Briahna Guevara
Briahna Guevara
COTTAGE GROVE — Briahna Guevara was never baptized, nor was she from a particularly religious family. Her dad attended a Baptist church and took her along when she was 9.

“That’s as religious as my family gets,” said Guevera.

But that Baptist church was where Guevara’s conversion experience began. She wanted to know more about Christianity. She convinced her mom to give her a Bible. When she got to eighth grade, her parents told her that they were able to send her to Marist Catholic High School in nearby Eugene.

“I took it as an opportunity to learn more about my faith,” said Guevara, who is now a senior at Marist.

Faith at the Baptist church she attended as a child was primarily focused on Scripture. But while taking theology classes at Marist, Guevara was introduced to the Catholic Church’s 2,000 years of tradition and history.

“They taught that we’re both body and spirit, so we need to physically worship,” recalled the youth. “The more I learned, the more it made sense.”

It wasn’t long before Guevara was eager to become baptized in the Catholic Church. A theology teacher mentioned the parish in Guevara’s hometown of Cottage Grove, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. So the teen contacted the parish and began Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.

Guevara’s parents have been supportive of her decision to join the church.

“They ask questions and we have discussions,” she said.

Guevara was welcomed into the church during the Easter Vigil at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.