How to Start

“I got involved with Landings because I had stopped going to Mass and wanted to remember what it felt like to love going to church again. Everyone involved was so kind and welcoming, and I truly believe that the spirit of God was present in this experience. Landings was life-changing, and it helped me to find myself in the mess of college. I feel so blessed that this program has helped me find a way back.” Paige, Ohio State Newman Center, Columbus, OH

“Landings is evangelization, but not in the way I used to think of it…it made a profound difference in my life.” Matt, Austin, TX

“I was amazed at the Church’s welcoming stance when I began Landings four years ago after being away from the Church over 30 years.” Lee, St. Dominic’s Church, San Francisco, CA

From Landings Team Members

“We see a transition from the first day when returnees are very nervous about telling their story. They walk into a room where there’s a circle of chairs and a candle in the middle, and they say, “My goodness, what have I gotten myself into?” By the end of the session, they don’t want it to end because they now have a little family and friends, and they go to Mass with the people they know, growing in their faith and learning something new. We can’t think of a better way of evangelizing than through friendship and being companions on the journey with somebody and saying, ‘You know what? Nobody’s perfect, but we’re going to walk this journey together, and we need you in our parish.’ ” Anna LaNave – Catholic Digest (2012)

“Landings was a great success with much enthusiasm and satisfaction from both active and returning Catholics.” Fr. Bob Scott, St. Austin, TX

“After years of coordinating the Landings program, we have discovered this is the best process for adult education. The welcomers, as well as those returning, learn more about the Catholic faith.” Jerry, Gainesville, FL

“Through the listening and sharing of our life experience, Landings created healing opportunities and a safe place to explore our questions. This experience also helped me to recognize both the suffering and the resurrected, life-giving Christ in each of us as we looked for ways to reconcile within, with others, and with God. For me, Landings is all about gravity and grace. It is recognizing that God loves us and searches for us to give us life and life in abundance!” Ana, Columbus, OH

“Group roles are shared by the Landings team; this means that people take more responsibility for themselves and don’t develop an attitude of depending on the initiative of the leader.” Margaret, Scotland

From the Community

“What began as an outreach to inactive Catholics was actually a gift that created a stronger sense of community for the whole parish.” Coordinator, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral , San Francisco

“I had no conception of the power, grace, healing and growth that Landings offers. It has an equally strong effect on the individuals that act as welcomers…for the parish community, by promoting involvement by as many parishioners as possible over time it could have a wonderful transforming effect.” Coordinator, Sausalito, CA