Irish-American actor Mark Wahlberg recently encouraged his fellow Christians on Instagram to say the Rosary with him.
Wahlberg spoke about the connection he has with his fans who pray the Rosary with him through Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app he partners with, in a video message posted online.
“I have received many messages from people who pray every day and find peace. And most importantly sending wonderful messages about doing the Rosary with me on the Hallow app,” Wahlberg told his 18 million Instagram followers.
“Let’s make the rosary together and stay prayed. You must stay prayed. God bless you,” he continued.
According to FoxNewsthe Hallow app launched a collaboration with Wahlberg earlier this month and is now the most downloaded and used Catholic app in the world.
The ad also coincided with the actor’s new movie “Father Stu,” which tells the story of the real-life boxer who became a priest and also had a degenerative, incurable muscle disorder.
Father Stuart Long’s story inspired Wahlberg so much that he invested his own money to get the film made.
In an interview with the Catholic Star Herald, Wahlberg explained, “It’s a biopic that really inspires people and inspires them to do better. Everyone has faced very difficult things in life, especially now more than ever.”
The 50-year-old actor, who hasn’t missed church for over a decade, said: “This film will hopefully rekindle people’s hope and faith and encourage people to find the good in everything, good in people in particular, and be inspired to do better and also find your part in God’s big picture.
“Father Stu” opened in theaters across America on April 13 and by April 20 had grossed over $10 million in ticket sales.
Watch the trailer for “Father Stu” with Mark Wahlberg here: