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Actor Gary Sinise: Catholic Convert and Surprise Speaker at Knights of Columbus's Annual Conventio
http://www.aleteia.org ^ | August 15, 2014 | Susan Wills

Posted on 08/15/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT by NKP_Vet

Gary Sinise – actor, director, bass player, patriot, philanthropist and convert to Catholicism – was a surprise guest at the Knights of Columbus’ annual convention in Orlando earlier this month.

The person who was most surprised about being there may have been Gary Sinise himself. He confessed that “he and his family weren’t part of any religion” until his wife returned to her mother’s abandoned Catholic roots in 2000 and he subsequently slow-walked his way to Confirmation in 2010.

He recounted his initial shock and eventual support of his wife’s decision in an interview several years ago. He’d been filming in North Carolina when his wife, Moira, and three kids came for a visit, at the same time a hurricane was heading ashore. Figuring that flights would be grounded, he rented a car and drove them toward Charlotte through gale force winds, pounding rain and all-to-close lightning strikes. At one point Moira turned to him and announced that when she returned to Chicago, she was going back to the Catholic Church and the kids were going to attend Catholic schools. He was stunned and none too happy about the decision. The only knowledge he had of Catholic schools were the awful stories two friends had told him, friends who were also “guilt-ridden.” So he said something like “No! Are you crazy?”

But Moira did as she planned, enrolling in RCIA and enrolling the children in Catholic school. Two years later, at the Easter Vigil, she entered the Church. In the meantime, the school turned out to be the opposite of what he expected. He discovered that it was a great environment and became a big supporter. It was another 10 years before he crossed the Tiber, but it was 10 years filled with charitable activities.

Shortly after 9/11, he was “invited as a celebrity” to entertain the first responders and that led to his learning about heroes like Father Mychal Judge, a chaplain for the NY Fire Department who died while aiding victims of the attacks on the Twin Towers.

In 2003, Sinise co-founded “Operation Iraqi Children,” which over nine years supported the great work of American troops by gathering and donating supply school supplies and clothing to the children whose schools had been rebuilt by the troops. Donations included 358,763 School Supply Kits, thousands of boxes of stuffed animals, shoes and sports equipment, hundreds of boxes of shoes, clothes, supplies, food and hygiene items and toys.

It was during the 50 USO tours and 119 USO concerts for troops performed by Sinise’s band, the Lt.Dan Band, that he became passionate about helping America’s wounded veterans. His foundation embarked on the Restoring Independence and Supporting Empowerment (RISE) program. The goal is to build “smart homes” for the service members who were most seriously wounded.

In partnership with the Knights of Columbus, a former Army infantryman who lost both legs and one arm in a roadside explosion in Afghanistan, was able to move into a new high-tech home with his wife.

Sinise expressed gratitude for the Knights’ collaboration and for their years of “incredibly generous and voluminous charitable work and mission.”


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Welcome Home Lt. Dan.
1 posted on 08/15/2014 3:55:36 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

http://www.aleteia.org/en/arts-entertainment/article/gary-sinise-my-life-is-better-because-i-became-catholic-5906610832539648

Gary Sinise: “My Life is Better Because I Became Catholic.”

Actor’s foundation helps wounded veterans


2 posted on 08/15/2014 3:57:20 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

I watched his speech....it was FABULOUS!!! God Bless Him!!


3 posted on 08/15/2014 4:00:07 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: NYer

Lt Dan ping


4 posted on 08/15/2014 4:01:57 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: NKP_Vet

Great story, thanks for posting this.


5 posted on 08/15/2014 4:03:45 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: NKP_Vet

“Lieutenant Dan?!...”


6 posted on 08/15/2014 4:10:33 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: NKP_Vet; Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; ...

Gary Sinise

Ping!

7 posted on 08/15/2014 4:11:04 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NKP_Vet

Catholic “convert”. Doesn’t mention a thing about Christ...

Eternal life is found only in Him, regardless of denomination. Let’s hope he came to Christ.


8 posted on 08/15/2014 4:15:45 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: NYer

He “crossed the Tiber.” Does that mean he was an ethnic Episcopalian like me before he converted?


9 posted on 08/15/2014 4:15:56 PM PDT by Homer_J_Simpson ("Every nation has the government that it deserves." - Joseph de Maistre (1753-1821))
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To: NKP_Vet

Home viewing bookmark.


