Jewish Convert

Myron Moskowitz

Myron is a convert from Judaism. Becoming Catholic has been one of Myron's greatest joys in life. Myron is in his last semester of formation for the Permanent Diaconate preparing for Ordination in June. He was blessed to recently visit the Holy Land which helped prepare him even more for Ordination.

When I first received an inquiry asking if I would like to submit my conversion story I thought, “Sure”.  For me, answering why I am Catholic is a no-brainer; I read the New Testament and saw the Truth, the Light, and the Way.  The journey that led to reading the New Testament for the first time at age forty-eight was nothing short of incredible. 

I was born in the Bronx, New York to Jewish parents. My father's father and brother were Rabbis. Due to personal problems that plagued my parents my spiritual life basically consisted of attending services on the Jewish High Holy days, and that was only because the services were held in my uncle's synagogue.

In short, my childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood were a mess. I didn't care about school; I lacked respect for my teachers and others. I wasn't a bad person.  I didn't go out of my way to be disrespectful.  It was just that with the exception of my friends and relatives I didn't care for people very much. 
Somehow I made it through high school.  As a matter of fact, there was only one thing that really stood out from my first twelve years of education. It was something my eighth-grade teacher said in class one day. I had absolutely no reason to remember what he said, especially since it had no bearing on my life whatsoever. (That will come later).

My high school grades reflected my lack of effort in succeeding. That in turn limited my choice of colleges that could accept me. I was accepted at New Mexico State University. I will explain later the significance of this destination.

A few medical setbacks and more effort put into my studies eventually had me graduating from Lehman College which is a branch of City College of New York. I majored in Physical Education/Health. While at Lehman I met my children’s mother and after graduation we were married. The marriage ended after 17 years but I’m blessed with two wonderful children; a son and a daughter. I never had the opportunity to teach after graduating from Lehman and drifted into real estate property management. One promotion led to another and a switch in employers eventually led to being assigned as the manager of one of the most prestigious apartment buildings in New York City. 
I discovered that the diverse staff, the employees at the main office and the tenants who lived in the building could be the basis for a great sitcom. I wrote an outline and soon the writing bug bit me very hard. I began writing screenplays and was obsessed with it. I had this “vision” of becoming a big-time Hollywood screenwriter.

Keep in mind that at this time in my life even though I did believe there was a God, there was absolutely nothing happening in my life to demonstrate that I was a person of faith.  The best way for me to describe my religious life is to say that rigor mortis had set in. To this day I am still haunted that I once took God’s name in vain in a very serious way.

In 1987, I took a chance and became a private consultant in a special area of real estate management. It turned out to be a bad career move but ultimately a life (soul) saving move. My screenwriting passion was still burning inside me. In 1990 I married Mary, a cradle Catholic. I am going to fast forward to1998. I am now in my third job as a shipping supervisor (not exactly goal oriented positions) but something to help pay the bills, (barely) and still trying to market my screenplays.

My frustration level at not being able to sell a screenplay was at an all-time high. One night I complained to Mary, “Why do I have a God given talent if I can't sell anything?" Mary said, “Maybe He doesn’t like what you’re writing,” I was writing mostly crime drama. I asked Mary, who, “He” is, and she said, “Jesus Christ”. I reminded her that my name is Myron Moskowitz and that Jesus Christ had no bearing on my life. A few weeks later I was in another of my self-pity moods and again asked the question, “Why can't I sell anything?” This time Mary responded, “If you are going to sell anything it will be when He thinks the time is right, not you.” I must interject that this beautiful wife of mine is a pretty smart cookie. I asked her if she was referring to the same “He” as a few weeks ago. She answered “yes” and I said, “I’m the same Moskowitz.”

About a month later I said to Mary that there had to be more to life than work, a paycheck, paying bills, etc. Mary said there is and suggested that I read the Bible. I asked her, “yours or mine?” At this point I have to note that at the time I was a major ego maniac. I prided myself on having read a grand total of two books in a twenty-five-year period!  My rationale was why read something by an author who isn't as good a writer as I am. To cut to the chase, within a period of six days, I read the Bible in its entirety skimming through Numbers and Deuteronomy which seemed too much like being in school.

