About Glen Allen

Glen was reared a Methodist, in the projects in Milwaukee, one of 10 children. At 13, he was sent to a Jesuit boarding school but he wasn’t interested and did not learn the Catholic faith. From his experiences in school, he came to dislike white people and the Catholic Church. In college, he met his future wife, Elaine, who was a Baptist preacher’s kid. After they were married, Glen became a Baptist, and his father-in-law invited him to enter into the ministry, as an associate pastor. His studies in theology unwittingly began his journey to the Catholic faith. His wife was adamantly opposed to his interest in the Catholic Church, but through grace and patience, she eventually also became open to the fullness of the faith in the Catholic Church.

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