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List of people who converted to Catholicism

This page lists historic individuals who at some point in their lives, sometimes on their deathbeds, formally adopted the Catholic faith without having been born into it. Individuals who were baptized Catholics, but who as an adult practiced a non-Catholic faith (such as evangelical Protestant), then returned to the Roman Catholic Church are technically "reverts" and are so noted where known. As those who converted to Christianity before 1054 may have been either Orthodox, Catholic, or a mixture of both in leanings they should not be listed without sufficient justification.

List of people who converted to Catholicism




Converts who later left Catholicism

  • Rod Dreher - Conservative "Crunchy Con" columnist who converted to Catholicism from Methodism and then later converted to Eastern Orthodoxy.
  • Ammon Hennacy: Christian anarchist and activist who was Roman Catholic from 1952 to 1965. His essay On Leaving the Catholic Church concerns his formal renunciation of the religion.
  • David Kirk: Mississippi-born and reared (as a Baptist) civil rights activist who became a (Melkite) Catholic priest, but late in life converted to Eastern Orthodox Christianity
  • Halldór Laxness: Icelandic writer who converted to Catholicism in 1923, but later became disillusioned with it.
  • Robert Lowell: American poet who converted to Catholicism in 1940 but left the church after only a few years.
  • Walter M. Miller, Jr. - Science fiction author who converted in 1947 and is noted for the Catholic-themed A Canticle for Leibowitz, which is praised on the website of the Eternal Word Television Network, but later said being referred to as a Catholic was "embarrassing".
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Franco-Swiss philosopher, writer and political theorist who converted to Catholicism as a young man but later reverted to Calvinism in 1754.


External links

  • Historic Catholic Converts to Catholicism Produced by EWTN hosted by Fr. Charles Connor - Real Audio

See also

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