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Faith in action for March 2

March 2, 2012
By the Rev. Paul Wolf , Marshall Independent

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church presents Frank Runyeon for its Lenten Mission 2012, March 26-28. He will present the Sermon on the Mount, The Gospel of Mark, and Hollywood vs. Faith.

What is a Parish Mission? Parish Missions began in the 18th century. St. Alphonse Liguori, a priest of the Diocese of Naples, made significant contributions to the development of Parish Mission. The Redemptorists brought them to America. A Parish Mission is a preaching event on consecutive evenings. The preaching may center on the Word of God, Catholic doctrine, or Catholic practices. This preaching emphasizes on individual's personal relationship with the Lord, a deeper sense of the parish community, and a greater consciousness of service within this community.

A Parish Mission allows you to take some time to look at your life, values, and direction It encourages you to ask: What really is important? What am I doing with my life? What values do I have? Where does God fit into my life? What does my faith, my Church, mean to me?

As states, our presenter for our Parish Mission this year is Frank Runyeon.

Frank Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 20 years. He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination. He is regularly reviewed as "the best speaker we have ever heard" by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation. He is perhaps still best known, however, for his many roles on television. He starred for seven years as Steve Andropoulos on "As the World Turns," opposite Meg Ryan, a storyline that garnered the second highest ratings in the history of daytime television.

Runyeon is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in religion. After studying acting in New York and Los Angeles for 15 years, he attended Fuller Seminary in preparation for the writing and performance of his first one-man play, "AFRAID!: The Gospel of Mark." He continued his studies at Yale Divinity School and General Theological Seminary, from which he received his Masters, with honors, in l994. He work shopped his first productions in cooperation with the faculty of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., and the University of Dayton.



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