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Oct 21 2010
1 Ernest Hemingway: American novelist, soldier and traveller 14967
2 Oscar Wilde: Irish novelist, playwright and wit (reportedly converted on his deathbed) 13911
3 John Wayne: Oscar-winning American film actor (converted shortly before his death; all his wives and children were Catholics) 12403
4 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. 11922
5 Doc Holliday: American gambler and gunfighter 11844
6 J. R. R. Tolkien: British novelist (his mother converted when he was a small child and he was re-baptized) 9357
7 Tony Blair: former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; converted Dec. 22, 2007, after stepping down as prime minister 7789
8 Anne of Cleves: Fourth wife of King Henry VIII of England. 7222
9 Charles II of England, King of Great Britain 6867
10 Newt Gingrich: American history professor, Speaker of the House of Representatives, and author 5062
11 Vincent Price: American actor, converted after marrying his third wife (actress Coral Browne, also a convert) 4778
12 James II of England: English monarch 4703
13 Bob Hope: Comedian and comic actor. 4469
14 Tennessee Williams: major American playwright and one of the prominent playwrights of the twentieth century 4233
15 Gustav Mahler: Austrian classical composer 3996
16 William Tecumseh Sherman: American soldier, businessman, and author (re-baptized as a child by his adoptive parents after he was orphaned) 3905
17 Wesley Sneijder: Dutch international footballer 3655
18 King Henry IV of France 3643
19 Peter Paul Rubens: prolific 17th-century Flemish painter, proponent of an exuberant Baroque style that emphasized movement, color, and sensuality. 3534
20 Johannes Vermeer: Dutch painter who converted in 1653 3476
21 Gary Cooper: Oscar-winning American film actor 3461
22 John von Neumann: A leading twentieth century mathematician, most well-known for contributions to game theory, the mathematical formalization of quantum mechanics, and the theory and development of computers. 3431
23 Buffalo Bill: American Old West legend (deathbed conversion) 3305
24 William Levy (actor), Cuban-American actor 3262
25 Graham Greene: British novelist 2966
26 G. K. Chesterton: English writer 2759
27 John Henry Newman: Anglican clergyman, theologian, and leader of the Anglo-Catholic Oxford Movement who converted to Roman Catholicism in the 1840s, and was later appointed Cardinal-Deacon 2738
28 Faye Dunaway: Oscar-winning American actress 2719
29 Marshall McLuhan: Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar 2568
30 List of converts to Islam 2479
31 Lars von Trier: Danish film director 2338
32 Ann Widdecombe: Conservative British politician, 1993 2117
33 Bobby Jindal: Governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana 2063
34 Laura Ingraham: American conservative talk radio host and author. 2050
35 Skanderbeg: Albanian hero 1960
36 Dave Brubeck: American jazz musician. 1842
37 Siegfried Sassoon: English poet and author 1662
38 Evelyn Waugh: British writer 1660
39 Kim Dae-jung: ex-South Korean president 1658
40 Jim Nabors: actor portraying "Gomer Pyle" and singer 1584
41 Dutch Schultz: American gangster (for his wife) 1580
42 Religious conversion 1392
43 Thomas Merton: American Trappist monk and spiritual writer 1303
44 John Dryden: English poet, literary critic, and playwright 1302
45 Jane Wyman: Oscar-winning American actress, first wife of movie star Ronald Reagan, who would become the 40th President of the United States 1289
46 Aubrey Beardsley: English illustrator, leading figure in the Aesthetic movement 1221
47 Susan Hayward: Oscar winning American actress, who converted with her second husband Eaton Chalkley 1216
48 Dorothy Day: social activist and pacifist, founder of the Catholic Worker movement. Raised nominally Episcopalian. 1203
49 Casey Jones, American railroad engineer 1173
50 Gerard Manley Hopkins: English poet and writer; Jesuit priest 1153
51 Kit Carson: American frontiersman 1136
52 James Longstreet: Confederate general turned Republican "scalawag". 1115
53 Robert Bork: Leading Constitutional Law scholar, Yale Law School professor, U.S. Solicitor General, nominated for the United States Supreme Court 947
54 Knute Rockne: football coach at the University of Notre Dame 910
55 Paul Verlaine: French poet associated with the Symbolist movement. He is considered one of the greatest representatives of the fin de siècle in international and French poetry. 847
56 Floyd Patterson: American boxer 816
57 Jacques Offenbach: composer and cellist 810
58 Robert Novak: From nominal Judaism. Leading Washington journalist, syndicated columnist, and conservative commentator. 764
59 E. Howard Hunt: American spy and novelist William F. Buckley, Jr., [link] 737
