‘As the World Turns’ star brings 'Hollywood vs. Faith' to DuluthSt. Benedict’s Catholic Church is attempting to bring the Gospel to Duluth via Hollywood.
By: Budgeteer News staff, Duluth Budgeteer News
St. Benedict’s Catholic Church is attempting to bring the Gospel to Duluth via Hollywood.
The Church invited Frank Runyeon, a Hollywood actor, to perform one-man shows called “Hollywood vs. Faith” as part of its post-resurrection event.
“Our hope was to put the Gospel out there in a new way … to engage people in something more interactive than just a class or a movie,” said Sister Anna Rose Kalinowski of St. Benedict’s Catholic Church
Runyeon starred for seven years as Steve Andropoulos on “As the World Turns” opposite Meg Ryan. Runyeon performed in Duluth in the 1990s with his one-man show called “Afraid” about the Gospel of St. Mark. Runyeon’s talk on Hollywood vs. Faith looks at the challenges of living a life of faith when bombarded by many other messages.
Runyeon said that he has always felt torn between the world of media and the world of faith.
“We go from our TV to church, and then back to our TV, or laptop of smartphone. We want to live in both worlds,” he said in a statement, “But is that really possible?”
The performances are Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. All are free.
St. Benedict’s received money for the performances through the CREED Fund through the Diocese of Duluth. “CREED” stands for Catholic Religious Education Endowment Fund.