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There and Back Again: A Somewhat Religious Odyssey


This is a unique tale of one man’s spiritual adventure, tracing God’s unusual plan of providence from 1950s America to England and back again. Dwight Longenecker’s conversion story is a roller coaster ride through fundamentalism, Oxford, Cambridge, and the modern Catholic Church.

Brought up in an Evangelical Protestant home, he attended the fundamentalist Bob Jones University, and continued his education by studying theology at Oxford University before being ordained as an Anglican minister, serving as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge, and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.

Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Longenecker and his family were received into the Catholic Church in England. For ten years they continued to live in England where he worked as a freelance writer and charity worker. Then in 2006 the door opened to return to the United States and be ordained as a Catholic priest.

This story of one man’s amazing journey from Protestant fundamentalism through the Church of England to the Catholic priesthood offers an inspiring tale of God’s providence, and the truth that “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to his purpose.”

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Weight .6875 lbs
Dimensions 5.34 × .73 × 7.98 in

Fr. Dwight Longenecker