These writings are personal reflections on my conversion to and ensuing spiritual journey through the Catholic Church.

I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University and a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management from Yale University.

I am married and the father of one child. Though raised a Methodist in the Bible Belt and surrounded with evangelicalism as a youth, I converted to the Catholic Church prior to my marriage in 1985.

Touched deeply by the life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and imbued with a filial love for Mary, I set out on a life-long spiritual journey to “seek first” Christ’s Kingdom with Thérèse as my guide.

Eventually led to confront my inner most being on that lonely, mystical hill of Calvary, I discovered through Mary’s maternal guidance and Thérèse’s sisterly care that Jesus had called another mighty saint to walk with me and to protect me through that dark and awful night of self-confrontation that leads us in Christ to true freedom. That saint, a spiritual sister to Thérèse, was Joan of Arc.

~ Walter Emerson

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Introduction to Le Royaume

On how I became Catholic and devoted to Sts. Joan of Arc, Thérèse of Lisieux, and the French Monarchy. (My story on Substack.)

My Statement of Faith – Opening Summary

My Statement of Faith – Detailed Comments

My Statement of Faith – Concluding Remarks

“St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux are to my spirituality what wet is to water or light is to the day.”