Edgar Allan Poe is known for horror and suspense, but he showed an understanding of Catholicism in some works, and wrote a lovely poem to the Blessed Mother
Episodes about "laity"
Doc Holliday, friend of Wyatt Earp, went to the wild west due to tuberculosis. Years after the shootout at the OK Corral, he became Catholic before his death.
Mark Twain considered Joan of Arc his best, and his favorite work. Twain was anti-Catholic, but found in Joan what he regarded as the greatest person ever to live.
Andre Cailloux, a black Catholic in antebellum New Orleans, became one of the first black officers in the Union Army, and died heroically during the attack on Port Hudson.
Long before The Sound of Music, Maria von Trapp was the driving force behind the Trapp Family Singers. Her life was more interesting than the musical suggests.
Gary Cooper was one of the great hollywood actors of all time. But his womanizing ways were a problem until a late in life conversion.
Ponce de Leon landed on the coast of Florida in April 1513, and the first Mass was offered. Because it was Holy Week he named the land “La Florida.”
Roger Maris was New York Yankee who broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. He was a quiet, hard-working Catholic who cared for teammates and family.
Jack Kerouac was the co-founder of the Beat Generation and author of “On the Road,” published in 1957. His entire life was a seeking for God, whom he found.