The following essay is from a guest writer while Fr David is on retreat in Italy.
“…I never felt quite at home.”
Happy Sunday! I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you and tell you a little bit of my story. I’m Rosemari Farrell and I joined the church at this year’s Easter Vigil.
I was born in Mobile, but grew up in Evansville, Indiana. My father was a first generation American and raised Catholic. My mother was raised Baptist but converted to Catholicism when she married my dad. I was baptized at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Evansville when I was four years old along with my younger sister.
My father was a long haul truck driver and my mother suffered from health issues, so we attended Mass sporadically throughout my childhood and teen years. My brother was born when I was in second grade and my sisters and I had to drop out of our catechism class.
As an adult, I have attended Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, and Evangelical churches and although I met wonderful people and heard moving sermons at each church, I never felt quite at home. I always felt like just a visitor.
Fast forward to two summers ago when I began researching my family tree. I was able to trace part of my mother’s line back to colonial America, but trying to find out about my paternal grandfather’s life before he arrived, or even when he arrived in America was a complex task. As I researched his life, I was saddened by how much history had been lost. This led me to start thinking about my Catholic upbringing and I wondered if there was some way to finish the process that began when I was four years old. I thought about it, prayed about it, and read books about becoming Catholic. I knew that it was a huge commitment and I had to be certain that I could make and honor that commitment. I have a special needs son and I also needed to feel certain that he was stable enough for me to dedicate myself to something that would affect him as well.
Last summer I emailed Our Savior and joined the RCIA class. Let me just say that it was the best decision that I have EVER made!! The classes were enlightening and informative. I learned so much and would eagerly share that knowledge with family and friends after each class. All members of the RCIA Team made the process of becoming Catholic a true and joyfully blessed undertaking. I am grateful that my sponsor has walked with me and guided me with kindness and grace.
There have been so many moving experiences throughout this journey that I will remember for the rest of my life. Being confirmed and receiving Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil is one of the most deeply meaningful and soul-stirring events of my life. I feel as though I am back on a path that I wandered off of so many years ago. I am so honored and blessed to be a part of the Our Savior family and the Catholic faith.
I will close by thanking each of you from the bottom of my heart for making me feel welcomed home!