Witnesses of Faith

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This series started as part of the celebration of the Year of Faith in the Diocese of Fargo.

The following testimonies are witnesses to the Catholic Faith alive in the diocese. Click on the name to read the testimony (all are PDF documents).

Bethlehem Community, Part 1Bethlehem Community, Part 1
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

After living in "Discipleship Houses" through the 1970s, some, by 1981, had determined to make their commitment to follow Christ together a permanent one. Bethlehem Community became a legal entity.

Bethlehem Community, Part 2: Winter JourneyBethlehem Community, Part 2: Winter Journey
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

In 1995, Bishop Sullivan extended an invitation for the Bethlehem Community to make their home in North Dakota. Here is their story of this winter journey of faith.

Mary BushyMary Bushy
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

"I started going to Mass again and fostered a personal relationship with Jesus; I started letting go of my desire to control my life."

Doran ChandlerDoran Chandler
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

"After twenty years of being in a spiritual dessert, I encountered Christ. Jesus and I met at a Cursillo weekend."

Liz ChandlerLiz Chandler
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

"Trusting in God’s plan for us hasn’t always been easy. Through our faith we are coming to realize that everything happens for a reason – in God’s time."

Beth LemerBeth Lemer
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

"My husband Bo and I had really worked on our marriage formation. But the hardest part of the formation was praying together."

Deacon Carl and Nancy OrthmanDeacon Carl and Nancy Orthman
Posted: Jan. 21, 2013

"Looking back over nearly seventy years, I can see clearly what a difference faith makes over a lifetime."

Susan BraunSusan Braun
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

“I have thanked my Baptist friend many times for challenging me that day. Since my conversion of heart, Steve and I have made it our goal to have a vast understanding of our faith. We love sharing what we’ve learned and are happy to see the Jehovah’s Witnesses show up at our door!”

Jack and Barb CarsonJack and Barb Carson
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

“Twenty years after Jack and Barb Carson left the Catholic Church, Blessed Pope John Paul II drew them back as he was on his deathbed. Their journey for the fullness of truth followed a long, winding path.”

Katie DubasKatie Dubas
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

“I am a cradle catholic, raised in the faith since infancy and I have never fallen away from practicing it. I am grateful to share my own story in hopes that you may realize that God works in ‘non-glamorous’ ways too.”

Laura JohnsonLaura Johnson
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

“I was intrigued by this church and as I sat through Mass, I formulated numerous questions to ask my friend for I was puzzled by its mysteriousness.”

Bruce and Vicki LarsonBruce and Vicki Larson
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

”As life-long Lutherans, we were searching for a Bible-based church and would never consider the Catholic church. But less than three years later, we were Confirmed into the Catholic Church after much prayer and seeking.”

Nathan SatherNathan Sather
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

“I was amazed. Every time a caller called in with a question about Catholic teaching, John would take them to where in Scripture they could find that doctrine, dogma, custom or discipline. I was shocked. And hooked.”

Jennifer and Patrick Lagein Jennifer and Patrick Lagein
Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

“It hasn't been easy but God provides the grace to face every hurdle ...”

Anna KnierAnna Knier
Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

“There comes a moment when children will examine the truths they’ve inherited from their parents, and determine whether what they've been taught is consistent with their longings, their experiences, their vision of happiness ...” Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

Father Matthew KraemerFather Matthew Kraemer
Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

“I first began to fall in love with Jesus and His family, the Church, at home with my parents and siblings ...”

Father Christopher MarkmanFather Christopher Markman
Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

“When I was young, I wanted to be a superhero ...”

Carrie MichaelsonCarrie Michaelson
Posted: Oct. 15, 2012

“By the age of 32, I was completely alone and had lost everything that ever meant anything to me ...”