I often use the line “God can use a crooked stick to draw a straight line.” I’m not sure where I originally heard that, but as my faith has grown and I see miraculous conversion stories, the line is always applicable. In the next year or so, I will be covering some dramatic conversion stories on a monthly basis. This conversion story, however, is far different than any I have ever heard before. This is the story of how a house was converted from a place of pure evil to a house dedicated to God’s Work. Allow me a few moments of your time to demonstrate the Glory and Power of God Almighty.I had the good fortune of meeting brother Tommy on the Ramsey 2 unit back in 2003, or 2004. I had previously been assigned to maximum security units (my conversion is another story) I miraculously landed on Ramsey 2. The timing was just absolutely perfect. The Brothers of Saint Dismas were gaining momentum on this unit and I got inducted shortly after arriving there. It was while incarcerated on the Ramsey 2 Unit that brother Tommy and the BSD brothers came up with the idea for C.R.I.S.P. (Catholic Reintegration Into Society Program) and the concept of a monastic style faith based community for released convicts began to take form. This too will be detailed in a later story. I just want to demonstrate herein how the conversion of the house began with incarcerated men, in a Texas Prison. Tommy was released in 2007 and immediately began his endeavors to find property that could be used for the Faith Based Community. He was learning and moving forward as he tried and tried again. In the upcoming months you will be able to read our individual stories and see how God Himself guided our steps and against all reason or understanding; how He brought us all together to do His Will. Since this is the conversion story of the house, I will fast forward, leaving you with the opportunity to see the puzzle pieces be placed together by God Himself as you read our individual stories. For several years, the house at 11315 Forrest Valley Dr was a “Rent House” and this house was being used by the people paying rent, to sell drugs. Drugs were sold and used on this property and all the evil, lawlessness and sin associated with the sell and use of meth and other drugs were taking place. The police would raid the place and take the people to jail and the landowner would loose money while searching for another renter. And the cycle would begin again. In mid to late 2018 a big police raid occurred and the landowner had had enough. A person I will call “A.D.” for Anonymous Donor bought the property and decided to donate it to the Brothers of Saint Dismas. The Brothers of Saint Dismas and many volunteers from Saint Maximillian Kolbe Catholic Church conduct several retreats to the prisons throughout the year, and initially the thought was to flip the house and use the profit to assist these volunteers who normally have to come out of pocket to make these retreats happen. The voice of Brother Tommy and the heart of Deacon Denny prevailed, and the house was blessed, and the decision was made to make this house the location for the monastic style Faith Based Community for ex-convicts. A lot of back breaking labor went into making the former drug house a suitable place for men to live. On Jan 6, 2019 the former dope house was approved by the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles to house newly released convicts and Kolbe House, a Faith Based Monastic Style living program to reintegrate men newly released from prison into society was born. Going on 2 years now, we have 6 men living at Kolbe House. The Houston BSD meetings are conducted there, and these men live for God and His Church. Their entire structure is patterned after a working monastery. They read Scripture, pray together, go out and work, volunteer their extra time, and then pray together some more. God often uses a crooked stick to draw a straight line.