When I was finished reading the Bible, Mary asked me what I thought .I told her that I thought unless this was the greatest hoax perpetrated in the history of the world, you sort of had to believe. I added though that if Jesus is God, and the Father is God and Jesus died, rose from the dead and ascended to heaven and is now seated at the right hand of the Father, then Jesus was sitting next to himself. Mary explained to me that this is the Christian belief in the Trinity. One God, but three persons.  Three?  It was then that I learned of the Holy Spirit. This just wasn’t coming together for me and I could not understand the Trinity.  Keeping to her word Mary did not pressure me about the issue.

About a month later it was around midnight and I turned to Mary in bed and asked her what she wanted. Mary said that she didn’t want anything other than to go back to sleep. I insisted that she wanted something. She told me that she had no idea what I was talking about.  I told her that she clearly wanted something and asked her, "Didn't you just tap me on the shoulder?" She said,”no". It was then that I told her I was just tapped on the shoulder, THREE TIMES! She sat up and said, “How many times?” I repeated, “THREE TIMES”. She then said, “And what have you been struggling with?” We looked into each other's eyes, and I responded, "The Trinity". It was then I asked her where I could attend RCIA classes.

I received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation at the Easter Vigil on April 3, 1999. Shortly thereafter I became a team member of the parish RCIA and an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. I was “on fire”. So much so that people even asked me if I had thought about becoming a Permanent Deacon. I considered the prospect but dismissed it because I learned that I could not apply until I had been a Catholic for at least five years.

One day after hearing Fr.Corapi speak at a retreat my life took another dramatic turn.  I realized that I had to do more with my life. After much prayer I felt I was being called to teach high school students about God. In order to do that I would need to earn at least 18 credits towards the 24 credits requirement to begin teaching theology in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s secondary school system. I accomplished that in a period of nine months at St .Charles Borromeo Seminary. I was on my way so I thought with one exception. I forgot that my plans are not always God's plans. There were no positions available for new theology teachers that fall. You guessed it; I was hired to teach, Health/Physical Education. It eventually became apparent to me that I was actually able to discuss God in greater depth in this informal setting with the students then would have been possible in a theology classroom. Our talks actually seemed to have an impact on them. Finally, my screenwriting experience was paying dividends in another way; it helped me get the message across in an unexpected setting.

I have told “my story” to numerous parish groups; including an appearance on EWTN’s The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. I always say to my audience that I would be remiss if I didn't tell them what one of the professors at the Seminary taught us. Fr.Hunt would talk about the True Presence and said if you read the footnotes for John: 6:54, it reads, “this is not the classical Greek form of the word to "eat" but it refers to munching and gnawing”. You clearly cannot munch or gnaw on a symbol which brings me to a very special occurrence. 

On October 10, 2001 I was in the Adoration Chapel of my home parish (St. Ignatius of Antioch in Yardley PA. It was 2:20 AM and I was the only person in the chapel. I closed my eyes for around twenty seconds without falling asleep. When I opened my eyes there in front of the monstrance was Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He appeared in profile, wearing a long white garment with a red robe on top. On the bottom right hand side of the red robe was the Greek symbol for Christ (the Chi Rho). Jesus appeared to be 6’1” tall with shoulder-length hair. He took several steps and vanished.

Whenever I tell my conversion story I always make sure to include this because I firmly believe Jesus knows that I can never tell my story again and leave this out. His appearance to me in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I believe, was to tell others that He is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Now I am going to fast forward to January 25, 2004. After mass, Mary turned to me and asked if anything different had happened at mass. I told her I had the feeling that I should be proclaiming the Gospel. Mary said the reason she was asking me that question was because during mass as the deacon was receiving the blessing from the celebrant before proclaiming the Gospel Mary heard, “That should be Myron on the altar proclaiming the Gospel”.  If ever a call was clear this was it. We were so excited about my applying to the Permanent Diaconate. We couldn’t wait to tell the Deacon at our parish. We relayed the story to him and his response was, “It’s about time because I have been praying for nine months for you to respond to the call”. When I asked him why he felt compelled to pray for me he responded that the Holy Spirit asked him to pray for me.

