Why I Became a Catholic: A Timeless Conversion Story

by Joseph Pope

Paperback, 2001



Call number




Call number





Originally written as a personal testimony to his own children on why he became a Catholic, this is a thoughtful and timeless conversion story of Sir Joseph Pope written during the early part of the 20th century. Born in 1854 to a family renowned for distinguished service to the Canadian government, Joseph carried on the family tradition as a highly regarded civil servant. Like St. Thomas More, Pope was held in high esteem as a public servant, and he enjoyed the total confidence of prime ministers and governors, all whom sought his advice. He was a prolific author of some two dozen books and pamphlets, including the official biographies of major Canadian historical figures. Amidst this busy public life, Sir Joseph Pope developed a profound spiritual life and a mind always hungry for eternal truth. Raised in a nominal Anglican family, his persistent and courageous search for the fullness of truth and grace finally led him home to the Catholic Church.… (more)

Local notes

Donated by the Mesward Family 2017


Ignatius Press (2001), Edition: 3rd ed., 119 pages

Original publication date



0898708079 / 9780898708073


(3 ratings; 4.3)

User reviews

LibraryThing member KarenElissa
I LOVED this book. It is a short little book written to the authors children, and later grandchildren, about why he converted to the Catholic Church. It includes a bit of history behind his conversion, the logic that lead to it, and a bit about what happened afterwards with relationships with his family and friends.

It amazed me how similar his story was to my own and to other converts I know, even with over a hundred years separating us. I would recommend it to all converts or anyone who wants a bit of an intro to what goes on in our heads.… (more)


Page: 0.1974 seconds