My Wife and I

My name is Steven, and I am a Jewish/Protestant convert to Catholicism. My wife and I were received into the Catholic Church on Thursday June 4th, 2009, by Msgr. Thomas Welbers at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in Claremont, CA. The function of this blog is to provide an outlet for my interests in theological discipline and ecumenical dialogue. Being that I am a Catholic of the Israelite variety, or rather Hebrew Catholic, I am particularly interested in the all-encompassing fulfillment that Catholicism makes for Judaism. Through this lens, “SH’MUEL” — the title of this blog, which is also my Hebrew name (Samuel) — is a way for me to articulate how I and many have perceived the Divine Love made manifest in the Catholic Church. Please feel free to search through what I have written and comment as you please.

Religion clean and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation and to keep one’s self unspotted from this world.

-St. James the Brother of our Lord (James 1:27)

On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love… Love will be our eternal life.

-St. Edith Stein (Sister Theresa Benedicta of the Cross)

Dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!


4 Responses to “So, What’s a “Sh’muel” Anyway?”

  1. helen Says:

    I am Greek Orthodox and I like the icons you use in your blog. very nice. may our Lord Jesus Christ bless you and your wife. you’re a gorgeous couple.

  2. Ariel Says:

    shalom Shmuel,
    I just discovered your blog. Congratulations, it is beautiful and full of interesting content. I am the administrator of ‘Catholics for Israel’ ( Would you be interested in publishing your testimony on our website? Please be in touch and email me.

    1. Sh'muel Says:

      Shalom Ariel! I would love to publish my testimony. I will email you as soon as I can.

      In the peace of Messiah,


  3. cinhosa Says:

    One of the most interesting facts I learned in RCIA is that the heritage I inherited and accepted upon my conversion is one of Judaism. As Archbishop Charles Chaput said frequently: “our Jewish brothers and sisters”.

    Congratulations on your conversion! I hope that you have a blessed marriage and that you will cherish you wife as Jesus cherishes us in his Church.

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