I have exciting news. Today, we are proud to announce the release of The American Catholic Almanac! It is a daily reader of fascinating people – saints, sinners, patriots, rogues and ordinary people – who changed the United States.
To celebrate, we’re giving you a sneak preview of 11 awesome people who appear in the book. AND, it’s the perfect time to introduce the BuzzFeed community to a little Catholicism!
3.Gene Kranz. Yes, the calm, cool, and collected Flight Director of Apollo 13 (played by Ed Harris in the film) who helped bring home three astronauts after an explosion stranded them in space. Their safe return is attributed in part to Gene Kranz’s code of professional excellence, which had been adopted at NASA. He based it on his Catholic faith and the virtues he learned about in Catholic schools.
Those Catholic sisters had no idea their rules (and rulers) would do … astronomical … good!