|The Fruits of Conversion|
|Written by Sherry|
|Thursday, 05 April 2007 16:37|
Here's a wonderful story from the Arkansas Catholic, the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock.
The Diocese has seen 11,000 adults enter the Church since 1984 when records began to be kept. Last month, the paper asked parishes, schools, and religious orders across the state if they could identify converts who were making a difference.
"The response was impressive. Many who have entered the local Church through RCIA are now deacons, religious sisters, Catholic and public school educators, RCIA coordinators, diocesan and parish employees, Knights of Columbus, Cursillo leaders, theology students, catechists, youth ministers, extraordinary ministers of Communion and lay oblates for religious orders. And that's just a sampling from those identified."
The paper tells the story of 3 such converts: a doctor who has been ordained as a deacon and now runs a medical clinic in Honduras where 60,000 have received basic medical care; a woman who become a Catholic school principal; and another woman who is now a Benedictine sister.
It's a mixed bag. We know that large numbers of those received at Easter are gone within a year. But we also know that a good portion of those who do continue to practice go on to do remarkable things for Christ and the Church.
So during the Easter Vigil while you watch those new Catholics professing their faith and being received, remember you may be watching the Church's future leadership.