Father Donald Calloway's Conversion Story

From Drug Addicted Pagan To A Priest Of Mercy!

Heroine, cocaine, opium, marijuana, excessive alcohol, not to mention hallucinogenic drugs like mushrooms (psilocybin) and LSD – he consumed most of these before the age of 18, many before he turned 14, the addictions growing stronger as the existential emptiness deepened. What sounds like an introduction to a Hunter S. Thompson novel actually constitutes the autobiography of a Catholic priest. Fr. Donald Calloway of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception retells his dramatic and heart-wrenching life story in No Turning Back: A Witness to Mercy.

As a destructive youth, Calloway spent his adolescence succumbing to temptations large and small, from sins of the flesh with constant promiscuity, to crimes against the law with thousands of dollars of grand theft in stolen merchandise, as well as nightly partying with friends consuming all forms of drugs and addictives while listening to heavy-metal music.

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36 comments to Father Donald Calloway’s Conversion Story:

  • John Van Heeswyk

    John van Heeswyk Canada

    Father Calloway….Would you be coming to …Canada..

    Would love to see and hear you in Person..

    You are so blessed…And we are Blessed to have you!!

    Merry Christmas Father….:)

  • John Van Heeswyk

    Father Calloway

    You are awesome!!

  • Diane Gagner

    James: Upon this rock I will build my church? An infallible pope as Peter’s successor who holds the keys to heaven as vicar of Christ?? Catholics think Peter was the first pope, the rock on which the one true church was built….and all who have followed in that office, no matter how violent or fraudulent their acquisition thereof nor how evil their deeds, have been successors. Christ would not make the very foundation of His church come from a sinful man. Peter denied Christ 3 times and Christ gave him a stern rebuke, “Get behind me Satan.” Peter de Rosa acknowledges that his own Catholic Church was responsible for persecuting Jews, for the Inquisition, for slaughtering heretics by the thousand, for reintroducing torture into Europe as part of the judicial process. In conclusion? I do not follow the words of any pope, past or future…. for Rome has a different Gospel. I do not kneel to dead statues that can not hear you. Praying to anyone or anything else is idol worship and you open up demonic doors by doing so. We don’t pray to the dead. God warned Israel over and over, No Idol worship. God will not share His glory with anyone.

    • Jim

      Diane does not understand Catholic teaching as evidenced by her false statements about the faith. It is always amusing when non-Catholics try to tell us about a faith that they do not practice and do not understand.


    Please tell me how I can buy the CD A RADICAL CONVERSION STORY?

  • Raphael Fonseca

    I’ve ever since been touched by ur preaching I’ve felt the touched by Jesus, As u know I’ve a stroke n i’ve fallen 3 times, In stroke one cannot walk talk or balance. God has Mercy on me. You want believe it, but it true that Jesus took care to see that can walk, talk n balance. He has come to help me When i went to church he has come to me in the form of a Girl, a man or any body to see that i reach in the church in time. I m thankful to him for all the favours granted to me. he has even taken me to Confession regularly. Now i walk along long distances. Thank u Lord Jesus Praise u Jesus Alleluia Amen Amen Amen,

  • Gigi

    This conversion story has touched me to the core! May I ask Fr Calloway to also pray and if possible help Fr Corapi…? His conversion story is touching but we do not know how he is now…May God’s mother continue watching over him! May we also pray for him and others who need His Mercy more and our help through the Communion of saints…

  • Carmelita S. Garsin

    Dear Fr Calloway
    Your conversion is an amazing story. It is a story of courage, mystery and the great love of God together with the Blessed Mother, mary. I first encountered your conversion story in the program the Journey Home with Marcos Grodi, then at the program Women of Grace, promoting your book. I will try too see your books when I get to the state next month. May God bless you always.

  • Carmelita S. Garsin

    Dear Fr Calloway,
    It was in 2013 in Canada that I heard your conversion story at the EWTN Journey Home with Marcos Grodi, Since then, I always share with my friends your amazing story of conversion and your love for the Blessed Mother. After four years, I saw you again at the program Woman of Grace. I can never forget , how your look like and my encounter of you at the Journey home flashed into my mind. I will share your story with my friends here in the Philippines. It is a beautiful and amazing story of conversion and the proof of the great love of Mary, the Blessed Mother for us and a proof that she is leading us to her Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I will try to look for your books when I get to the states next month. I hope and pray that may the good Lord and the Blessed Mother inspire more young people to become good priest. We need a lot of good priest.May the good Lord Bless you always.

  • raphael fonseca

    i ve just now seen the disk of “no turning back” i m exited about it & definitenately going to by it father thanks so much.

  • raphael fonseca

    thank you so much for publishing my letter.

  • Paul

    Very inspirational; thank you for this uplifting testimony from a true man of God

    God bless


  • Ryan Janelle Salvacion

    It was a very beautiful conversion story. The life of fr. Calloway is just one of the many proofs that with the Blessed Mother nothing is impossible. I pray that more people will be converted by the Immaculate Heat of Mary.

  • Jannie

    Father, my 18 year old grandson has been using drugs and dropped out of school. He is a very angry young man after having lived with an untreated Bipolar mother. After hearing your story, I have hope for him and am now not only praying for his conversion but that our Lord would call him to the priesthood. Thank you for being willing to share your life with us.

