thing to do is pray. God wants to be in a close relationship with you.

The second thing to do is to talk to a priest. Not being baptized is not a problem.

Joining is a process that happens in a parish community and it involves study, prayer and support from others.

You might want to buy a Catechism of the Catholic Church and start reading it.

We will pray for you.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Dear Ricardo,

Thanks for your interest in the Church. There are several ways we can help.

You can check out my Favorites page. It has some great commentary and encouragement . . . yeah, by me : )

We also have a specific section on our FAQ page, that addresses your question:

How do I become Catholic and related questions.

Search around and find a pastor or priest from a local Catholic parish who is known for his faithfulness to the Church. Call the parish and make an appointment to talk to the pastor/priest about becoming a Catholic.

What you have described in your e-mail is definitely a calling from the Holy Spirit. I'm not saying this because I'm a Catholic, but because we have received similar e-mails from questioners saying similar things.

That said, keep in mind what my colleague Eric has said in various replies:

The right reason to become Catholic is not because Catholicism lines up with your personal beliefs but because the Catholic Church is the truth-telling Church.

In other words, as a Catholic you should believe that your beliefs should align with Catholicism, and not the other way around.

You will be asked, as a convert, to accept whatever the Catholic Church teaches to be revealed by God — now and in the future, known and unknown. You should choose the Church because She tells the truth and always will, not because what She teaches agrees with your opinions.

I will keep your spiritual journey in my prayers.

Hope this helps,


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