10 posted on 08/15/2014 4:18:00 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: Coleus

Knight bump?


11 posted on 08/15/2014 4:19:28 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Are you not aware that Christ founded the Catholic Church? On the Apostles??

Talking about conversion IS talking about Christ!


12 posted on 08/15/2014 4:21:21 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet

I love Gary Sinise! bflr!


13 posted on 08/15/2014 4:30:47 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Thank you, Freepers. You all know who you are. You mean a lot to me.)
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To: Salvation

“Are you not aware that Christ founded the Catholic Church?”

Oh, brother. Chapter and verse, please...? Sad (and blasphemous) when lore trumps the Bible.


14 posted on 08/15/2014 4:31:12 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

DITTO that loud and clear. Corruption of Catholic denomination is so obvious. Religion is corporate. Faith is individual.Count me in as ONE with Him.


15 posted on 08/15/2014 4:33:05 PM PDT by codder too
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To: NYer

ALRIGHT CSI Ny dude


16 posted on 08/15/2014 4:55:57 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: NKP_Vet

WELCOME HOME, CONGRATS, AND GOD BLESS Gary Sinise!!!!


17 posted on 08/15/2014 5:26:10 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

This article was not written by Sinise. The few direct quotes by him appeared to have been taken from his talk to the Knights of Columbus. It’s likely she did not interview him.

The author’s story was about the process of him becoming a Catholic. She is the one who did not “mention a thing about Christ.”

Your criticism of Sinise is lame at best and is merely one of your continuing potshots at Catholicism.


18 posted on 08/15/2014 5:26:40 PM PDT by choirboy
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To: MayflowerMadam

When Jesus said to Peter, “You are rock and on this rock I will build my church.”

Not lore but scripture-based faith.


19 posted on 08/15/2014 5:28:18 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: codder too

While “faith is individual”, it is the need and importance of keeping fellowship with other believers in the community of faith called the Church.


20 posted on 08/15/2014 5:36:30 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Salvation

This Honor Guard Commander appreciates the Knights of Columbus mention.


21 posted on 08/15/2014 5:51:11 PM PDT by Dacula
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To: NKP_Vet

Awesome guy!!!


22 posted on 08/15/2014 6:10:11 PM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion; NKP_Vet; Salvation; codder too; choirboy
Let’s hope he came to Christ.

Those who enter His Church generally do:

'“When I think about the life and sufferings of Christ, when I think about the stories of the extreme hardships and heavy burdens that our military men and women and their families were willing to, and continue to bear, I can’t help but think about this verse: ‘For greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends,’” Sinise, 59, told the gathering.' - http://www.catholicsun.org/2014/08/11/actor-describes-faith-journey-commitment-to-serving-nations-veterans/

23 posted on 08/15/2014 6:20:32 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Thanks, I needed a good news story today.


24 posted on 08/15/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: NKP_Vet

I was aware that he was a Christian, but I didn’t know how it had come to pass.


25 posted on 08/15/2014 6:58:39 PM PDT by marron
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To: NKP_Vet

Saw the speech on EWTN. It was awesome!


26 posted on 08/15/2014 7:09:10 PM PDT by PatriotGirl827 (O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee)
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To: Biggirl
When Jesus said to Peter, “You are rock and on this rock I will build my church.”

Not lore but scripture-based faith.


Upon this Rock
27 posted on 08/15/2014 7:10:02 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Obama: The turd that won't flush.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

An adult who joins the Catholic Church makes a public profession of faith (based on the Apostles Creed) before the whole congregation. Are you trying to say that your profession of faith was sincere and Mr. Sinise’s was not? Upon what grounds do you base that?


28 posted on 08/15/2014 7:14:16 PM PDT by Campion
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To: Salvation

“Are you not aware that Christ founded the Catholic Church? On the Apostles??”

I’m aware you believe it, but millions do not.


29 posted on 08/15/2014 7:39:01 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: choirboy

“Your criticism of Sinise is lame at best and is merely one of your continuing potshots at Catholicism.”

I did not criticize him. I pointed out that Christ was not mentioned. I also expressed my desire that he would know Christ and have salvation.


30 posted on 08/15/2014 7:40:52 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: ConservingFreedom

“Those who enter His Church generally do:”

Likely not, according to Scripture. In the end it will be revealed.


