Three-county mission will feature actor Frank Runyeon

By Marnie McAllister, Record Editor

As the Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes and Advent commences later this month, several parishes will be preparing for a mission centered on mercy.

“Acts of Mercy: A Drama Mission,” will be presented Dec. 4 to 6 by actor Frank Runyeon at four churches in Nelson, Bullitt and Jefferson counties.

Runyeon, a former soap opera actor, holds a degree in religion from Princeton University and studied at Yale Divinity School and General Theological Seminary, an Episcopal seminary in New York, earning a master’s in theological studies.

During his presentations, Runyeon enacts stories from the Gospels. During his Dec. 4 to 6 presentations, which will include four different performances, he will present stories from the writings of Luke, John and James and he’ll examine faith in modern society.

“Three of the performances deal with Jesus’ mercy,” noted Lisa Downs, pastoral associate of St. Francis Xavier Church in Mount Washington, Ky. “It’s a way for us to meditate on how Jesus sees mercy through the eyes of the Gospels, which is always important for us to meditate on.

“Since we are a visual society these days, this gives us a different way to stimulate our senses and see that Jesus is speaking to us through the writers of the Gospels,” she noted. “It’s an opportunity to meditate on that as we close out the year of mercy and begin the season of Advent.”

Following is a schedule of the presentations:

  • “Luke: Stories of Mercy” will be presented at 2 p.m. on Dec. 4 at St. Vincent de Paul Church on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth near Bardstown, Ky.
  • “Hollywood vs. Faith” will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown.
  • “John: Signs of Mercy” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at St. Francis Xavier.
  • “James: Works of Mercy at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at St. Gabriel Church, 5505 Bardstown Road.

All are invited to attend the missions. A free-will offering is suggested to help off-set the cost.

“We’re going to be able to offer something to many people,” Downs added. “If somebody wants to come to all of them, it’s not so far away. But it’s also accessible to people in all three counties.”

For more information, call Downs at 502-955-5366.

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