As you can see from my profile, I want to convert to the Catholic Church. However I’m afraid that my circumstances don’t feel too good. Let me give you an overview, why.
I my parents are Anglican and Lutheran, as were my grandparents. I am Anglican too, and our family has been rooted for many many years (decades in fact) in one of the oldest Anglican churches off British territory. We’re associated with the parish and have a personal connection to it.
My mum is kind of opposed to the Catholic Church, though I don’t know why. She’s not bashing her, it just seems she has a dislike for the Church.
Now, I am about to start a year of voluntary work at the parish, starting in September. I’m looking forward to that, in hope of the possibility to gain some influence. (As I have the feeling the parish is heading for a too modern course, which I don’t like.) However, I would be very uncomfortable to convert while I am working there, and in general I feel I’m in difficult circumstances because of our “heritage”. The priest seems to have quite an opposition to the Catholic Church too, saying things like: “Catholics are always told what miserable sinners they are.” That was the response I received when I told him about my visit to Mass in Rome.
Now, I’m looking for help and advice. Maybe anybody of you was a convert, possibly from Anglicanism, having encountered this type of situation? Any things I could say to any of the mentioned people? Reccommendations on how I might want to proceed?
I’m grateful for any help you can offer.