Year of Faith Q&A


Name:  Judi Droll
Age: 66
Residence: Davenport
Family: Husband, Robert, 73; son, R.J., 36; daughter, Leia, 32.
Parish: St. Paul the Apostle for 43-plus years.
How old were you when you became aware of your Catholic faith?
I am a convert to the Catholic faith. I was raised Lutheran and nurtured by my Southern Baptist grandmother. I felt a pull to Catholicism as a young teen, so I met with a very wise priest at St. Pat’s in Iowa City and talked with him about looking into the Catholic faith. He told me I was too young to be making such a big decision, but he encouraged me to keep it in my heart. I joined the Church after I married Bob, a man of deep faith. We attended Mass together and after about a year I began instruction with Father David Hitch. There was no RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) at that time.
How does faith impact the decisions you make?
Greatly. I like to look at and consider how my decisions impact family, community and God’s creation.

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