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Becoming Catholic

The late Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said,

“There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.”

If you are open to seeing what God is offering, you may be surprised with what you find in the Catholic faith.

Becoming Catholic

A Journey in Faith


The normal process for a person exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic is called Christian Initiation, a combination of instruction sessions and public rituals. The process, of no particular length of time, is structured considering the background and questions of the person, while providing a broadly based understanding of the Church. The goal is always to offer a thorough presentation of the Church’s life and teaching to enable the person to make an informed decision about becoming Catholic.

At the Church of the Nativity, we welcome anyone who wishes to inquire about the Catholic Church and look forward to being their companion on their journey of faith. A person who wishes to inquire about the Catholic Church may contact Fr. Keith Stewart, the pastor of the church at any time. Meeting with the pastor allows the inquirer to set the agenda and answer any initial questions that he or she may have.

If an Inquirer wishes to continue in the process through the celebration of the first public ritual, a sponsor will be assigned to continue the journey with the catechumen, an un-baptized person, or the candidate, one baptized previously in another faith tradition.

Fr. Keith’s contact information is 901-382-2504 or keith.stewart@nativity.cdom.org.