Currently I am two days away from taking my oral comprehensive exam; the written comprehensive was completed five days ago.  If all goes well, I will receive the call to Diaconate Ordination for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in about two months preparing me for ordination on June 4, 2011.
Now getting back to my eight grade class. What I remembered was the phrase “In Hoc Signo Vinces (in this sign you will conquer). New Mexico State University where I began my undergraduate studies is located in Las Cruces (the crosses). and, “coincidentally” the Chi Rho cross which I saw on Jesus’ robe is the “warrior cross”. Constantine saw in a vision the Chi Rho symbol along with the words, by this sign you will conquer.

As for my aspirations to become a successful screenwriter, I am so thankful to God that I was never able to sell any screenplays. My life would have gone in a totally different direction and I would not be where I am today. These days as an installed Acolyte Mary tells me that I am at peace and happy when on the altar. I am.

God had a plan for me and He does for all of us; all we to do is open ourselves up to do His will. 

As for Mary, without her love and prayers, I would never be where I am today.

May God bless you all,
Myron Moskowitz

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24 comments

  • Comment Link Manny Wednesday, 02 February 2011 04:18 posted by Manny

    Wow, what a great story. Welcome to the Catholic Church. It would be the pinnicle of my life if I could ever see Jesus while alive. God bless.

  • Comment Link Jean Thursday, 03 February 2011 02:52 posted by Jean

    I have one question: What was it that your eighth-grade teacher said? I've read this and skimmed this twice without finding the answer.

  • Comment Link Myron Moskowitz Friday, 04 February 2011 14:15 posted by Myron Moskowitz

    Jean,

    My eighth grade teacher mentioned the phrase,"In Hoc Signes" which means,"In this sign you will conquer"

    Considering myself a warrior for Christ,this phrase obviously has a great impact on my life.

    God bless you

    Myron

  • Comment Link Judy Stefencavage Monday, 07 February 2011 16:49 posted by Judy Stefencavage

    Myron is a friend of mine, as is his wonderful wife Mary. I must include that as well as being a faithful convert who loves Jesus and Mary with a passion, Myron is also quite a humorous guy. Not as important as being a conduit of the light of Jesus Christ, humour is nevertheless important.

    God wants us to be happy and to laugh, we need not go around with our heads hanging down just because we are "otherworldly" and living and acting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    I for one am very happy for Myron. Hopefully after ordination we at St Ignatius of Antioch in Yardley Pa will have a second Deacon, Deacon Myron.

  • Comment Link Vince Paravecchia Monday, 07 February 2011 19:09 posted by Vince Paravecchia

    I too, am a friend and admirer of Myron's. I feel blessed to be in his and Mary's circle of friends. Myron always adds humour to our conversations, but is gifted in evangelizing the WORD. I will always be grateful to Our Lord and Savior for allowing Myron to come into my family's life. We love you, Myron and Mary.

  • Comment Link Domenic licastro Monday, 07 February 2011 23:04 posted by Domenic licastro

    Myron you are an inspiration. We are blessed to know you

  • Comment Link Charlie McLane Tuesday, 08 February 2011 22:02 posted by Charlie McLane

    Myron, thank you for sharing this. I had heard part of your story but not all of this (and I am sure there is much along the way you had to leave out!). It is an inspiring path God has led you along. We are blessed to have you serving among us at St. Ignatius - - with obvious joy on the altar and with a special grace in proclaiming the word in the readings at Mass.

    Congratulations on completing your preparations for ordination. May God continue to bless you in your work. And stay "on fire" as you say above!

  • Comment Link Sasha Soon Friday, 18 February 2011 02:21 posted by Sasha Soon

    Mr. Moskowitz, I am a friend of Jessica's and she passed your story on to me. I am so happy that I read it. Jessica knows how strong my faith is and I know that the same is true for her. Despite our differing beliefs, Jessica and I have been able to devlop a great relationship, so much so that she knew I would find inspiration in your story. I wish you the best of luck on your journey!

