Welcome to The Catholic Immigrant!

My name is Joel John and I am REALLY excited about this website! This blog was created to explore life from the bias of a Catholic (me!) who has been an ‘immigrant’ in more than one sense of the term. While this beautiful world we live in is where we call home, it is only a temporary shadow of our true, glorious home – heaven! In that sense, we are ALL immigrants anticipating their return home.

With a feeling of impermanence in mind, I want to explore questions about faith, love and God. Here are a few of the topics I plan to write on:

  • My personal ‘immigration’: geographically, culturally and spiritually
  • Love, God and Heaven
  • Attachment to this world

Apart from just spilling my own thoughts into words I want to present interviews of people who converted to Catholicism from different walks of life. There are as many unique experiences as there are people and getting to know just a fraction of those people can surely bring illumination and joy into our own journeys.

Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and I look forward to bringing some exciting content to you!


2 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Belle Z. May 24, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    Hi Joel, I’m a protestant Christian but I attend a Catholic School. I’m curious to learn more about Catholicism, what inspired your conversion? And do you have any advice for someone who is trying to figure out what they believe?


    • Joel John September 9, 2017 / 12:43 am

      Hi Belle! I’m so sorry that I hadn’t responded to you earlier.

      To make a long story short, I started challenging a Catholic that what they believed was not actually the truth. They weren’t very knowledgeable about the Catholic faith, but they had the courage to point out to me that most of my claims came from people who were already biased against the Catholic Church. It was a rational point and so I sought out to prove the Catholic Church wrong by understanding more about them. However, through my searching I was the one who was eventually won over. 🙂

      As for advice on finding out on finding the truth and what to believe, I do recommend trying to go into this search with an objective mind and give both sides (Protestant and Catholic) a fair say. Here are a few resources from the Catholic side:

      1) You can reference and videos on various topics on https://www.catholic.com/
      2) Listen to conversion stories from former Protestants. A particularly powerful testimony is from Scott Hahn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-bz4kRtCQI

      As a former Protestant, I can say that it was not an easy journey to overcome my own biases to arrive at my decision. But now that I’m a Catholic, I can’t ever imagine going back.

      Let me know how your journey goes!


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