Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States

I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The "Titanic" Faith of Father Thomas Byles

As the great RMS Titanic was going down, Father Thomas Byles, a convert from Anglicanism, was last seen praying the rosary with Catholics and giving general absolution to Catholics, Jews and Protestants as the waters rose. Twice he was offered a place in the lifeboats but chose to continue to minster to those who would surely be entering eternity.

Father Byles and his brother William grew up Anglican, but later had such a profound realization of the truth of Catholicism, they both pursued the priesthood. Brother William eventually realized this was not his vocation  and left England for the US where he started a business and planned to marry. Father Byles was coming over on the Titanic to say the wedding mass for his brother and his bride in New York City.  Check out the story here.


Blogger Cady said...

The story of Father Thomas Byles inspired a young, Catholic, brother and sister team to create Titanic Heroes. Cady (14) and Benjamin (12) Crosby researched the story of Father Byles and wrote a book about him and his heroism on Titanic. They are dedicated to telling his story at
Cady and Benjamin donated a wreath to Father Byles for the Coast Guard’s annual memorial drop over the site of the sinking

April 17, 2012 11:52 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Thank you Cady! I will check out your book! Congratulations!

April 18, 2012 8:14 AM  
Blogger Cady said...

Thanks Mr. Rentler! :) The book is recorded on audio CD and I'm currently looking into self-publishing. It was about to be published by a company but because of the economy a freeze was put on all fiction publication.
You can get a copy at
Great blog!

April 20, 2012 2:35 PM  

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