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Virgin Mary played key role in author’s conversion

11/15/2019 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. By the time he was 30 years old, Roy Schoeman was a marketing professor at one of the world’s most prestigious universities — Harvard Business School. But it was precisely when he was at the height of his career that God chose to reveal himself to Schoeman, thereby changing the trajectory of his life.

“I found myself a new-minted professor of marketing (at Harvard Business School) at age 29, but that is when the bottom fell out of my world,” Schoeman said during his talk on Oct. 13 during the annual diocesan Rosary Rally at Holy Apostles Church.

“Here I was, already more successful than I expected to be, but there was still no meaning to life as far as I could tell. I fell into the worst despair of my life.”

Schoeman was raised in a devout Jewish family but became an atheist while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he said.

“I absorbed the pseudo-scientific myth that you would actually have to be ignorant and superstitious to really believe in God,” he said. “I thought we were just a chemical accident.”

But one morning while on a walk in nature, Schoeman had a deep supernatural experience of God.

“I was walking along, lost in my thoughts, when the curtain between earth and heaven disappeared and I found myself in the presence of God, seeing my life as I would see it after I died,” Schoeman said. “The most profoundly moving aspect of this experience was coming into the knowledge that God himself — the God who created everything — not only knew about everything that happened to me, but knew and cared about how I felt every moment of existence. Coming into that knowledge completely turned my life upside down.”

That transformative experience set Schoeman on a quest to find the religion he should practice, he said.

“I went back to Cambridge happier than I had ever been,” he said. “But I didn’t know who this God was and what religion to follow, which was at this point all I cared about.”

Schoeman was led to convert to Catholicism after a second mystical encounter — this time with the Blessed Virgin Mary.

“A year after that first experience, I went to sleep and thought I was awakened by hand and led to a room where there was the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Schoeman said, adding that he now realizes he was asleep the entire time.

“When I found myself in her presence, all I wanted to do was throw myself on my knees. The purity and intensity of the love that flowed from her. When she spoke, this incredibly beautiful voice flowed through me; the only way I can describe it is to say that her voice was composed of that which makes music, music,” he said.

Schoeman currently lives and teaches at Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida. He is also an instructor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. He hosts a week radio show on Radio Maria, and has published several books, including “Salvation is From the Jews” and “Honey from the Rock.” He also leads pilgrimages to Israel.

For more information on Schoeman, visit his website,

A full recording of the Rosary Rally can be viewed at or by searching for The Colorado Catholic Herald channel on YouTube.

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