There is a growing feeling among many recent converts that it is time for their stories to be told. Some of those who took the path to Rome in the early 1990s have already died. Others are advancing in years and it is inevitable that memories will begin to fade. It would be a tragedy if these stories were lost. In recent months the Society has been in conversation with Professor Stephen Bullivant, of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, about the possibility of a research project which would record at least some of these conversion stories as well as acknowledge the invaluable contribution that converts have made to the Church in recent times. A significant number have gone on to be ordained as Catholic priests and in at least one Catholic diocese in this country the majority of priests are now convert clergy.
These discussions are continuing but the Society’s Trustees have already recognised the importance of this project and given their support to it. No research on the subject of converts would be complete without including the story of what was formerly the Converts Aid Society and what is now the St Barnabas Society. If this comes to fruition the plan is for Professor Bullivant’s research to be turned into a book to mark the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Converts Aid Society which will be in 2021. Please pray for God’s blessing upon this research and for all those who will contribute to it. Professor Stephen would be delighted to hear from former clergy of other denominations (or religions) who have now become Catholic, and might be willing to be interviewed. Please email Stephen.firstname.lastname@example.org (with a bit of background bio info).