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Death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, mother’s faith inspired man to become Catholic

Orlando Richardson came into the Church at the Easter Vigil, April 3, this year at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Detroit. 

But the 67-year-old convert is still going to RCIA classes, and his a desire to learn more about his new faith hasn’t waned. 

So every Wednesday, Richardson attends the online classes offered by St. Charles Borromeo and its RCIA director, Joni Scott. Richardson said the classes keep him grounded in the faith, learning more about the Church it took him a lifetime to join. 

“I wanted to become Catholic to learn more about Christ and God and the life of the Church, and I’m still learning,” Richardson told Detroit Catholic. “I’m starting from scratch, and I’m OK with that. I don’t think I’ve ‘got it all’ now, since I’ve been initiated into the Church, and I don’t want to stop there. Every Wednesday, I learn more and I can ask questions.” 

Richardson grew up on Detroit’s west side. He was baptized at Second Baptist Church in Ecorse as a baby. His mother converted to Catholicism out of a desire to see her seven children go to Catholic school and avoid a lifestyle in a neighborhood that was getting “rougher,” but Richardson had other plans. 

“She put me in Catholic school; we were raised on the west side in neighborhoods that weren’t bad, bad, but it was getting rough with gangs and stuff like that,” Richardson said. “I didn’t want to go to Catholic school, and neither did my brothers. So she let me have my way, and I went to a regular school.” 

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