Five stars you may not know are Catholic

Most of the actors and actresses in entertainment today are not exactly great role models for the Christian life. But you may be surprised to know that some well-known entertainers are, in fact, practicing Catholics! Below are some actors who seek to honor God in their personal and professional lives, which can’t be easy in their industry. Please keep each one in your prayers.

mark wahlbergMark Wahlberg
Though he is now an A-list Hollywood actor, Mark Wahlberg’s life could have turned out very differently – and he credits his Catholic faith with helping him turn away from a life of gangs, drugs and violence. After serving time in jail at the age of 16 for attempted murder, the first place Wahlberg went was his parish priest, who helped him get his spiritual life in order and turn his whole life around. In an interview with The Catholic Herald last year, Wahlberg said,

“Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life. The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It takes too long!’ I’m saying: ‘It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do.’ Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day.”

 

kevin-james1Kevin James
Kevin James is well-known as the goofy Doug Heffernan from the sitcom “The King of Queens,” and has branched out into movies in recent years. What is not as well-known is that James is a Catholic family man. In an interview with CNS, he said: 

“I was born and raised Catholic and absolutely love my faith and learn more and more about it all the time. It’s nice to have that going into whatever you do, whatever part of life you take upon yourself.”

 

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Stephen Colbert
When not hosting Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report“, Stephen Colbert can be found teaching Sunday school at his local parish or headlining an event with Cardinal Timothy Dolan. On his show, he has been seen defending transubstantiation and the priesthood.  Raised Catholic, Colbert credits his mother’s faith with helping him overcome the tragedy of losing his father and two brothers to a plane crash when he was 10.  At an event with Cardinal Dolan on faith and humor, Colbert said,

“The real reason I remain a Catholic is what the Church gives me, which is love. … I love my Church, warts and all.”

 

jim gaffiganJim Gaffigan
One of the top comedians today is Jim Gaffigan, who gets most of his material from living life with his wife and five kids in New York City. Gaffigan is fairly open about the fact that he and his wife Jeannie (who he jokingly refers to as a “Shiite Catholic”) go to church each Sunday and follow the Church’s teaching regarding contraception. In an interview with Scott Simon of NPR, Gaffigan said,

“I’m Catholic, my wife is Shiite Catholic. There’s no goalie.”

 

cary elwesCary Elwes
The star of cult classics like “The Princess Bride” and “Robin Hood: Men in Tights” is also a lifelong Catholic, which helped him in his role as a young Karol Wojtyla in CBS’ “Pope John Paul II” miniseries. In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Elwes said he is “absolutely” a practicing Catholic, but he doesn’t find it difficult to practice his faith in Hollywood:

“It’s important that you remain true to your faith, especially in this crazy business. Having a rock to hold on to provides a very good feeling. It’s one I feel very grateful for.”

 

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