Article: ‘Winding conversion story’ led son of Evangelical missionaries to the Catholic priesthood

Published in the Catholic Standard, June 18, 2009
By Richard Szczepanowski, Catholic Standard staff

Deacon Daniel Gallaugher calls his spiritual journey from son of Evangelical Christian missionaries to Catholic priest “a winding conversion story” with an ending “that surprised me.”

Baptized a Methodist, raised as an Evangelical Christian and spending some time as a member of the Episcopal Church, Deacon Gallaugher will be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington on Saturday, June 20.

Born in Santa Barbara, Calif., Deacon Gallaugher’s parents, David and Penny Gallaugher, were Catholic before they converted to the Methodist faith.

“My father was a cradle Catholic and a diocesan seminarian for seven and a half years in the 1960s. My mother was a teen-age convert to Catholicism and spent three years right after high school as a Franciscan postulant and novice,” he explained. (more…)

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