“Renegade” Episcopal Rector explains why he decided to become a Catholic priest.

The Rev. David Ousley was baptized a Methodist in 1951, was ordained a priest of the Episcopal Church in 1979, and left it in 1999 for the Anglican Church in America.

And on Saturday, this 61-year-old married father of three will make one more ecclesiastical leap: he will be ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in a 11 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church in Mount Airy.

He is “swimming the Tiber,” as Anglicans call conversion to Catholicism — a reference to the river that runs through Rome — but the white-bearded Ousley will not emerge from his swim on some strange and foreign shore.

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Editor’s note: You don’t have to be a renegade to experience metanoia … a profound change of heart and subsequent spiritual conversion. Witness the power of God’s grace in the life of this man … and this man’s willingness to cooperate with that divine grace.

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