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10 Notable Catholic Converts

By: John Seiler

Summary: Of the great converts to the Catholic Faith, here are 10 notable ones that should be better known.

Keywords: Catholic Converts, Notable Catholic Converts, Famous Converts, Well-Known Converts, Conversion

The following are 10 Catholic converts who led heroic lives for our faith.

1. St. Edmund Campion was a promising young scholar at Oxford University at a time when Catholics were severely persecuted in England. In 1571, Campion left for Catholic France so he could avoid persecution and convert. He became a Jesuit priest and was sent back to England to give the sacraments to the underground Catholics. He was captured, tortured and martyred 1581.

2. Johann Christian Bach was the son of the better known composer Johann Sebastian Bach. After converting, J.C. Bach wrote numerous beautiful works still performed today, including two Catholic Masses, and was a major influence on the great Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

3. Maurice Baring was an Englishman and friend of G.K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. A highly talented linguist who easily picked up new languages, Baring wrote interesting books about his travels, in particular to Russia. He joined the Royal Flying Corps and fought for the British in World War I, later writing, "Flying Corps Headquarters 1914-1918." He wrote that his conversion to the Catholic Faith in 1909 was "the only action in my life which I am quite certain I have never regretted."

4. Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, after converting, became a Catholic priest in 1904. Before dying young at 42 in 1914, he wrote 40 books, including "The Religion of the Plain Man." His best known work today is "Lord of This World," a novel about the Antichrist and End Times. He predicted world wars, including aerial bombing of cities.

5. Orestes Brownson was a nationally known American writer before becoming a Catholic in 1844. He changed the tone of apologetics for the Catholic Faith in this country from being defense, to being positive. According to the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia, "But Brownson resolved to stand erect; let his tone be firm and manly, his voice clear and distinct, his speech strong and decided. So well did he carry out this resolution, and so able and intrepid an advocate did he prove in defense of the Faith, that he merited a letter of approbation and encouragement from the Bishops of the United States assembled in Plenary Council at Baltimore, in May, 1849, and from Pope Pius IX, in April, 1854."

6. John Dryden, one of the greatest English poets, converted to the Catholic Faith in 1686. [Wiki: One of his works "celebrates his conversion to Roman Catholicism."]

7. Cardinal Henry Edward Manning converted in 1851. After being ordained a Catholic priest, his talents were recognized, and he quickly rose in positions in the church, appointed Archbishop of Westminster in 1865, and cardinal in 1875. He was highly influential and a favorite of the great Pope Pius IX. His views on social issues were taken up by the encyclical "Rerum Novarum," by the next pope, Leo XIII. Both socialism and completely uncontrolled capitalism were condemned, while private property was strongly endorsed. His book, "Sin and Its Consequences," remains in print.

8. Israel Zolli was the chief rabbi of Rome when he converted in 1945 and took the baptismal name Eugenio Maria, after the given name of Pope Pius XII, Eugenio Maria Pacelli. Zolli converted after a vision of Jesus. He strongly defended Pius XII for saving many Jews from the Holocaust.

9. Knute Rockne was the coach of the great Notre Dame football teams of the 1920's and 30's. He converted to the Catholic Faith in 1925. He is best known today for his 1928 halftime speech in a game against Army, "Win one for the Gipper." The Gipper was George Gipp, a great player who died in 1920, later played by Ronald Reagan in the 1940 film, "Knute Rockne, All American."

10. After being widowed, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton became a Catholic in 1805. Despite ongoing persecution of the Catholic faith, she established the first free Catholic school in America and a religious community, the Sisters of Charity. According to the 1911 Catholic Encyclopedia, "Against her will, and despite the fact that she had also to care for her children, Mrs. Seton was elected superior. Many joined the community; Mother Seton's daughter, Anna, died during her novitiate (12 March, 1812), but had been permitted to pronounce her vows on her death-bed. Mother Seton and the eighteen sisters made their vows on 19 July, 1813...

"Mother Seton had great facility in writing. Besides the translation of many ascetical French works (including the life of Saint Vincent de Paul, and of Mlle. Le Gras) for her community she has left copious diaries and correspondence that show a soul all on fire with the love of God and zeal for souls."

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John Seiler wrote editorials for The Orange County Register for 29 years. He now writes freelance. Email: writejohnseiler(at)gmail(dot)com


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