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By Deacon Keith A Fournier

9/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

This self described advertising guy is utilizing the best quality offered by the integrated media of our age to reach real people with real hope in an age which is losing hope and is in danger of losing its soul.

I am happy to report to my readers that Catholics Come Home has produced a stunning and inspiring television series for the Eternal Word Television Network (E.W.T.N.). It began airing on Labor Day weekend. The series was filmed on location in various cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. This series will touch your heart, which, in the biblical sense, means the center of a man or woman, the place from which they make their fundamental life decisions. Episodes will air every Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST, with additional airings at 6 p.m. EST Sundays. After the series debuts in the U.S. and Canada this September, EWTN will begin airing the series internationally starting in December!

Tom Peterson, the founder and CEO of Catholics Come Home

Tom Peterson, the founder and CEO of Catholics Come Home

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By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/4/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Catholics Come Home, Tom Peterson, New Evangelization, missionary, EWTN, Eternal Word Television Network, missionary age, deacons, new evangelization, Deacon Keith Fournier


ATLANTA, GA (Catholic Online) -- It is a privilege to serve as an adviser to an apostolate which is changing millions of lives, Catholics Come Home. My readers know of my deep conviction that we are living in a new missionary age of the Church. Tom Peterson, the founder of "Catholics Come Home", and his team, are responding to this hour with extraordinary skill. 

I believe that Tom Peterson is one of the missionaries raised up by the Holy Spirit to play a special and vital role by using the integrated media as a resource for the Church and her vital missionary work.

I met Tom Peterson years ago at a Catholic Leadership Conference.  I will always remember the year because I had pneumonia and almost did not even attend because I felt horrible! One of the reasons which convinced me to make the trip was I wanted to meet the founder of Catholics Come Home.

I saw my first Catholics Come Home commercial that year and was convinced that the work of this non-profit media apostolate was going to become one of the most important resources for the work of the New Evangelization in our day. The beauty of the message and excellence of the presentation moved me deeply.

"Finally," I thought to myself, "someone is using the new integrated media with real competence and excellence to tell the real story of the greatest treasure in the whole world, the fullness of the Christian faith as found within the Catholic Church."

On the first day of the conference I found Tom in the crowd. I was brimming over with enthusiasm. I walked up to him, introduced myself, and told him that I believed the work the Lord had given to him was one of the greatest resources we had in this new missionary age.

Those who know me know that when I believe something or someone is anointed by the Holy Spirit and effective, I am blunt and right to the point. However, in retrospect, I was visibly very sick and anything but laid back in that encounter.

Fortunately, Tom was not put off by either my manner or my coughing. He was encouraged. We conversed for quite some time and connected throughout that important weekend. I had the opportunity to see their newest commercials and to hear Tom speak.

This gifted and humble man left a successful advertising career to serve the Lord and his Church in this pivotal and prophetic time in history. He is an extraordinary example of what is needed throughout the entire Catholic Church, a lay Catholic Christian who has truly encountered the Lord and is dedicated to giving Him away to others with fervor, fidelity and professional excellence.

Tom Peterson has made the New Evangelization of the Church his Life's mission. He is a man who lives to share the good news of the Christian life as it is found in its fullness within the Catholic Church. Tom, who refers to himself as an "advertising guy, simple and not a scholar" has built Catholics Come Home  into an evangelization effort which is unmatched in the Catholic Church today.

Both its expanding reach and its quality are now becoming a vital part of this new missionary age of the Catholic Church. It was said of Jesus "He does all things well". (Mk &:37)  It can also be said of His follower, Tom Peterson. 

The work of Catholics Come Home is magnificent in both content and quality. God deserves the best - and Catholics Come Home brings honor to Him and His Holy Church.

Like the little boy with the loaves and the fish in the Gospel account of the multiplication of the loaves and the fish (John 6), Tom Peterson offered what he had. He placed his array of natural and supernatural gifts in the hands of the Lord.

Now, the miracle continues through the hands of Jesus Christ, as the bread of God's Word is offered through this amazing enterprise.

This self described advertising guy is utilizing the best quality offered by the integrated media of our age to reach real people with real hope in an age which is losing hope and is in danger of losing its soul.

I again affirm what I told Tom Peterson many years ago, Catholics Come Home is one of the most important resources available for the Church in this critically important hour.

Those Dioceses which have implemented this wonderful asset in their New Evangelization efforts have reaped tremendous fruit in changed lives, sincere conversions and powerful new evangelistic outreaches. It is simply the best resource of its kind available, bar none

I had the privilege of being a lay witness to the fullness of Christianity found in the Catholic Church for many years. I am what is now called a revert to the Catholic Church. The term refers to those who returned to the Church after wandering away, for various reasons.

