Jehovah’s Witnesses face gunfire at ‘Catholic home’

File this under how not to handle the evangelist at your door. Engage them. Debate them, say no thanks. But be nice. Handle with Christian love and care.

I have no words:

Rhonda Kalapach believes Jehovah’s Witnesses have no place on her property.

When two of them came to her door, the 60-year-old Monroe County woman asked them to leave. Her husband saw the women from across the street and yelled at them, but they didn’t go.

That’s when her husband, William George Kalapach, came into the home and got his rifle. The women were walking to the car where three other people were waiting, when Kalapach said they weren’t moving fast enough, police said.

Police said he fired four shots into the ground about 11 a.m. Saturday near the car with all five people inside. He is now in county prison, charged with aggravated assault and related charges.

“This is a Catholic home,” Rhonda Kalapach said. “This is a devout home.”

She said the evangelists ignored repeated demands from her and her husband to leave, forcing her husband to react the way he did.

They were at her door about five to 10 minutes before shots rang out, Rhonda Kalapach said.

“I kept telling them this was a Catholic home,” she said. “They were trying to convert me.”  You can read the whole sordid tale here.

 It is never good when people self identify as devout.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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5 Responses to Jehovah’s Witnesses face gunfire at ‘Catholic home’

  1. Susan Swehla says:

    When you have friends like that, who needs enemies? Why not be charitable and invite them in for a cup of coffee or other refreshment? That’s what I do. My youngest son’s 1st grade teacher was a Jehovah Witness. She was the best school teacher ever! We loved her. She believed in her vocation as a teacher and it showed. We ran into her at the Farmer’s Mkt. last year and had a joyous reunion. We have prayed for her conversion to this day.


  2. Thank you, Susan. I like not getting shot at.

    Though, having said that, it is good not to overstay, and do ones best to read people. Hard to say what was the case without being there.


  3. LeAnn says:

    This is a sad story. It is not the way to convert or to show your faith. I have had Jehovah’s Witness come to my door. We have great conversation. I invite them in and try to serve coffee or tea. They always refuse the offer. They give me literature. I gave them my Catholic bible (we had 4 in the house). Actually once I resorted to that they have not come back. But I evangelized in the most loving way.


  4. Susan Kehoe says:

    God Bless,


  5. They overreacted quite a bit.


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