  • Marilyn

    Father Calloway,

    Hi, I am the mother of an addicted son, he is in prison for the third time for drugs and related crimes. I have read about your conversion and I was wondering if you could ever write him of your conversion or anything you think might help him. He says he has been reading the bible and going to bible studies. I am praying for a miracle that he will be completely healed of his addiction. Thank you for your time. Thank You, Marilyn

  • Vicki

    I truly was amazed by the story of your conversion. You are truly blessed.

  • raphael Fonseca

    fr Donald calloway,
    I m very touched by your convertion story & your love for the Holy Rosary that I’ve changed. I must say a big thank you. I’ve kept all your talks on my mobile so that I can show my friends.
    I m Raphael Fonseca from Mumbai,INDIA, nearing 60 but then I got a stroke in March 20 2006. I fell down in 2007 & broke my hip bone then i went 2nd opinion & did it again in 2009. I went to see my daughter in 2013 in Canada & had a fatal fall & broke my thigh bone (Fimer). & now i m handicap but fine Praise the lord.He has made me walk,talk & balance myself. I was bad like U were in the youth. but now i m fine. where ever i go people readily help me.Now i m again going abroad Australia Sydney, this my 4th trip Please pray for me that i might have a nice trip. I tell people of your stories Lord of Mercy, how the Lord had Mercy & made u a Priest.These r wonderful things what God has done for u & ur whole family.Amen.

  • Kathy

    You were inspiring in interview at Atlanta congress with Jen Fulwhiler! Keep up your good work, Jesus is leading you like he led St. Paul!



  • Patti Smith

    Dear Fr. Calloway.

    I just returned from a pilgrimage to Lourde with as a Dame of Malta.
    While on the trip a new friend spoke to you. II have a son, Thayer, in an extended drug rehab program and would very much like to bring my son up to meet you.
    Before his entry into the drug world he was a wonderful boy. He had even gone on two pilgrimages to Lourde and loved them. He moved to the dark side
    after the tragic death of his six years older sister from a tragic car accident. I ask for your help, please.
    Thank you.
    Patti Smith



  • Mark Henson

    Father Calloway, I heard you speak in San Antonio (wow!) and was inspired by your enthusiasm for the Blessed Mother. Your story is dark. Thanks to God you have seen the light. Please know that you are in my prayers for you to continue on your quest to find lost sheep and convert souls to the one true Catholic church & faith. I would be interested in your new book on Man’s sword and shield of the Most Holy Rosary.

    For God, for brother, for beauty!

    Mark Henson

  • Anthony Van Goethem

    Your talk about Mary at the CMC in San Antonio last Saturday was the most powerful one I have ever heard. I want to get a copy of your book on the Rosary when it comes out. Please let me know how. Thanks.

  • David Hughes

    Father Calloway, I heard your your talks in San Antonio, TX this past Saturday and would like to give thanks to God for Men of God like yourself. May God bless you and cover you with his blood always. I would like to order a copy of your book that is coming out in August. Please put my name down, I believe your book is about the Holy Rosary. Thank you Father.

  • Ernest Ramirez

    I would like to purchase your book, please tell me how. Thank you

  • Kathleen Votaw

    I would like to know Father Donald H. Callaway schedule for his time here in southern California. We were unable to see him at Holy Family Catholic Church in Artesia California. It is fully booked for this coming Saturday. Thank you very much.

  • Ann Filutze

    Fr. Calloway’s life and testimony is similar to that of Fr. John Corappi. What happened to Fr. Corappi? He is no longer preaching on EWTN.

  • john quinn

    I first listened to the story of Father Donald on a DVD on a coach during on a pilgrimage. It was so inspirational and brought tears to my eyes too. I was so encouraged by it and it has changed my life and increased my devotion to Mother Mary. God bless you Father Donald and I trust your story also inspires Catholic priests across the world.

    John Q


    Great name John! Just to be clear, this is not the same John Quinn associated with Courageous Priest.

    God bless,
    John Quinn

  • Colleen Nitschke

    After listening to Fr. Donald Calloway, I was so moved, it brought me to tears, I’m a Catholic coming home after many years, I have listened to many conversion stories, yours touched me the most, as you are very real and inspiritional. My hopes are to personally meet you one day or be able to come to a seminar. I will share your story with many. You are my inspiration, you are amazing. Most Sincerely, Colleen

  • jim guzdzial

    Father Don, would you be interested in speaking at a charismatic mass or day of renewal in Flint, MI
    thanks, Jim

  • Hector Carrasco

    Father Calloway I love your story cause it coincides with
    my story, YES, I also went through a heavy drug use
    five times to Texas Prisons and finally suffered a head injury
    but through my deep devotion to Our Heavenly Mother by reciting the Rosary every night for the past 3 years and the
    night of my injury which happened in jail, I do believe that I can say I have seen the Glory of My Good Lord through the
    intercession of my Heavenly Mother

  • […] Father Donald Calloway’s Conversion Story: « Courageous PriestAs a destructive youth, Calloway spent his adolescence succumbing to temptations large and small, from sins of the flesh with constant promiscuity, to crimes against the law with thousands of dollars of grand theft in stolen merchandise, as well as nightly … To continue reading Father Calloway’s conversion story, […]

  • Ann Bond

    Wow! There’s hope for us all! God bless you, Father Calloway.

  • kristinesweeney

    I was looking to see if Father had a website and I came across this article. I loved it. Thank you for putting it out there. It caused me to have joy, hope, and to be thankful of the Lord’s mercies working in my life and to appreciate again what He has done for me in the past. It also made me want to spend quality time with Our Blessed Mother befor going to bed tonight.

    Peace be with you,

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