Catholics in Action
For His eyes are upon our ways,
and all our steps He sees. Job 34:21
Kellyanne Elizabeth Fitzpatrick was born on January 20, 1967 in Camden, New Jersey. When she was just three years old, her parents divorced. From that point on, Kellyanne was raised by her mother and her grandmother. The absence of a father figure absolutely did not stop Kellyanne from pursuing excellence in everything she undertook. She graduated from Trinity College in Washington, DC and then obtained a Law Degree from George Washington University. She married George T. Conway III on April 28, 2001. They have four children.
Kellyanne was raised as an Irish Catholic. Throughout her political career, she has unwaveringly adhered to the Catholic values instilled in her as a child. These Catholic roots have informed her policy stances on many important issues in her position as Campaign Manager to the Trump Campaign and, subsequently, as Counselor to President Trump. Foremost among her beliefs is the notion that all life is sacred, as she is steadfastly pro-life. Kellyanne is a standard bearer for Catholic principles in the new administration.
Kellyanne shows us that we must be relentless in our pursuit of living out our values even when they appear not to be the most popular- or politically convenient- thing to do.
James Patrick Caviezel was born on September 26, 1968. Jim, as he prefers to be called, was catapulted into worldwide fame in 2004 for his roll as Jesus, in Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ. With three sisters and a younger brother, Jim grew up in a faithfully Catholic home where mass and the sacraments were central tenets of life. Caviezel began his acting career performing in plays in Seattle. Subsequently, he tried his luck in Los Angeles. Though the 1990's brought Caviezel a more significant acting workload than he had experienced previously, it was not until the early 2000's that his life was about to change forever.
When Mel Gibson was considering casting Jim as Jesus, the director reassured Caviezel that the role may be the most challenging endeavor of the young actor's life. Gibson even went to guarantee to his potential leading man that playing the Son of God would greatly hurt his acting career. Nevertheless, Jim stepped up to the plate and rendered, according to many, the best performance in any film of Christian denomination. Such was Caviezel's work ethic in playing Jesus, that he endured broken bones, a dislocated shoulder, a severe scourging accident, and even a lightning strike while on the cross.
Ever since Jim's performance in "The Passion of the Christ" he has worked hard to spread the message of the Gospel. In so doing, he and his wife, Kerri Browitt, adopted three children and continue to practice their Catholic Faith fervently. In 2005, Jim served as the spokesman for the first ever Catholic Men's Conference which was held in Boston. One year later in 2006, Caviezel actively advocated against the Missouri Constitutional Amendment which made legal any form of embryonic stem cell research and therapy in that state.
Jim Caviezel reminds us that, in order to practice our faith, it is not enough simply to pretend to act like Jesus; we are called to and carry out His example by abiding by and spreading the Message of the Gospel.