A name that pops up from time to time in my conversion retro-blog Year of Grace (yes, I know I haven’t put up a new entry for a while–patience!) is that of Fr John Fleming. Back in 1986 he was parish priest of the Anglican parish of the Good Shepherd in Adelaide, and being pestered by young Lutheran seminary students interested in learning more of the Western liturgical tradition. At that time I also knew him because of his work in bioethics, a field in which he was closely associated with my aunt and a Lutheran theologian, Pastor Daniel Overduin (one Anthony Fisher hung around in these circles too way back then). In any case, in 1987 he swam the Tiber, deeply influencing my own spiritual journey. He re-entered that journey again in 2000, and on again off again since. Now of course, he is president of Campion College, a job that keeps him so busy you need to make an appointment a year ahead to meet with him!
However, for those in Brisbane there is a treat: He is coming to you to tell his story. I should have added that it was listening to a recording of his own conversion that re-set me on my journey back at the beginning of 2000. It is a powerful story, not because it is dramatic, but because it is related by Fleming with a relentless logic and consistency. When all is said and done, there ain’t no place for someone who sets out on the path toward full submission to the Truth of Christ but the Catholic Church.
Anyway, here are the details:
Rev Dr John Fleming’s Conversion Story (May 22)
A True Practical Faith – Worth Pursuing: Chesterton once said “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”
Rev Dr John Fleming will tell his inspiring ‘conversion’ story at St. William’s on 22nd May. It is the story of a courageous transformation from Anglican to Catholic priest. Fr John is now President of Campion College in Sydney and comes with impressive credentials in philosophy, bioethics, and as an author and radio talkback host.
Fr John Fleming’s conversion will surprise us and challenge us, young and old, to value our Faith more, as a Truth which invites deeper commitment.
Thurs 22nd May, Daley Centre, 67 Dawson Parade, Keperra, 7.15 for a 7.30pm start – Gold coin donation at door appreciated