When I came to Bowling Green I met Justin, a missionary for the Catholic Falcons, through a friend who had converted two years prior to me. I started talking with him, making polite conversation as I was getting dinner ready for the group who was over. I didn’t know much about Catholicism and hadn’t really been around it much to have those conversations about it. He was very polite about it and said, “Hey, if you’ve never been to Mass you should give it a try. Or not!” It was very much a “take it or leave it”, which wasn’t usual for me to hear, I was used to religion being shoved down my throat. I thought, I had been trying out a couple of places, and it would be kind of weird going to Mass that early on a Sunday, but I said why not! 

When I went, I felt something. I like to in the moment find that empirical evidence, but there was something beyond that which got me to really start thinking. I think it was about six months until I finally came around and decide I needed to go through RCIA, or at least look into it.

It was definitely a different experience than what I thought it was going to be. It was very conversational, very open to questions. I had a lot of questions that were on my mind that were answered. Lots of things I was able to come to terms with later on and why it’s the case. I have so much more to learn. Luckily I have a lot of friends who are Catholic Theologians!

This parish is one of the few stable rocks in my life. I feel at peace here so that I can focus on my relationship with God. I’m a very chaotic and sporadic person, I’m always on the move, constantly changing what my future is going to be. But Church, and the community and God are the very few pillars I have, where I KNOW I need to be here. It’s a comfort of mine. It’s also good to know that when life gets hard, God is still there for me. Most people worry if they ask questions then it'll look like they are doing something wrong, but if you don't have clear understanding you just need to ask.

Douglas Simpson