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Justin Martyr:
Credit for this find goes to Dr_Talon, on the r/TraditionalCatholics subreddit.

An Apology for the Conversion of Stephen Cleveland Blythe, to the Faith of the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church: Respectfully Addressed to Protestants of Every Denomination (published 1815)

https://archive.org/details/cihm_48018/page/n3/mode/2up

Four Years in France; or Narrative of an English Family’s Residence There During that Period; Preceded by Some Account of The Conversion of the Author to the Catholic Faith by Henry Digby Beste (published 1826 - author converted in 1798)

https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.36217/page/ii/mode/2up

The Triumph of Truth in the Conversion of the Rev. J.A. Mason, from the Errors of Methodism to the Catholic Faith by J.A. Mason (published in 1827)

https://archive.org/details/a626003700masouoft/page/n1/mode/2up

An Account of the Conversion of the Reverend John Thayer: Formerly a Protestant Minister of Boston by John Thayer (published 1832)

https://archive.org/details/anaccountconver00thaygoog/page/n1/mode/2up

A Protestant Converted to Catholicity by her Bible and Prayer Book Alone : or, an Account of the Conversion of Mrs. Fanny Maria Pittar by Fanny Maria Pittar (published 1867)

https://archive.org/details/AProtestantConvertedToCatholicity/page/n7/mode/2up

Long Resistance and Ultimate Conversion by Anonymous (published in 1868)

https://archive.org/details/LongResistanceAndUltimateConversion/page/n7/mode/2up

A Life's Decision by T.W. Allies (published in 1894)

https://archive.org/details/ALifesDecision/page/n7/mode/2up

A New England Conversion by J.G. Robins (date unknown, but during or after the time of Cardinal Newman)

https://archive.org/details/newenglandconver00robi/page/n1/mode/2up

How a Schoolmaster Became a Catholic by James P. Taylor (published 1890 - ecclesiastical approval 1889)

https://archive.org/details/howschoolmasterb00tayluoft/page/n3/mode/2up

My Conversion by F.X. Farmer, S.J. (converted in 1915)

https://archive.org/details/myconversion00farm/mode/2up

True Story of a Conversion by Very Rev. Thomas V. Tobin (unknown date - but between 1903 and the 1950s)

https://archive.org/details/truestoryofconve00tobi/mode/2up

My Conversion to the Catholic Faith by Bishop Duane G. Hunt of Salt Lake (published 1949)

https://archive.org/details/myconversiontoca00hunt/page/n1/mode/2up

Where I Found Christ: the Intimate Personal Stories of Fourteen Converts to the Catholic Faith Ed. John A. O'Brian (published 1950)

https://archive.org/details/whereifoundchris00obri/page/n7/mode/2up

My favorite was the story of Mrs. Fanny Maria Pittar. I also found the one interesting where, in an attached letter to his brother, the author states that it's not nessecary to believe in papal infallibility, so his brother need not worry about it. That conversion story was Pre-Vatican I, of course.

Thoughts?

Michael Wilson:
I love conversion stories; thank you.

Frank:

--- Quote from: Justin Martyr on July 23, 2021, 08:48:12 PM ---Credit for this find goes to Dr_Talon, on the r/TraditionalCatholics subreddit.

An Apology for the Conversion of Stephen Cleveland Blythe, to the Faith of the Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Church: Respectfully Addressed to Protestants of Every Denomination (published 1815)

https://archive.org/details/cihm_48018/page/n3/mode/2up

Four Years in France; or Narrative of an English Family’s Residence There During that Period; Preceded by Some Account of The Conversion of the Author to the Catholic Faith by Henry Digby Beste (published 1826 - author converted in 1798)

https://archive.org/details/dli.granth.36217/page/ii/mode/2up

The Triumph of Truth in the Conversion of the Rev. J.A. Mason, from the Errors of Methodism to the Catholic Faith by J.A. Mason (published in 1827)

https://archive.org/details/a626003700masouoft/page/n1/mode/2up

An Account of the Conversion of the Reverend John Thayer: Formerly a Protestant Minister of Boston by John Thayer (published 1832)

https://archive.org/details/anaccountconver00thaygoog/page/n1/mode/2up

A Protestant Converted to Catholicity by her Bible and Prayer Book Alone : or, an Account of the Conversion of Mrs. Fanny Maria Pittar by Fanny Maria Pittar (published 1867)

https://archive.org/details/AProtestantConvertedToCatholicity/page/n7/mode/2up

Long Resistance and Ultimate Conversion by Anonymous (published in 1868)

https://archive.org/details/LongResistanceAndUltimateConversion/page/n7/mode/2up

A Life's Decision by T.W. Allies (published in 1894)

https://archive.org/details/ALifesDecision/page/n7/mode/2up

A New England Conversion by J.G. Robins (date unknown, but during or after the time of Cardinal Newman)

https://archive.org/details/newenglandconver00robi/page/n1/mode/2up

How a Schoolmaster Became a Catholic by James P. Taylor (published 1890 - ecclesiastical approval 1889)

https://archive.org/details/howschoolmasterb00tayluoft/page/n3/mode/2up

My Conversion by F.X. Farmer, S.J. (converted in 1915)

https://archive.org/details/myconversion00farm/mode/2up

True Story of a Conversion by Very Rev. Thomas V. Tobin (unknown date - but between 1903 and the 1950s)

https://archive.org/details/truestoryofconve00tobi/mode/2up

My Conversion to the Catholic Faith by Bishop Duane G. Hunt of Salt Lake (published 1949)

https://archive.org/details/myconversiontoca00hunt/page/n1/mode/2up

Where I Found Christ: the Intimate Personal Stories of Fourteen Converts to the Catholic Faith Ed. John A. O'Brian (published 1950)

https://archive.org/details/whereifoundchris00obri/page/n7/mode/2up

My favourite was the story of Mrs. Fanny Maria Pittar. I also found the one interesting where, in an attached letter to his brother, the author states that it's not necessary to believe in papal infallibility, so his brother need not worry about it. That conversion story was Pre-Vatican I, of course.

Thoughts?

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Many thanks for that post, Justin.

I was particularly interested in your favourite since my wife was also
convert from the Church of England. She came to the conclusion
that the Catholic Church was the one true church from her study of
history at the secular grammar school, Godolphin and Latymer.

One my daughters, Teresa Crabtree, wrote an article on her conversion
that was published in the Sceptre Bulletin, No 176, July/August 1993.

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