Retired college president discusses conversion to Catholicism
April 28, 2011
Josiah Bunting III--a Marine and Rhodes scholar who went on to serve as president of Briarcliff College and Hampden-Sydney College and superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute--discusses his conversion to Catholicism in The National Catholic Register. Bunting now serves as president of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s American Studies Center.
“I began ... through Newman, but also through much reading (not very purposive or well-organized), to be drawn to the very early Church (Paul in particular), to the Church Fathers, to the sacrifices of its first Christians, and to what I was coming to believe was the Christian communion that had sustained their creeds, their faith, their consciousness of Christ’s glory,” Bunting recounts.
“This must be the holy Catholic Church. Its creeds were dogma--immanent, unchanging, beyond cavil--and I embraced them with an overwhelming consciousness that I was called to embrace them. I had to.”