Their son Corey
converted to Catholicism 10 years ago - and then became a priest.Father Corey Belden will welcome his parents, along with seven other catechumens, into the Catholic Church this Easter at St. Michael in Stillwater, where he is associate pastor.
Father Belden's journey to the Catholic Church began 11 years ago when he
chaperoned a youth retreat at St. Paul in Ham Lake.At the time, he
said, faith wasn't a priority, but his
experience with the St. Paul youth group led him to consider what God might be calling him to do with his
, who had been raised an evangelical Christian, began reading about the Catholic Church's
teachings, including Karl Keating's "Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The Attack on ‘Romanism' by ‘Bible Christians.'"
"My intellect was enlightened; the light of faith went on," said Father Belden
, 32."After reading every chapter, I said to myself, ‘How could it be otherwise?' I had found the truth."
While attending RCIA classes in St. Paul, several parishioners asked him if he
had considered the priesthood.Although Father Belden
had been preparing to enter medical school, he
would pray about it.By the time he was confirmed, Father Belden had discerned that God was calling him to be a priest.He
entered St. John Vianney College Seminary
in St. Paul the next year.
also remembers when he
father from Rome, where he
was studying for the priesthood, and learned his
parents were taking classes to become Catholic."He had let the surprise out of the bottle," Father Belden
said with a smile.
"What's amazing about them coming to the faith is I've never said anything to them [about converting]," said Father Belden
always had God in his heart, so I trusted him," said Cheryl.