Byzantine Icon of Virgin and Child, c. University of Chicago professor Fred Donner's page on Virgin (Theotokos) and Child between Saints Theodore and George. Sixth or early seventh century C. Encaustic on wood.
Julia Holcomb converted to RCC with her husband in She is famous for finally speaking out about her teenage relationship with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and the abortion of their child. "Today I am a pro-life Roman Catholic". Read her moving story here.
Cardinal Arinze: convert from an African traditional religion, he was baptized on his ninth birthday by Father Michael Tansi, who was beatified by John Paul II in 1998. His parents later converted to Catholicism. At age 15, he entered seminary & earned a degree in philosophy. In 1955 he went to Rome to study theology at the Pontifical Urban University, where he ultimately earned a doctorate in sacred theology summa cum laude. In 1958 he was ordained to the priesthood.