Skip to comments.Anglican Priest Comes Home!
Posted on 08/08/2010 4:55:59 AM PDT by markomalley
Today we had the privilege of watching Anglican pastor Tim Gahles and his wife Vanessa and family being received into the Catholic Church. There was so much grace being poured out today! It was beautiful to see a godly family whose pursuit of the truth took them to a place where they never expected, nor wanted to go (at least initially)!
Tim was a nominal Catholic who left the Church as a 21 year old. He had a profound conversion where he truly experienced Christ in a personal way. This lead to his abandonment of Catholicism and embracing evangelical Christianity. He went to bible college, then graduate school and journeyed into reformed theology for a time as a Presbyterian. His love for liturgy then lead him to Anglicanism where he was ordained as an Anglican priest. However for the past 5 years he wrestled with the writings of Cardinal John Henry Newman (A 19th century convert from Anglicanism to Catholicism) and realized he had to come home to Rome! He contacted Fr. Peter Stravinskas who helped him on the rest of the journey home.
After spending just a short time with Tim and his family, I know that the Church will be blessed by the addition of this brave brother and his family who are risking much to enter the Catholic Church. Please keep him in prayer and Lord willing, soon we will hear from him in his own words.
PS; Never give up praying for your loved ones! His 80 year old mom said:
"I have been praying to St. Monica for him for 35 years!" That's longer than St Monica prayed for her son, St. Augustine!
I didn't get that indication from the article. (And maybe that is the "courageous" part...as in being received back into the Church, he would have to find a job...which, in this economy, would be a really courageous decision to make)
When an Anglican priest is received into the Catholic Church — that is a first step.
If he wants to continue as a Catholic priest — which he can, he must continue with a Catholic education. I’m not sure if it is one or two years of Theology classes and then I believe, he can be ordained as a Catholic priest.
In our diocese a married priest died suddenly. It was a shocker, because it was at a priests’ retreat. (Died suddenly of a heart attack during a racquetball game.)
PS. The racquetball game was during a break, not a part of the retreat.