The book, Genuflections: Famous Folks Talk About Growing Up Catholic, includes passages on well-known people – from athletes and actors to musicians and politicians – who grew up in (or in close proximity to) the Catholic faith.

Many of those interviewed – including Andrea Bocelli and Kevin Cronin, Don Shula and Dana Delany, Jane O’Meara Sanders and Paul Ryan – also share where they stand today in terms of their beliefs.

Read about how . . . 

Actress Dana Delany wanted to be a nun, but a fun one . . .

Hard-nosed coach Mike Ditka strikes an enlightened tone . . .

Louie Perez of Los Lobos doesn’t want the baby thrown out with the bath water . . .

Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins wished Bach had been played at mass . . .

Romance novel hunk Fabio kept getting kicked out of Catholic schools . . .

The name of Alejandro Escovedo’s punk band was inspired by an unpleasant parochial-school encounter . . .

Congressman Joaquin Castro identified with St. Martin de Porres while a kid . . .

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan found Catholic school “warm and inclusive” . . .

Jane O’Meara Sanders experienced “an Irish-Catholic upbringing in every way” . . .