A “Frank” Conversation with a Former Catholic

In ministry, we all know how hard it can be to get a practicing Catholic to commit to a weekly Bible study, youth group, or service project. So, how can we reach out to those who do not actively practice their faith, or someone who has left the Catholic Faith all together? A few weeks ago Marisa spoke with a man named Frank, a former Catholic. He candidly shared with us his personal experience with Catholicism and the reasons he left the Faith. Between his thoughts, Allen and Marisa provide commentary on what we can learn from him and how we can apply his experiences to improving our ministries. In order to reach people we need to know their story, and our conversation with Frank is a perfect example.



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  1. Great podcast. Very interesting topic. I wish there were a better method in place for teaching all the aspects of the faith (the sacraments, mass, priests, as well as the bible).

  2. This is the first of these podcasts I have heard, and will have to listen to more to get a sense of the shows direction. My impression about this is over all it was a pretty good exercise, but I do wonder what Frank’s responses would have been, had some of those things he mistakenly believes or “knows of”, such as the $5,000 annulment, could have been explained to him in depth? Would he understand that the work of the advocates and others of the tribunal are not, and should not be free of charge?

    There are so many things that today’s Catholics and other Christians generally misunderstand about what the Church actually teaches. True discipleship is exhibited from the heart. Does the disciple live as the master? If he does, then what proceeds from his mouth should be evangelistic to those he encounters; also his actions, what proceeds from his “works” should also be evangelistic. Keep up the good work!


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