Catholic Converts

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A young woman is baptized at the 2024 Easter Vigil at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M.

Eucharist, unity, clarity: What attracts converts to the Catholic Church?

Apr 24, 2024

By Matt McDonald

Several U.S. dioceses reported 30%, 40%, 50%, and even more than 70% more adult converts who entered the Catholic Church... Read more

Bree Solstad, a young woman who previously produced and acted in the pornography industry, is among the adult converts who entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil this year on March 30, 2024.

Former porn actress embraces Catholic faith after trip to Italy that changed her life

Bree Solstad, who previously produced and acted in the pornography industry, is among the adult converts who entered the Catholic... Read more

Zubair Simonson, OFS, is a convert who was raised Muslim.

From hatred to love: Christmas reflections of a Muslim convert to Catholicism

Dec 29, 2023

By Andrés Henríquez

For Zubair Simonson, Hamas’ propaganda efforts do great harm to the Palestinian people, who end up paying the price of... Read more

A map of Nigeria.

Nigerian teen whose Christian conversion triggered death threats granted restraining order

Aug 28, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Following threats by family members, the young woman sought a restraining order against her father and brothers. Read more

The Right Rev. Richard Pain, who served as the Anglican Bishop of Monmouth, will join the Catholic Church on Sunday, July 2, 2023.

Anglican bishop from Wales will convert to Catholicism to serve as priest

Jun 14, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The Right Rev. Richard Pain, who served as the Anglican bishop of Monmouth in Wales, will join the Catholic Church... Read more

LyLena Estabine, a junior at Harvard University, is in the OCIA program at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and plans to join the Church at the Easter Vigil on April 8, 2023.

Harvard student finds her answers in the Catholic Church

Apr 2, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

LyLena Estabine is one of 32 candidates and catechumens in the OCIA program at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Cambridge,... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010

Catholic converts: ‘Benedict XVI led me into the Catholic Church’

Jan 2, 2023

By Zelda Caldwell

In the days after news spread that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was nearing the end of his life, a number... Read more

Cameron Bertuzzi, a popular Protestant YouTube host, announced online on Nov. 17, 2022, that he is in the process of converting to Catholicism.

Popular Protestant YouTube host announces decision to convert to Catholicism

Nov 17, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Cameron Bertuzzi, a popular Protestant YouTube host, announced Thursday online that he is in the process of converting to Catholicism.  Read more

Gad Elmaleh / Our Lady of Lourdes

Jewish actor converts to Catholicism: the Virgin Mary ‘is my most beautiful love’

Nov 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

The famous Jewish actor and humorist Gad Elmaleh announced his conversion to the Catholic faith, a process in which he... Read more

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman

Notre Dame head football coach Marcus Freeman joins the Catholic Church

Sep 14, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell, Jonathan Liedl

“Welcome to our newest Catholic, Marcus Freeman,” read an announcement in the Sept. 11 bulletin published by St. Pius X... Read more

Shia LaBeouf arrives for the Hollywood Film Awards on Nov. 3, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

Shia LaBeouf embraces the Catholic faith: Here's what we know

Aug 27, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

To better understand the steps necessary to enter the Catholic Church and the actor's spiritual journey, CNA spoke to a... Read more

European Court of Human Rights.

Germany denies refuge to Christian convert from Iran

Aug 12, 2022

By Madeleine Teahan

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed the case of an Iranian convert to Christianity, who is appealing his... Read more

"What's the Eucharist?" Kent Shi, a 25-year-old Harvard graduate student, asked that question when he attended eucharistic adoration for the first time. The answer put him on a path to conversion.

Finding faith at Harvard: These 5 Easter conversion stories will make your day

Apr 16, 2022

By Joe Bukuras, Shannon Mullen

This year, 31 people — 17 of whom are students at Harvard — will enter the Catholic Church at a... Read more

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has decided to change the name of the process by which individuals enter the Catholic Church.

Forget RCIA, meet OCIA: U.S. bishops approve big name change

Nov 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, or RCIA, as it has been more commonly referred to, will have its... Read more

Photo of a portrait of Mary Seacole (c.1869), by Albert Charles Challen (original held by the National Portrait Gallery in London.) Public domain.

‘It meant a great deal to her’: the Catholic faith of the woman voted ‘greatest Black Briton’

Jul 8, 2020

She was voted the “greatest Black Briton.” A statue of her stands opposite the Houses of Parliament. Her heroic life... Read more

Elise Amez-Droz (right), after her confirmation at the 2019 Easter Vigil, stands with friend Lauretta Brown. Courtesy photo.

'The Eucharist is only in this Church'- How one 2019 convert found, and embraced, the Catholic Church

Apr 11, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Elise Amez-Droz’s journey to the Catholic Church began in a place well known for religious fervor, but not exactly known... Read more

The confirmation of Ellen Rogers at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City. Courtesy photo.

Pray-At-Home: How two women were confirmed hours before NYC shut down

Apr 8, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

How two women were confirmed as the coronavirus pandemic took hold in New York City.  Read more

Ashley Stricklin celebrates with friends on the occasion of her First Holy Communion. Courtesy photo.

How Ashley Stricklin found the Catholic Church at her Baptist college

Nov 23, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

Ashley Stricklin says she had a typical Texan upbringing. She was raised a Southern Baptist in a town outside of... Read more

St. Melany Ruthenian Catholic Church, in Tucson, Arizona. Courtesy photo.

How this convert 'fell in love with Jesus' through the Byzantine Catholic Church

Oct 1, 2019

By Perry West

The scandals, she said, are opportunities to pray for Church leaders who have “fallen away, because there's so much responsibility... Read more

What’s going to bring the ‘nones’ back to the Church?

Jun 14, 2019

By Matt Hadro

As the U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore this week, primarily to vote on proposals to respond to the clergy abuse... Read more