  • Comment Link Ginny Monday, 07 March 2011 14:50 posted by Ginny

    Myron: What a story! Congratulations on your upcoming ordination. Keep us in your prayers always please. Ginny

  • Comment Link Allison Fiorelli Sunday, 13 March 2011 16:13 posted by Allison Fiorelli

    Wow! Myron what an amazing story and journey. I am so inspired by your calling and answering to Christ. I feel so blessed that you and mary are walking my husband closer to Jesus Christ each week. Thank you.

  • Comment Link St Ignatius Adoration Chapel fellow adorer Monday, 04 April 2011 15:06 posted by St Ignatius Adoration Chapel fellow adorer

    JMJ
    All angels and saints of God

    PRAISED BE JESUS CHRIST! And BLESSED MOTHER AND ST JOSEPH AND ALL ANGELS AND SAINTS OF GOD!!!

    Ok Myron! Ready to exponentialize your experience with and journey with and to God?

    Have you heard of the Preparation for Total Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St Louis de Montfort? http://www.fisheaters.com

    Read along w. True Devotion to Mary, also by St Louis de Montfort.

    These books will CHANGE YOUR LIFE!!!!

    Before you begin consecration and consecrating prayers, ask God to grant you the grace to make the consecration in a manner most pleasing to Him. You can also offer the consecration prayers in proxy for family, friends, unborn, etc, etc.

    GOD BLESS YOU FUTURE DEACON MYRON MOSKOWITZ, GOD WILLING!!!!

  • Comment Link Daniel Colgan Saturday, 23 April 2011 04:11 posted by Daniel Colgan

    Myron,
    Jesus chose one of His Chosen People

  • Comment Link Delphine Sunday, 31 July 2011 01:17 posted by Delphine

    Your story is going to bless a lot of people. I sometimes go to a church called Blessed Sacrament, but not that often. But I've been kind of feeling sorry for myself lately because I'm looking for work and havent found a job yet, oh my, God does give us answers in the most interesting and mysterious ways. My mother always said, "stop having a pity party, if your life needs changing do something about it." Ok, no more pity parties for me. (She was also also a jewish convert to catholicism). Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Comment Link JM Tuesday, 20 September 2011 13:04 posted by JM

    Wonderful. Congratulations,

  • Comment Link Bill Wehnert Monday, 07 November 2011 19:04 posted by Bill Wehnert

    Myron,

    I am a revert to the Church and it was 9/11 of all things that helped to bring me home. One thing you mentioned happened to me and I wanted to share.

    One day I was at adoration and I had just finished saying the Rosary. I was looking at the monstrance and I prayed. "Lord, I believe you are there in the host, but sometimes I wonder. Please let me know for sure."

    I closed my eyes and instead of seeing the negative image of the monstrance like I normally would. I saw a man about 6' tall wearing a robe with long hair and a beard. He was holding the large host up in his hands.

    I've never doubted since.

    Thank you for your witness and answer to the call.

    Bill

  • Comment Link Corazon Wednesday, 30 November 2011 05:45 posted by Corazon

    Thank you for sharing your story. Big tears rolled down my cheeks while reading. Truly God is good!

  • Comment Link Carmelo Rodriguez Friday, 30 March 2012 04:11 posted by Carmelo Rodriguez

