Catholic Actor Gary Sinise to Receive Saint Pio Award

Gary_Sinise_guitar-ffblogActor and military-veterans advocate Gary Sinise is a Catholic convert — his wife reverted to the Faith, and her children, and eventually husband, followed — and one of film and TV’s most bankable stars.

Born on St. Patrick’s Day, he can currently be seen on CBS as FBI Unit Chief Jack Garrett in “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” about an FBI team helping Americans overseas. That follows a long run in as military vet and cop Detective Mac Taylor on CBS’ “CSI: N.Y.”

When he’s not working or being a husband and father, Sinise is traveling the world entertaining American military personnel with the Lt. Dan Band (named after his Vietnam-vet character in “Forrest Gump”), along with honoring, and working for the benefit of, U.S. military veterans.

Now, the Saint Pio Foundation is honoring him:

The Saint Pio Foundation is proud to present the 2nd “Saint Pio Award Ceremony,” which will take place at The Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004) on Friday, May 27, 2016, at 12:00 PM (noon). A cocktail reception will be followed by the award ceremony.

The Saint Pio Award has been established to recognize the selfless and outstanding contribution of those individuals who have strongly committed to support the Saint Pio Foundation and its vision. Recipients of the Saint Pio Awards will be the Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Academy Award nominated actor Gary Sinise, and Hon. Jim Nicholson, former Secretary for Veteran Affairs and former US Ambassador to the Holy See.

Special guests of the event will be Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations; the acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna & Tony Lo Bianco; and the Hon. Robert P. Astorino, Westchester County Executive (NY). Part of the proceeds of this event will be allocated to the support of the VA Maryland Healthcare System’s Homeless Program in Baltimore.

Joe Mantegna is also a Catholic — who had a conversion experience of his own — and the star of CBS’ FBI-profiler drama “Criminal Minds,” an episode of which was used to launch the “Beyond Borders” spin-off.

Here a video in which Sinise expresses his gratitude at receiving the award:

And here’s a peek at “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” (Sinise is a good family man, but this show isn’t for kids):

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