I returned to the Catholic Church as a young man, after discovering the early fathers of the Church, and launching myself into what would become a lifelong study of the early Church.

I never accepted the notion that one should shut his or her mind down when responding to the invitations of faith. I simply could not and would not - do so. After a teenage conversion experience, my continuing questions led me to the fullness of the beauty of the ancient but ever new Catholic Faith. I came home and as I have lived in the House I continue to find new treasures.

I will be 60 this year and the depth and beauty of the Catholic Church continue to astound me. St Josemaria Escriva once wrote that "some men, like fish, need to be caught by the head". I am one of them. My lifelong study of the Catholic faith is one of the greatest sources of joy in my life. 

I was ordained to the order of Deacon for the Catholic Church seventeen years ago. My service as a Deacon is deeply involved in the New Evangelization in the Catholic Church and my work as a constitutional lawyer and policy activist place me at the intersection of faith and culture.

I have known the joy of sharing the ancient but ever new Catholic Christian faith with many former or fallen away Catholics - and the privilege helping them find their way home. I have had the honor of helping Christians from other communities come into the full communion of the Catholic Church - and know the joy of welcoming them home.

I see my vocation as a Deacon of the Catholic Church as a missionary vocation. Deacons go from the ambo to the altar - and out into the streets of the real world - precisely to bring all men and women into the new world of the Church.

That is why I sometimes explain my vocation as living in the heart of the Church for the sake of the world. We are all called to participate in the ongoing redemptive mission of Jesus Christ, in every state in life, career and vocation.

Because of my understanding of my own personal vocation, I am always looking for quality resources to help me in the ministry in which I am engaged. Among the several "hats" I wear in this missionary life is my service as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at my parish in Southeastern Virginia. 

Catholics Come Home is one of the greatest resources available in the work of adult faith formation and new evangelization. I continue to be amazed at the quality, professionalism, beauty and excellence of their productions.

They have reached well over 40 million viewers across the US and over 1.5 million viewers worldwide.  According to census statistics published by participating dioceses, "Catholics Come Home" ads have helped more than 200,000 fallen away Catholics come home to the Catholic Church.

I am happy to report to my readers that Catholics Come Home has produced a stunning and inspiring television series for E.W.T.N. It began airing on Labor Day weekend.

The series was filmed on location in various cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. This series will touch your heart, which, in the biblical sense, means the center of a man or woman, the place from which they make their fundamental life decisions.

It will make you smile, it will make you cry, and it will make you thank God for your Catholic faith! The series is entitled "Catholics Come Home" and consists of thirteen 30-minute episodes which feature an interview with someone who recently returned to (or converted to) Jesus and the Catholic Church as a result of Catholics Come Home and responding to the call of the Holy Spirit.

Guests include former atheists, agnostics, Protestant Christians, and fallen-away - now reunited - Catholics. The series will also air engaging new evangelization segments and helpful ideas, as well as popular Catholics Come Home® evangomercials in each of the half-hour episodes.
 
Episodes will air every Thursday night at 10 p.m. EST, with additional airings at 6 p.m. EST Sundays. After the series debuts in the U.S. and Canada this September, EWTN will begin airing the series internationally starting in December!

If you don't have EWTN on your TV, watch as it streams live online at EWTN.com!  Also, you can catch Toms hour-long interview with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on his EWTN Live show, Wednesday night September 3rd at 8 p.m. EST. They will discuss the new series and new evangomercials!
 
The premier episode features Dr. Gloria Sampson, a former atheist and linguistic professor who taught in Communist China during the 1960s and 1970s. She discusses her recent return to the Church after 52 years away from God, thanks to seeing a Catholics Come Home evangomercial on TV in Vancouver, Canada.

This former atheist is now an active Catholic, who says: "All I want to do now.is evangelize!"
 
Catholics Come Home® has released an exclusive 60-second series promo in anticipation of the premier episode.

In response to Pope Saint John Paul II's proclamation, "Darkness can only be scattered by light; hatred can only be conquered by love," Catholics Come Home® is sharing stories of Christ's healing love and light, by means of this new, engaging TV series-just another one of the unique media efforts for the New Evangelization undertaken by this wonderful work.

They hope to air a second season in 2015.

You can connect with Tom and the hard working members of the team at Catholics Come Home to give them your thoughts on the episodes on Facebook and Twitter!

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Deacon Keith Fournier is Founder and Chairman of Common Good Foundation and Common Good Alliance. A married Roman Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, he and his wife Laurine have five grown children and six grandchildren, He serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Stephen, Martyr Parish in Chesapeake, VA. He is also a human rights lawyer and public policy advocate.

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