It might surprise you, but Catholicism in Hollywood is not as rare as you think.
Here are five celebrities that have spoken openly about their Faith you probably don’t know about!
Bill Murray Murray and his eight siblings were raised in a Roman Catholic Irish-American family. Three of his siblings, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are also actors. One of his sisters, Sr. Nancy Murray, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan, who has traveled the United States in a one-woman program, portraying St. Catherine of Siena.
In one interview, Murray talked about his love of the Traditional Catholic Mass, saying: “I tend to disagree with what they call the new mass. I think we lost something by losing the Latin. Now if you go to a Catholic mass even just in Harlem it can be in Spanish, it can be in Ethiopian, it can be in any number of languages. The shape of it, the pictures, are the same but the words aren’t the same.”
He continued by saying: And I really miss the music – the power of it, y’know? Yikes! Sacred music has an effect on your brain.” Instead, he continued, the music you hear at Mass is “folk songs … top 40 stuff … oh, brother…”
Mark Wahlberg is a former drug user and gang member, sent to jail at the young age of 16 for attempted murder. In prison he resolved to change his ways and contacted his parish priest for help. Stumbling in his faith journey as a young adult, today he says “being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.” He starts every day with prayer, Scripture, and daily mass. When his wife Rhea saw how deep his devotion was, she personally converted to Catholicism.
“Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life. I start my day, every day, by getting on my hands and my knees and starting a time of prayer and reading, reading Scripture. Then I feel like I can go out there and conquer the world or at least do my job and give back because I’ve been blessed so much.”
You might think a man who starred in Evan Almighty isn’t a practicing Catholic, but Steve Carrell was raised in the Church and remains faithful to this day. Through the filming process of the movie, he drew heavily upon his faith and asked God for guidance and to watch over his family.
“I’m Catholic born and bred. I hope that God gives me guidance and that he directs me to make good choices, and that he helps me with my family.”
Gwen Stefani was raised in a devout Catholic family, and is open about her Faith publicly. When she was first trying for a child with No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal, she said “all I ever did was look at Tony and pray that God would let me have a baby with him.” The talented singer believes her oldest son Kingston has a “direct link to God,” because she miraculously became pregnant after he prayed “Dear God, please let my mom have a baby. Please God! Please let my mom have a baby,” for four weeks.
Martin Sheen was raised by devout Catholic parents who emphasized family rosary nights. As a young adult, Sheen left the Church and lapsed in his faith, but returned again in his middle age. Sheen is vocally pro-life, especially since his wife was conceived as the result of a rape. He is also very devoted to praying the rosary, saying
“I’m very fond of the rosary. It has great meaning in my life. I’ve become known as ‘The Rosary Dispenser’ because I leave rosaries wherever I go. All the vehicles that everyone in my family drives have a blessed rosary on the rear view mirror. Our tour bus has one as well. I wouldn’t leave home without it.”
Born Ramón Gerard Antonio Estévez, Sheen adopted his stage name in honor of Venerable Fulton Sheen who he greatly admired and even had the chance to meet.