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EWTN Journey Home - Feb. 28 - Jeffry Hendrix - Former United Methodist pastor
EWTN ^ | February 28, 2011 | Marcus Grodi

Posted on 02/28/2011 2:56:13 PM PST by NYer

The Journey Home
with Marcus Grodi

LIVE - Mondays 8 PM ET

Encore – Tuesday 1 AM ET & 9 AM ET, Thursday 2 PM ET, Saturday 11 PM ET
This exciting call-in program examines why so many people, including fallen away Catholics and individuals from other denominations, are being drawn home to the Catholic Church.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic
KEYWORDS: methodist

1 posted on 02/28/2011 2:56:19 PM PST by NYer
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Faith via monks, music

Convert pulled to Catholic Church through love of violin, friends at Berryville

When Jeff Hendrix was 5 years old, he experienced a moment of “transcendence” while listening to the 19th-century symphonic suite “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. For the next two years, he begged his parents to let him take up the violin in an attempt to recapture that pivotal experience.

“That really was to me, I think the Holy Spirit’s first entrée in my life into really what beauty and truth and goodness was like,” Hendrix said, sitting in the classroom at St. Charles School in Arlington where he teaches sixth grade. “Music has always been an important part of my life.”

Born in Bremen, Ind., in 1954, the youngest of five brothers and sisters, Hendrix was raised by an evangelical United Brethren pastor — a background that “taught me to love the Lord, to avoid sin, to seek salvation,” he said.

He followed his nearly lifelong attraction to music, planning to graduate from DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., with a degree in music. Feeling continuously unfulfilled, however, Hendrix switched tracks and discerned what he thought was a call to ordained ministry in the Protestant church. He earned a master’s in divinity from Duke University in Durham, N.C. — where he met his wife, Mochel — and the two embarked on a life of ministering to the United Methodist community together.

For 20 years they served in the Virginia Annual Conference of the Methodist Church, ministering in communities all over Virginia. But despite his active ministry, he remained unfulfilled — searching for “more meaning, more purpose, something I couldn’t put my finger on.”

In the early 1980s, Hendrix was invited to an ecumenical book study led by two monks at Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville. He developed long-term relationships with several of the monks, and Hendrix began attending regular retreats at the monastery, still searching for complete fulfillment.

“That started to open me up yet to another experience of transcendence that was more specific, especially in a time in my life when I was really searching,” he said. “Even though I will always love the United Methodist Church for what it taught me and what it has done for me, the best answers that I was receiving were coming from the Catholic sector of influences in my life.”

It was in Berryville that he found the closer relationship with Christ for which he had been searching — in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

“It was only really when I was in the chapel there at Holy Cross Abbey that I began to have an extreme awareness of the real presence of Christ in the tabernacle, in the Eucharist,” he said. “I started to really yearn for that.”

Realizing that a conversion to the Catholic Church meant leaving behind two decades of work, the common bond of ministry with his wife and his Protestant roots, Hendrix struggled with his decision. But he retired from his Methodist ministry in the spring of 2001.

Leaving the Methodist Church was not a rejection of that branch of faith that taught him so much, Hendrix said.

“I honor and respect the United Methodist Church,” he said. “But it’s not the fullness of the Faith.”

Months later, with Youth Apostle Father Jack Peterson, who had given Hendrix catechesis lessons, as his sponsor, Hendrix was confirmed at Holy Cross Abbey in June 2001. He now is a parishioner of St. James Parish in Falls Church.

“I feel like everything in my life has been leading me to that decision,” he said. “I am as sure as I can be, in this life, that that’s the best and most grace-filled decision I’ve ever made in my life.”

Hendrix’s journey has since taken another turn — one dictated by the controlling arm of cancer — as he undergoes chemotherapy. He wrote a short book — tentatively called A Little Guide for Your Last Days — that tackles, from the Catholic perspective, answers to the questions “Why am I still here?” and “What do I do with the time I have left?”

Though the answers to those questions have yet to play out in Hendrix’s life, he has found a home at St. Charles where he can be a positive influence on his students.

“I feel incredibly blessed to be eight years now teaching in a Catholic parochial setting where we can talk about what’s really important,” he said.

The strain of “Scheherazade” that pulled him along since an early age led him to what he truly believes to be the fullness of faith.

“I am so happy to be living in the sacramental grace of the Catholic Church now, that I yearned for,” he said.

Though Hendrix played the violin in community orchestras for many years throughout his life, his connection with the instrument doesn’t seem as vital now as it once did. He’s found a more absolute method of finding transcendence. After all, he said, the violin served its purpose. It was a “hook of the Holy Spirit.”

2 posted on 02/28/2011 3:01:01 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

My favorite show. Love it and try to watch each week.

3 posted on 02/28/2011 3:35:39 PM PST by Not gonna take it anymore
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To: NYer many people, including fallen away Catholics and individuals from other denominations, are being drawn home to the Catholic Church.

I don't see any proof of throngs of conversions or people throcking to Catholic churches. (Quite the contrary, I've heard of dozens of Catholic churches and organizations going broke.) I DO see hundreds of thousands of Catholics attending Pentecostal or Charismatic churches.

4 posted on 02/28/2011 4:17:37 PM PST by holyscroller ( Without God, America is one nation under)
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5 posted on 02/28/2011 5:40:01 PM PST by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: holyscroller

You might be surprised to find out, FRiend. Many are coming home. I’ve seen evidence of it here, in my corner of nowhere. Please keep two things in mind. The first is that this is not the only country where one finds Catholics. Here, we are the minority. In the rest of the world, that isn’t the case. There are many places where folks are coming home, in addition to the US. The second is that you might have noticed, in some ways, our press is, umm, slightly slanted in it’s overall reporting. Not just about Catholicism, but a few other things. With a bit of research, you may find unexpected news in lots of places, in addition to this sort.

btw, cool name.

6 posted on 02/28/2011 5:53:01 PM PST by sayuncledave (A cruce salus)
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To: holyscroller

You’re missing the point. The converts coming into the Catholic faith know exactly what they are leaving and exactly what they are joining. The Catholics leaving do not know those things.

7 posted on 02/28/2011 6:25:12 PM PST by vladimir998 (Copts, Nazis, Franks and Beans - what a public school education puts in your head.)
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To: NYer

Welcome home Jeffry and Mochel.

8 posted on 02/28/2011 6:36:56 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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9 posted on 02/28/2011 6:37:39 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: holyscroller
Number of baptized Catholics in the world grows by 15 million [Catholic Caucus]
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10 posted on 02/28/2011 6:38:46 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: holyscroller

Our priest shared that at Christmas time he had many, many, many Confessions of people coming back to the Catholic Church.

I am expecting the same here at Easter.

Our little church’s RCIA class (adults coming into full Communion with the Catholic Church) has 25 people in it. Two of them previously unchurched at all.

Now if something like that is happening in every Catholic Church — that’s a lot of people!

11 posted on 02/28/2011 6:41:16 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Mochel is still a Methodist pastor.

Jeffrey is suffering from cancer. I don’t know if it is terminal.

12 posted on 03/01/2011 5:08:35 AM PST by Not gonna take it anymore
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