    It is true the Christ is present in the Eucharist when I was about 34 I went with my niece & the youth group of my Church during Mount 2000 to Baltimore I think the College was called Mt. St Mary's where I had one of two experiences like yours one of which Our Mother the Blessed Virgen Mary made her presence known to me while I was at Eucharistic Adoration, she appeared while I was in deep prayer I felt a blast of brilliant light which threw me back & as I opened my eyes to see what had happened because the force that hit me was so powerful & what I saw was a vision of the Mary floating above the youth to the left of the alter where the Monstrance was located as I saw her she had her right arm extended outward as to directing me to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist I thought I was seeing things so I would close my eyes & open them but she was still present Mary indeed points us to Christ after she disappeared I long to experience her again that weekend but it was a special gift that would repeat itself this time but with our Lord & Savior which was my second experience while I was attending a prayer meeting during Friday night Charismatic Movement It was during another Eucharistic Adoration while was in deep prayer I opened my eyes & thier was Jesus as you described walking through the isle looking straight at me , He just smiled my automatic reaction was fear that Christ would appear to me , Im not worthy I shut my eyes & opened them again & he was still thier I did this 3 times then he was gone , those experiences have marked my life in God's truth , God is truely present in His Church & wants to have a real relationship with His children , Ive been to Penticostal Churches & Seventh Day Adventist Churches & have always felt something was missing , thiers something missing!!!! its the Presence of Our Lord !!!! I felt joy in hearing your vision of Christ because though Ive kept my experience in my heart I always thought maybe I was just seeing things I wanted to see but I know I was priviledged with something far greater than the norm with Our Lord & Our Mother I never really spoke about this accept to my wife since my Priest told me to keep it silent but never explained his reasoning but I respected his opinion,May the Lord Bless you on your Journey !

  • Comment Link Josephine Benitez Tuesday, 03 April 2012 05:50 posted by Josephine Benitez

    I had the chance to visit St. Marys Church in Baltimore Maryland. Pope John Paul visited that church when he was alive. The securities including dogs went inside and checked everything to see if it's safe for him to get inside. The dogs started barking infront of the Blessed Sacrament. This proved that Jesus is really present in the Blessed Sacrament. When you see manifestations like what you have...means you have a gift of vision. It feels awesome and wonderful and makes you spiritually strong and closer to Jesus and the Blessed Mother. Keep up your faith.

  • Comment Link ferienwohnung wremen Tuesday, 22 May 2012 11:00 posted by ferienwohnung wremen

    Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Taking a few minutes
    and actual effort to produce a great article… but what can I say… I hesitate
    a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  • Comment Link Erica Tuesday, 27 May 2014 01:33 posted by Erica

    As a fellow convert from Judaism, I was very moved to read about how tenderly the Lord introduced himself to you....I can definitely relate to that. God is soooo good!!! May his mighty arm continue to carry you on your journey...

  • Comment Link Menachem Wednesday, 22 October 2014 21:26 posted by Menachem

    This indeed is as sad as Rosalind Moss's (aka Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, foundress of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel's Hope), or Bro. Bob Fishman, or David Moss.
    As a Jew, from a Chabad background, now born again I can't even begin to understand your choice, I've heard many testimonies like yours, but all we need to do is go back to Scripture and see why the saints needed Martin Luther and Menno Simmons, to reform the church!
    As a Messianic Jew, who knows the anti-Semitic events that stopped Messianic Jews worshiping the Trinity in a Jewish way (Acts 21 is proof of this), and of it were not for the reformation (despite Luther's anti-Semitism which if we look at church history was far less sever than that of the Vatican's),mwe would have great saints like Lutheran Pastor Joseph Rabinowitz who resurrected the Messianic Jewish movement and planted the first modern Messianic Jewish congregation in the 1800's.

  • Comment Link Mary Gold Sunday, 26 October 2014 01:58 posted by Mary Gold

    Menachem, contact Rosalind or David Moss they have a website Hebrew Catholics. You are not with the TRUTH where you are. Your journey is not finished
    Jesus is in the Catholic Church no where else.

  • Comment Link Roy Schoeman Sunday, 19 July 2015 13:57 posted by Roy Schoeman

    Myron, Could you email me through my website salvationisfromthejews.com ? I would love to have you on my radio show on Radio Maria to give your witness testimony if you are willing. Thanks!

  • Comment Link Chana Friday, 12 August 2016 22:21 posted by Chana

    Myron, So glad to learn of yet another fellow Jew who has come home to the One True Church!

    I grew up as an Orthodox Jew in a very frum (religious) community, but we had Catholics living there too and gradually I became interested. However, before I seriously investigated the Church, I got sidetracked into a local Baptist church and then the "messianic Jewish" movement (which is really just Jews and gentiles who are protestants, but use a lot of Jewish trappings). After a stint with the MJs, I ended up becoming a Catholic in 1978 via the traditionalist movement of the Church after I came to accept Jesus as my Messiah but wanted to find the Church He founded.

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