Mark Wahlberg says he prays daily and wants Catholic children to have a good priest in their life.
Transformers star Mark Wahlberg revealed in a video posted on Facebook that he has great love for Catholic priests. Speaking how important a role priests have been playing in his life, he said he hopes and prays for increase on vocations. The actor said he wants his children and grandchildren to have good priests around to minister to their spiritual needs.
Wahlberg has been very open about his Catholic faith all along. In the video, he said, “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.”
In the video Wahlberg explained the role that priests have played in all the important milestones of his life. He said, “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.”
Wonderful message from Mark Wahlberg to welcome the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors to his home town of Boston. Thank you for your support of priests!
Posted by Diocese of Providence Office of Vocations on Monday, October 3, 2016
He spoke about the difficult times he was in as a child, and how priests helped him come back to the right track. He recalled a particularly dark moment when was sent to juvenile prison at the young age of 16. Coming from a family he was not devoutly Catholic, he himself as a teenager was not involved with faith and religion. However, he said after he came out of prison, he visited a priest for guidance, and this priests helped him transform into the devout man he now is.
Wahlberg believes when people start focusing on God, good things start happening for them. He concludes his video saying the Catholic faithful are hoping for good priests, and promises his support to increase vocations.