Adult twins raised Anglican become Catholic at Concord

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Twin sisters Lisa Ryan and Joanne Arnold are received into the Church at St Ambrose’s, Concord West, at this year’s Easter Vigil.
Twin sisters Lisa Ryan and Joanne Arnold are received into the Church at St Ambrose’s, Concord West, at this year’s Easter Vigil.

We actively went to church and Sunday school every Sunday and learned religion as part of our schooling. But after this it fell away as life took over. We both got married and then had a daughter each at the same time.

My sister and I started to look at our beliefs and religion a bit differently. We wanted to renew our understanding so we were in a better position to bring up our little girls.

My husband, being Catholic, was very passionate about my daughter being brought up this way, including schooling.

So, after talking to my sister Joanne, we decided that the best way to re-engage with our faith and assist our daughters in their religious and spiritual upbringing was to enter the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) journey and make a full commitment to the Catholic faith.

Sr Judith Clark facilitated the RCIA process for St Ambrose parish, Concord West, and the whole process was so enlightening and welcoming. Each week our faith grew and deepened due to an ever-increasing understanding of the Catholic faith.

The parish community was very accepting and Fr Brian (Egan) very patient and available at all times to assist us in our journey.

It has made us see life a little differently and our relationship with God a lot stronger. Now, we are happy that our families can all attend Sunday Mass together and we feel like we totally belong.