In an online video, actor Mark Wahlberg says he will be praying for vocations to the priesthood, which he deeply values because of the role that priests have played in his own life, reports the Catholic News Agency.
Wahlberg recorded the video as a greeting to those present at the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors, taking place in his hometown of Boston.
“I want you to know my support for your work to foster vocations to the priesthood, because I want my children and future generations to have good priests in their lives, just like I had,” he says in the video, posted on Facebook by the Diocese of Providence’s vocations office.
“My Catholic faith is the anchor that supports everything I do in life. In my daily prayers, I ask for guidance, strength in my vocation as a husband and as a father,” he says.
Wahlberg, known for his work in movies including The Perfect Storm, Planet of the Apes, The Departed, and The Fighter, is open about his faith and his love for the Church. He attends daily Mass and talks frequently about the role of faith in his life.
Last year, Wahlberg served as MC when Pope Francis came to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.
In the video, he reflects on the “many wonderful priests” he had been blessed to know throughout his life. “Growing up in Dorchester, I got myself into trouble now and then but I always had a priest to stick by me,” he says.
“I was married by a priest. My children were baptised 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.”
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