Jennifer Davis, 34, of Milwaukee, who was raised a Southern Baptist, joined St. Paul’s four years ago after receiving a warm welcome while helping with the wedding preparations of a sister who is a member.
“I felt welcome from the time that I walked in the door, and that was a completely different feeling,” said Davis, who likes the church’s outreach to the needy. “I like that we’re taught directly out of the Book of Common Prayer, versus someone just putting it all in their own words.”
Mary Ellen Hermann, 47, of Greendale was content in the Catholic faith of her childhood until she attended an Episcopal service with a friend while working in San Francisco. Now remarried, she was then a divorced mother with three children. The Episcopal priest, a woman, also had been a divorced mother of three.
“Somehow, she got my number, and she called and paid a visit,” Hermann said. “Within minutes, she was helping organize baby-sitting for me and really giving me a great cheerleading experience, that I could do this and everything would be fine.”
At the time, the pastor of her Catholic parish had just told her that she couldn’t walk down the aisle with her daughter for the girl’s First Communion, because she was a single mother and he wanted to emphasize the Catholic Year of the Family.
“All of sudden I found myself going to that other church,” said Hermann. “I just stayed with it because it just fit.”