How Do I Bring My Children Back to the Church?

This may be the #1 question that Fr. Josh gets asked: “How do I bring my children back to the Church?” This is a question that lies in the hearts of so many parents in the Church today. This desire is good and a sign of true love for their children. Fr. Josh explains how to help bring children back to Church and love them well in the process.

Snippet from the Show
We don’t bring our loved ones back to the Church. It is God who draws them back. Then they, with their free will, respond to God’s grace.


Glory Story (1:45)
Listener Question (4:25)

I have kids who have left the Church. How do I bring them back?

Saint Story: Blessed Anthony Neyrot (18:13)

Anthony Neyrot was born in 1425 in Piedmont, Italy. When he grew up, he entered the Dominican Order. While traveling on a ship, he was captured by Moorish pirates. Out of fear, he denounced the Faith, became a Muslim, and married a Muslim woman.

Only a few months after this, Anthony repented and put back on his Dominican habit. He began teaching the message of the Gospel. Not long after, he was imprisoned and stoned to death. He died in 1460.


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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