31 posted on 08/15/2014 7:42:14 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Campion

“An adult who joins the Catholic Church makes a public profession of faith (based on the Apostles Creed) before the whole congregation.

Which is good, but not the same as entrusting oneself to Him alone .

“Are you trying to say that your profession of faith was sincere “

I didn’t mention me.

“and Mr. Sinise’s was not? Upon what grounds do you base that?”

No, I wished that in addition to converting to Catholicism, he would truly know Christ. I wish that for all, regardless of denomination.


32 posted on 08/15/2014 7:45:04 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

The Bible has this information. Those who do not believe it must not believe in the Bible.

I will pray for those millions.


33 posted on 08/15/2014 7:46:34 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

“The Bible has this information. Those who do not believe it must not believe in the Bible.”

It has info you interpret one way, but millions do not. Prayer is good. Always start with yourself as you pray.


34 posted on 08/15/2014 7:48:17 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: codder too

If you are into your solo faith, you may be left out or maybe Jesus didn’t really say “where two or more are gathered in my name, there I will be?”


35 posted on 08/15/2014 7:58:30 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: aMorePerfectUnion; Salvation

I’m aware you believe it, but millions do not. >>

over 1 billion do!!..unfortunately through the years many started their own religions and people blindly follow them.


36 posted on 08/15/2014 8:23:59 PM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

“over 1 billion do!!..unfortunately through the years many started their own religions and people blindly follow them.”

After a lot of examination, I’ve come to believe the billion number is wildly overstated. A huge percentage can’t be bothered to attend once per year.


37 posted on 08/15/2014 8:39:50 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

“I’m aware you believe it, but millions do not”

There’s a lot more Christians that do believe Christ founded the Catholic Church than ones that don’t believe it. So you lose.


38 posted on 08/15/2014 8:47:21 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: onedoug
Lieutenant Dan! Yew got rosaries!
39 posted on 08/15/2014 8:51:34 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground."--GKC)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Are you reading — really reading the numerous answers to your posts?

They are in error.


40 posted on 08/15/2014 9:11:57 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NKP_Vet

““I’m aware you believe it, but millions do not”

There’s a lot more Christians that do believe Christ founded the Catholic Church than ones that don’t believe it. So you lose.”

Truth isn’t based on popular vote.


41 posted on 08/16/2014 6:39:48 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: Salvation

“August 16, 2014 at 12:11:57 AM EDT · 40 of 41
Salvation to aMorePerfectUnion
Are you reading — really reading the numerous answers to your posts?They are in error.”

Agreed - including yours. Keep those prayers going!


42 posted on 08/16/2014 6:41:02 AM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

I guess I didn’t phrase that correctly.

Your statements are in error, in my opinion — and many others; opinions. I hope you will read them now.


43 posted on 08/16/2014 11:36:37 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

“Your statements are in error, in my opinion — and many others; opinions. I hope you will read them now.”

You are wrong and they are wrong.


44 posted on 08/16/2014 1:06:49 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

In the middle east agents of the devil are loping off heads burying Christian women and children alive after raping them while our indifferent government looks on with all but creepy bemusement and you choose to use your time on Saturday to join in on the attack.

Well (shaking my head)they hated Christ first.

May God bless you and draw you nearer to his sacred heart.


45 posted on 08/16/2014 1:30:56 PM PDT by infool7 (The ugly truth is just a big lie.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

The Bible is correct. So sorry you do not believe it.

Good bye.


46 posted on 08/16/2014 1:35:20 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

The Bible is correct. The interpretation your post advocates is not.


47 posted on 08/16/2014 2:08:11 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: infool7

“In the middle east agents of the devil are loping off heads burying Christian women and children alive after raping them while our indifferent government looks on with all but creepy bemusement and you choose to use your time on Saturday to join in on the attack.”

I use my time to wish that everyone knows Christ. I find it odd in light of the quote above that He is not important in your worldview.


48 posted on 08/16/2014 2:09:57 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion ( "I didn't leave the Central Oligarchy Party. It left me." - Ronaldus Maximus)
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To: NKP_Vet

Bttt.

5.56mm


49 posted on 08/16/2014 2:20:10 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: NKP_Vet

Great actor, love his movies and great work he does with wounded warriors and Vets.


50 posted on 08/16/2014 2:45:34 PM PDT by redleghunter (But let your word 'yes be 'yes,' and your 'no be 'no.' Anything more than this is from the evil one.)
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