The Miracle that Led “Obi-Wan Kenobi” to Convert to Catholicism

With a new Star Wars movie coming up, using some of the original actors, I ran across a story that Obi-Wan Kenobi – that is, Sir Alec Guinness – converted to Catholicism, along with his family.

His conversion started when he was playing the part of GK Chesterton’s Father Brown, in the movie The Detective (aka Father Brown).

From the article:

He was in France working on the film Father Brown, based on G. K. Chesterton’s well known fictional crime-solving priest. He was playing the title role and so was dressed up as a Catholic priest. While walking down the street in priestly attire, a local child spotted him and mistook him to be a genuine Catholic priest. The child ran up, grabbed his hand trustingly, and walked with him down the road.
The trust and affection the child had for Catholic priests had a deep impact on him and made him start to seriously consider Catholicism.

He later explained:

Continuing my walk, I reflected that a Church that could inspire such confidence in a child, making priests, even when unknown, so easily approachable, could not be as scheming or as creepy as so often made out. I began to shake off my long-taught, long-absorbed prejudices.

The story goes on to talk about how his son contracted polio, and how he used to stop by a Catholic church to pray for him.

Read the whole story there 🙂

-Average Catholic

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