60 Elizabeth Ann Seton: foundress of the American Sisters of Charity and first U.S.-born person to be canonized. 725
61 List of people who converted to Christianity (More generalized) 706
62 Robert Lowell: American poet who converted to Catholicism in 1940 but left the Church after only a few years. 681
63 Claude McKay: African American poet and writer 671
64 Lola Falana: Dancer and actress 664
65 Alasdair MacIntyre: Scottish-born moral and political philosopher 663
66 Alice B. Toklas: lover and confidante of Jewish writer and poet Gertrude Stein 660
67 John Dowland: English composer 648
68 Sam Brownback: U.S. senator from Kansas 643
69 Eric Gill: British sculptor, typographer and engraver 623
70 Gene Wolfe: science fiction writer 610
71 Joyce Kilmer: American journalist, poet, literary critic, lecturer and editor 595
72 List of converts to Judaism 580
73 Tony Snow: Political commentator, columnist, television news anchor, radio host, and third White House Press Secretary under President George H.W. Bush 571
74 Edith Stein: Philosopher, Catholic nun; Jewish by birth, died in a concentration camp during World War II; canonized a saint (St. Teresia Benedicta of the Cross, her monastic [link] name) in 1998 by Pope John Paul II. 562
75 Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, daughter of a Mohawk warrior 558
76 Norma McCorvey: anonymous plaintiff in Roe vs Wade 558
77 Johann Christian Bach: German composer, eleventh son of Johann Sebastian Bach. 553
78 Margaret Trudeau: Wife of late former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau 550
79 Carlos Menem: President of Argentina 543
80 Clare Boothe Luce: editor, author, journalist, congresswoman, ambassador, wife of Henry Luce 538
81 Creighton Abrams: General in U.S. Army; tank commander in WWII (M1 Abrams main battle tank named after him); led U.S. forces in Vietnam from 1968-72. 497
82 Black Elk: Oglala medicine-man 469
83 Annie Dillard, renowned nature writer (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek) who converted during the early 1990s but left the Church during the 2000s. 458
84 Alfred Schnittke: Russian composer 457
85 Walker Percy: American writer 455
86 Antonia Fraser: British historian, biographer and novelist (Her parents converted when she was little) 452
87 Malcolm Muggeridge: British writer and journalist (his wife, Kitty, was received into the Church at the same time) 451
88 Ford Madox Ford: English writer, converted at age 19. 442
89 Frances Shand Kydd: mother of Diana, Princess of Wales 441
90 E. E. Evans-Pritchard: British anthropologist 440
91 Lawrence Kudlow: American supply-side economist and cable TV talk show host 436
92 Katherine Anne Porter: American writer, on and off convert 435
93 Victor Turner: British anthropologist 431
94 Muriel Spark: British novelist (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) 424
95 Johann Joachim Winckelmann: one of the founding fathers of modern archaeology 407
96 Delia Smith: British cooking expert and cookbook writer 396
97 Alfred Tarski: Polish logician and mathematician (converted for social reasons) 391
98 Nicholas Steno, Niels Stensen: Danish physician and scientist, pioneer of modern geology (Beatified by Pope John Paul II) 383
99 G. E. M. Anscombe: British analytical philosopher and theologian who introduced the term consequentialism into the English language 380
100 Malcolm Turnbull: Australian republican politician 364
101 Sigrid Undset: Norwegian novelist, Nobel Prize (1928) 359
102 Edith Sitwell: Eccentric British poet 348
103 Jacques Maritain: Neo-Thomist philosopher 346
104 Bill Veeck: American baseball team owner 346
105 Alma Reville: Actress and assistant director who was married to Alfred Hitchcock for over 50 years and worked with him on projects. 331
106 Richard Williamson: English Bishop 330
107 Nazli Sabri: Queen consort of Egypt 328
108 Margaret Radclyffe Hall: English poet and novelist]] 325
109 June Haver: American actress who considered becoming a nun after converting; became wife of Fred MacMurray 325
110 Joris-Karl Huysmans: French novelist 319
111 Lorenzo Da Ponte: Italian writer and poet (conversion from Judaism on his father's remarriage) 316
112 Princess Irene of the Netherlands: her conversion, related to her marrying a Falangist, became something of a national issue. 314
113 Binnie Barnes: British American actress, converted for her husband, Mike Frankovich 313
114 Colin Clark: British economist who later moved to Australia, one of the first to advocate the use of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) 310
115 Denise Levertov, British-American poet 293
116 Countess Constance Markiewicz (née Gore-Booth): Irish nationalist, politician and, between 1916 and 1923, a revolutionary 293
