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.”

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  1. Mark,
    Join us in Indianapolis for Race for Vocations. We run /walk in the 500 Festival half marathon and 5k bringing awareness to vocations. May 6, 2017.

  2. I love the video and I hope Mark is just open to these vocations coming from his children. It is in the family that we find vocations.

  3. Very rare to hear about famous Hollywood stars who are open in their Catholic faith. Go, go, go, idol Mark Wahlberg (did I get the spelling right?)!

  4. I think it’s awesome thank you sometimes this world gets the best of a person where you can’t possibly see any good in the world. This is the greatest thing I have seen in a long time this world needs more famous people to speak up about JESUS CHRIST. I truly feel God made these people famous for a reason. I was rasied Catholic I absolutely love the Catholic religion. My great aunt was a nun in Germany . First time I medatated was with my catholic church that was amazing walking with JESUS. Meditation has helped me so much in life . Thank you Mark .

  5. Mark, thank you, beyond measure, for your powerful message! We need more Hollywood Catholic actors to come forward and stand with you and the one true Church of Jesus Christ; the Catholic Church. Your short, yet amazing video should be shown in all Catholic schools and beyond; maybe even a commercial on television. Like Matthew Kelly says, “Be Bold, Be Catholic”. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! God Bless you all the days of your life!!!

  6. Thank you Mark for your courage and lifelong commitment to your strong faith, especially in this sometimes darkening world. Of course, some of my best learning years in early school came from the committed Sisters in the classrooms. Additionally, I had two aunts as Sisters of Saint Joseph, Jean and Cele, who were terrific role models for me and all of my cousins. Vocations to the Religious Life by women would certainly be positive for the re-building of our culture of life…..a refreshing dose of Grace at the perfect time!

  7. I wish to become a catholic priest. I have completed the priestly formation. Could you recommend me to any diocese to become a priest and serve. Please help me. Thank you. prasannakalathoti

  8. God bless your strong faithful mama for guiding you.
    Now as a father you know how important it is to do the same for your children. Just as the Lord expects from us all. God bless you all. Praise God!

  9. Thank you Mark Wahlberg for giving your time and teaching your children how important it is to live their faith! You are to be admired for all that you do and may God bless you and your family . I will pray for vocations to the priesthood!

  10. Awesome witness! The world needs more faithful Catholics to be bold in proclaiming Christ and the fullness of His truth in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Faith! I, along with many others, pray for vocations everyday. May the Lord bless you and your family.

  11. God bless you Mark, your message was the best. I am also Catholic and love our church, I am 90 yrs. and credit my love for God and my Church for my long life and good health. May others love our Catholic faith as we do.


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