“From the time of the apostles, becoming a Christian has been accomplished by a journey and initiation in several stages. This journey can be covered rapidly or slowly, but certain essential elements will always have to be present: proclamation of the Word, acceptance of the Gospel entailing conversion, profession of faith, Baptism itself, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and admission to Eucharistic communion.”Catechism of the Catholic Church, §1229
Below are testimonials shared by the Candidates who have experienced the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults formation process at St. Francis Borgia this year. These very personal stories describe their faith journey into full communion with the Catholic Church. Let us be sure to welcome our new members, and express our gratitude to their sponsors who have been with them on their journey!
My name is Lindsey Martin. I grew up in the Arnold/Imperial area. I moved to Washington, MO in 2014. I am engaged to Joe Brahan and we are planning a May wedding. Joe and I have a daughter who is 20 months old. Lola has brought so many joys to our busy lives! I work as a Customer Service supervisor at STL Medical Supply in Fenton, MO. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with Joe and Lola!
Joe was raised Catholic and I was raised Presbyterian. After we were engaged and had Lola, we decided that she would be raised Catholic and that I would convert for a full Catholic wedding and so our family can be involved with the local church! The RCIA program has brought my family closer to God and has taught me more about the Catholic faith. I look forward to meeting and getting to know more of the Borgia parishioners.
Lindsey's sponsor is Jane Maune.
My name is Melonie Nance. I grew up in the Washington area. My husband Dennis and I have been married for 44 years. We have one daughter, Jaime and her husband Scott Obermark; and two sons, Daniel Nance and Eric Nance and his wife Angela. We have been blessed with five grandchildren and a sixth due in June. They are Josie, Ryker and Reid Obermark, and Emmy Nance and Liam Nance. I am retired and enjoy watching my grandchildren and spending time at our vacation home in Branson.
I grew up going to the Methodist church. My husband is Catholic and all of our children were baptized Catholic. With the encouragement from my family and friends and my desire to learn more about the Catholic faith, I decided to go through the RCIA program. I feel like it has brought me closer to my family and to God. I cannot wait for my Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion into the church.
Melonie's sponsor is Scott Obermark.
My name is Paula Pedrotti, and with the exception of a few years I have been a lifelong resident of Franklin County. I graduated from Pacific High School in 1993 and went on to graduate from Jefferson College and then the University of Missouri Saint Louis in 2005. I began working in public safety in 2005 as a 911 operator and have continued to work in that field since that time.
My mother raised me and my brother in the Baptist tradition, but even though I had strong faith I did not feel passionately about being a Protestant. When I was introduced to the Catholic faith I felt as though my soul had found its home. The first time I walked into the Church I felt as though my soul was filled with peace, and I knew then that this was where I belonged.
Because of my work schedule I had a difficult time completing RCIA classes and have finally, after many years of yearning, completed them despite my 40-70 hour per week work schedule. I very much enjoy listening to EWTN on my long commute to and from work. I am so thankful for the RCIA program and St. Francis Borgia as they have all worked so hard to help me on my journey despite my complex work schedule.
Paula's sponsor is Kathleen Marquart.