About gosh ten years ago... I went to Seminary right out of college because I wanted to be a missionary. I was raised Pentecostal/Charismatic went through a period in high school where I believed nothing. Came back freshman year of college but because well I didn't have any Pentecostal groups in college, I went to a Methodist college group.. (I also attended a Christian church for regular services and volunteered at a Presbyterian Church! All while proudly calling myself a Pentecostal...)... I decided to go to a Pentecostal Seminary because I felt my time in ecumenical heaven, I decided maybe I need to learn more about what I actually was. Well I pretty much came out of Seminary after two years a Catholic...(I did attend a Catholic high school for two years).. It shocked quite a lot of people, and heck it shocked myself...I wasn't even really looking to be anything more than what I wanted to be but I could just no longer accept Protestantism as a movement... It was also realizing that there wasn't a single Protestant Church that I agreed with 100%... So it was either I could build my own Church based on what I thought things should be... Or I could maybe start asking some questions about my basis..... I really do think it was my ecumenical experience in college that really paved that road. It was a difficult choice and for a moment I did ask God if I could just be Methodist a good middle road between Catholicism and Pentecostalism... But after some prayer decided I'd go the whole route! I must say that in terms of Catholicism, the biggest thing I got out of Catholicism isn't the Pope... It isn't really Tradition. The biggest thing I got from it is the Eucharist (which weirdly enough was the big thing that made me reject the whole concept of Sola Scriptura). With the Eucharist I get an intense personal encounter and oneness with God. I did experience God as a Protestant...But I never had that Eucharist experience because well I just didn't believe in it.... Part of saying we agree on essentials is nobody really can agree on what essentials is. For example for Catholics/Orthodox/Oriental Orthodox. The Eucharist is the very center of our faith... The whole I'm going to be a Catholic was a tough things as well a woman who went ahead with all of this seminary debt! And I actually struggled some with Catholicism too because Catholicism is much stricter. However now I am just focusing more on my relationship with God....And slowly the career thing is working out too. But in a lot of ways theologically I still know more about Protestantism than Catholicism.....In a lot of areas though my beliefs didn't change that much. (scarily enough which is why I don't feel Catholicism restricts my relationship with God).