117 Graham Sutherland: English painter 284
118 Gabriel Marcel: Existentialist philosopher, converted in adulthood. 281
119 Les Murray: Australian poet and literary critic 274
120 Sir John Thompson: the fourth Prime Minister of Canada 266
121 Shusaku Endo: Japanese novelist who was baptized when his mother converted and remained Catholic 265
122 Michael Dummett: British Analytic philosopher who devised the Quota Borda system. 265
123 Tran Le Xuan: Wife of Ngo Dinh Nhu 264
124 Alfred Noyes: He wrote about his conversion to Catholicism in The Unknown God 264
125 Russell Kirk: American historian, moralist and social critic 264
126 Joshua Nkomo: Leader of Matabele tribe in Zimbabwe who helped bring about the demise of white-minority rule in then-Rhodesia. 246
127 Max Scheler: German philosopher 240
128 Deathbed conversion 235
129 Sister Nirmala: Successor to Mother Teresa as head of her worldwide order (first generation Indian of Nepalese extraction) on behalf of the poor, the Missionaries of Charity, coming from Brahminism, the highest caste of Hinduism 228
130 Lord Nicholas Windsor, son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent 225
131 Francis Arinze: Nigerian Cardinal and Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments 224
132 Mary Lou Williams: Jazz pianist 215
133 Rumer Godden: English author of children's books, novels concerning India, and books on Catholic mysticism 210
134 John Boswell: American historian, writer, educator 208
135 Beryl Bainbridge: English novelist 207
136 Peter Kreeft: an apologist for Christianity, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of many books 207
137 Eugene D. Genovese: Award-winning historian of the American South and American slavery; first Marxist president of Organization of American Historians; husband of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese 202
138 Afonso I of Kongo: African king. Although politically motivated he became quite pious 202
139 Robert F. Wagner: U.S. Senator from New York, author of Wagner Act, father of mayor of New York City 197
140 List of Catholic authors 196
141 Peter Geach: one of the foremost contemporary British philosophers 191
142 Montague Summers, author, former Church of England deacon 185
143 Peter Benenson: founder of human rights group Amnesty International 181
144 Avery Dulles: American Jesuit Theologian, Professor at Fordham University. 178
145 Ronald Knox: English theologian turned Roman Catholic priest and monsignor 175
146 Paulina Longworth: Daughter of Alice Roosevelt Longworth 171
147 Frederick Copleston: English historian of philosophy and Jesuit priest 163
148 L. Brent Bozell, Jr.: American conservative activist and writer 157
149 Frederick Hart: (1943–1999) American sculptor, best known for his public monuments and works of art in bronze, marble, and clear acrylic (a technique he coined as "sculpting with light"). Notable work - Ex Nihilo maquette, Hart's winning design for The Creation sculptures on the National Cathedral, Washington D.C. See Wikipedia for Frederick Hart. 156
150 Edward Windsor, Lord Downpatrick grandson of the Duke of Kent 154
151 Albert Hourani: Anglo-Lebanese historian and orientalist 147
152 Scott and Kimberly Hahn: Catholic apologists 146
153 Ernest Dowson: English poet 144
154 Johann Jakob Froberger: German composer and organist 142
155 Orestes Brownson: American writer 142
156 Henry Edward Manning: Widowed Anglican priest who later became a Catholic Cardinal 141
157 James Burnham: Leader of the Trotskiyite movement who later became a conservative 138
158 Allen Tate: American poet, essayist and social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress. 138
159 Tsuguharu Foujita: Japanese painter who took the name Leonardo on baptism. 138
160 Stephen Hough: British-Australian classical pianist 137
161 Curzio Malaparte: Italian journalist and writer 137
162 Italo Svevo: Italian businessman and author of novels, plays, and short stories 137
163 Michael Coren: British-Canadian writer and broadcaster 124
164 Sherman Minton: United States Supreme Court justice 123
165 Dietrich von Hildebrand: German theologian 123
166 Diana Serra Cary: Child actor (known as "Baby Peggy") from the silent era, took the name Serra from Junípero Serra 122
167 Hermann Broch: Austrian writer 122
168 Fritz Gerlich: German journalist 122
169 Magdi Allam: Egyptian-born Italian journalist and writer 118
170 Marcel Dassault: French aircraft industrialist 116
171 Basilios Bessarion: Leading fifteenth-century Greek humanist scholar. A leading Eastern bishop who worked for the reunion of Eastern and Western Churches at the Council of Florence; remained in the west and was made a Cardinal. 115

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