Mark Wahlberg, the star of such Hollywood blockbusters as “The Perfect Storm”, “The Departed”, “Transformers”, “Planet of the Apes”, and others, posted a video through the Diocese of Providence’s Facebook page talking about the Catholic Priesthood and vocations.
In the video, Wahlberg, who is a rare openly devout Catholic in Hollywood and has in the past served as the emcee for the World Festival of Families attended by Pope Francis, shared powerful testimony about the support that Catholic priests have given him through his life.
“I’m blessed to have many wonderful priests in my life. Growing up in Dorchester, I got myself into trouble every now and then but I always had a priest to stick by me. I was married by a priest. My children were baptized by a priest. And whenever somebody in my family passed away, they’ve all been buried by a priest. My sins have been forgiven when I go to confession to a priest. Every time I go to Mass, it’s through a priest’s hands that I receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which strengthens me to share my Catholic faith with others.
The video was created to welcome participants of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors to his hometown of Boston. Saying that his Catholic faith was the “anchor”, the actor pledged his prayers for the success of the meeting and for vocations, Wahlberg underscored the need for vocations saying “I want my children and future generations to have good priests in their lives just like I had.”