Coming Home to the Catholic Church

Rcia class of the St. Thomas More Newman Center of Columbus at the Easter Vigil

Rcia class of the St. Thomas More Newman Center of Columbus at the Easter Vigil

For many students in Saint Paul's Outreach, the Catholic Church has always been their home. It is has been their tradition for years to go to Mass every Sunday, hear the readings, listen to the homily, and receive the Eucharist. However, there are many students who have joined SPO without ever having this tradition. From many different backgrounds, we are excited to say that eight of our SPO members entered the Church this past Saturday at the Easter Vigil! Many received Baptism, and all received both Confirmation and First Communion. We cannot thank God enough for the joy that these men and women have brought to our lives through their bold proclamation of faith and desire to search for something more. We hope that the Catholic Church can truly be a place of joy and peace as we welcome them home. We would like to honor these eight students by sharing their awe-inspiring testimonies.


jeremy adams (center) with father john paul heiser and danielle fegan

jeremy adams (center) with father john paul heiser and danielle fegan

Jeremy Adams, Senior studying Political Science at West Virginia University

"I chose to become Catholic because I wasn’t happy with my spiritual life. I knew that I was in a bad place spiritually and that I needed help; my previous experiences with other faith communities had left me feeling as though something was missing. In the Catholic faith, especially in the faith-centered community of Morgantown, I felt a “wholeness” that was so obviously missing from my life before conversion and a family to help me grow in knowing Jesus Christ.  Becoming Catholic is one of the best choices I could have ever made."

noah anderson with father john paul heiser

noah anderson with father john paul heiser

Noah Anderson, Sophomore studying Accounting at West Virginia University

"Coming into the Catholic faith has been a truly transforming experience for my life. I know that I have been welcomed into God's loving embrace and into the fullness of faith. Community has played such a huge role in my conversion and continues to do so. The Catholic community is one that cares about the souls of others and one that builds me up, not only in faith, but in every aspect of my life."

Emily denniston (center) with sponsors Dan mckeon (left) and brianne szymanski (right)

Emily denniston (center) with sponsors Dan mckeon (left) and brianne szymanski (right)

Emily Denniston, Sophomore studying New Media and Communication Technology at Ohio State

"I came to know God my freshman year of college through some wonderful people whom He sent my way. Their radiating joy and kindness sparked my curiosity and drew me deeper and deeper into my faith and the Catholic Church. I have found my home here and am so thankful for the loving and compassionate community that I am blessed to have. I have only acknowledged a relationship with the Jesus for a short time in my life, but He has always been, and continues to, send blessings my way. I never imagined being where I am today and I am so thankful to God for his beautiful plan for my life."

kimmy eakins (right) sponsor meghan verimillion (left)

kimmy eakins (right) sponsor meghan verimillion (left)

Kimmy Eakins, Senior studying Molecular Genetics at Ohio State

"It’s been seven months since I began my journey into the Catholic Church and I couldn’t be more blessed by how God has completely turned my life around. Today is the day I finally get to be enriched in the Holy Spirit and receive the Eucharist. In my journey to Catholicism, I have felt a great love through the Catholic community on OSU's campus. I didn’t feel deserving of God’s love, but I've learned that no matter what I do, God will always love me unconditionally."

Jeff Good (right) with sponsor samuel jones (left)

Jeff Good (right) with sponsor samuel jones (left)

Jeff Good, Senior studying Economics at Ohio State

"I'm very excited to be a part of the Church, especially in this community. I can't think of better people to continue on my faith journey with. Even if He continues to keep calling me, He will take any 'yes' even if it is not with the most confidence. I know the Catholic Church will help me to grow in saying 'yes' to Him!"

Archibald hoxton (center) with father john paul heiser and ryan o'shaughnessy

Archibald hoxton (center) with father john paul heiser and ryan o'shaughnessy

Archibald Hoxton, Junior studying English at West Virginia University

"As a college student, I had grown weary of the shallow 'party life,' so I begin seeking purpose, identity and truth.  I searched through many different world-views and religions, only to find that they too felt shallow. Then I met a missionary with Saint Paul’s Outreach, who showed me the truth and fulfillment of the Christian life. After a few months of questioning, learning, and releasing the old notions I had about the Church, I realized that I had found what I was looking for and I was in love with Christ and His Church. I am now fully Catholic; I could not have made a better decision in my life and I look forward to where this journey will take me."

Rachel layfield (right) with sponsor amanda massinople (left)

Rachel layfield (right) with sponsor amanda massinople (left)

Rachel Layfield, Senior studying English at Ohio State

"I am excited to be a part of the Church because she stands up for truth in a world where lies abound, and I am overjoyed to receive the Eucharist and other Sacraments because I know they make me a stronger advocate for Christ.  On my faith journey, I've learned a little bit about a lot of things, and I am looking forward to increasing and rounding out that knowledge for years and years to come."

abby lutz (left) with sponsor chloe harman (right)

abby lutz (left) with sponsor chloe harman (right)

Abby Lutz, Sophomore studying Political Science and Journalism at West Virginia University

"My faith journey has taken me many places over the past four years, and time and again, I ended back up at the Catholic Church. I finally realized I had found my home, and the SPO Missionaries played a huge role in helping me with this! Coming into the Church this Easter will forever be one of the best moments of my life!"