(Video) Interview with Tom Peterson – On Catholics Come Home

Catholics Come Home

Tom Peterson was a successful, award-winning advertising executive for almost three decades. But in 1997, he experienced a profound conversion at a parish retreat that set him in a new direction. He applied his advertising skills to spreading the Gospel and the result was two new media apostolates.

The first is called VirtueMedia.org, which helps promote the sanctity of life through commercials, websites, and more.

The other is the one Tom is probably best known for, Catholics Come Home. Featuring high-quality television commercials and a beautiful, dynamic website, Catholics Come Home models the New Evangelization. Dioceses and parishes across the world have used their materials to draw thousands of people back to the Church.

Here’s one of their more popular commercials:

Tom recently sat down with me to discuss his conversion, the Catholics Come Home apostolate, and how we can help inactive Catholics return to the Church.

Watch or download our interview below:

 

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Topics Discussed

1:12 – How did Catholics Come Home originate?
3:29 - Why do you lean so heavily on television commercials?
5:19 – Newest Evangomercial featuring football coach Lou Holtz
7:50 - How can parishes prepare for Catholics coming home?
10:05 - Tom’s upcoming book, Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life
 
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Excerpt

Q: When inactive Catholics come back to the Church, what are they going to find? How can parishes prepare?

 

Well first of all, they’re going to find the sacraments—the Church Jesus started and all the Sacraments he gave to feed us, to forgive us, to bring us together as a family, and ultimately to help us on our path to Heaven. So that’s what they get, and there is no second best. That’s what Jesus gave us and sacrificed his life for.

How can parishes be more welcoming? We can always do that better. Our Evangelical brothers and sisters do a particularly good job of it. The old phrase, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care” is apropos. We all can be more welcoming to those around us who are maybe there for the first time.
 


 
Follow Tom and Catholics Come Home through their website, CatholicsComeHome.org and also through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

And be sure to pre-order Tom’s new book which launched in February, Catholics Come Home: God’s Extraordinary Plan for Your Life.

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What do you like most about Catholics Come Home?

 

  • http://inspiredangela.wordpress.com/ Angela Sealana

    Brandon, God has given you the great grace of never having a boring interview! :-D Thanks again for sharing this. I look forward to hearing/seeing the fruits of Tom’s presence at our Catholic Men’s Conference in San Antonio this February.

    • http://www.brandonvogt.com/ Brandon Vogt

      Thanks, Angela! You’ll really enjoy having Tom speak. As you can see in the video, he’s very smart and very smooth. I’m sure he’d love to meet Dan (and you if you’ll be there) so encourage him to reach out.

  • Vicente Marasigan, SJ, S.T.L.

    I want very much for straying Catholics to come home. Still, I cannot ignore the prophecy made by Cardinal Ratzinger 40 years ago in his book “Faith in the Future.” Here are some excerpts:

    “Faith is being shaken to its foundation by the crisis of the present …”, says the Pope. “How great is the fascination of the future in a period when we witness history being set unusually in motion and see human possibilities beginning to develop, positively and negatively, along roads that lead we know not where.” In Faith and the Future, the Pope addresses key issues that both synergize – and can work against – a genuine and loyal Church of Christ. They are knowledge, existence, philosophy, hope of men, and the state of the Church.

    On the future of the Catholic Church, then-Fr. Ratzinger paints her scenario rather prophetically.

    From the crisis of today, Fr. Ratzinger says, the church “will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes … she will lose many of her social privileges. …As a small society, [the Church] will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members.”

    Ratzinger goes on to predict that the Church “will be a more spiritual Church, not presuming upon a political mandate… It will be hard-going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek…The process will be long and wearisome as was the road from the false progressivism on the eve of the French Revolution – when a bishop might be thought smart if he made fun of dogmas and even insinuated that the existence of God was by no means certain… But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty …”

    He wraps up his analysis with this.

    “The Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult … but the Church of faith. She may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but she will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/eileen.callejas Eileen Callejas

    The reason I really admire the work of “Catholics Come Home” is through the strength of their EPIC commercials (all 5) and how they were not only able to reach out to the “inactive” Mass-Attending Catholics, but also to those Catholics who live their faith through their calling to Missions and Ministry – depicting Mass being held in different settings, throughout the world, and highlighting the “Works of the Faithful,” indicated, for possibly the first time to me, that The Church understood ALL of her people, not just her Middle-Class Mass-Attending Catholics; but the devout pilgrims, the shut-ins and the lonely distant followers, the uniquely-abled, the scared, and the scarred, and even the ones who struggle in solidarity with them – outside and apart from tall church walls and Parish geographical boundaries. Each person’s past, present and future experience with the church is unique to their perception, time, place, and situation, and the 5 EPIC commercials artistically reflected that.

    Although the football themed ad does not resonate in the same way with me (nor was it designed to) I pray that the Parishes are WELL PREPARED for any response it may create, both positive and negative, and the emotion and challenges that it may stir is some who view it. Your task and responsibility in this case may be far greater than you even realize: (… many PTSD Soldiers, Abuse Survivors, Gay Catholics, Disabled and Elderly, Mentally and Behaviorally Disruptive, and even the socially Segregated… are also Catholic.) My own experience at outreach and ministry to these male demographics has shown that Parish-Reintegration is not as easy as meeting the spiritual needs of a “Good Catholic Family Man,” and yet these unique people are also just as Catholic, are longing for the same sense of inclusion, and deserve their Church’s welcome. As for those who may not find the support and attention they may need upon returning to a local parish, or even the support of a great DIY discovery program through a Catholic Blog/Library/Bookstore, may you both, Brandon and Tom, consider the value in collaborating with other great sources online, such as BustedHalo.com, who is doing the Church’s same work, yet in a different way.

    It has been the combined trinity of each of your tech-based efforts, and the work of many other guardian angels, that have brought me back to pronouncing my faith and works as being in service to God… and my Catholic heritage… LOL… (like it, or not!) ;-) Please be sure that in your effort to re-integrate the parishioners you desire to attract, for Mass attendance and weekly contributions, that you do not also serve to re-reject some of those who need God’s help, and the faithful’s care and attention, the very most. Please… add a few more outreach links… to shepherd the un-intended audience to their best support and resources as well. Bless you both for your great achievements in God’s service! May God continue to open your eyes, ears, and hearts to those who reach their hand back to you, in your Catholic Ministries.