Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Coming in December...Acts of Mercy: A Drama Mission

Frankrunyeonheadshotint-shirtActs of Mercy: A Drama Mission a dramatic performance over three nights, classic stories of our faith, highlighting the theme of God’s mercy, featuring selections from the Gospel of John, the Gospel of Luke and the Letter of James.

"At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives." -- Pope Francis (Our Sunday Visitor)

As the Year of Mercy closes and we begin our Advent journey, Nazareth Retreat Center, Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, St. Francis Xavier and St. Gabriel’s invites all to Acts of Mercy: A Drama Mission. Frank Runyeon, of Runyeon Productions, 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. He has performed on over 1000 television shows and is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Religion, and continued his studies at Yale Divinity School and General Theological Seminary earning a Masters. He workshopped his first productions in cooperation with the faculty of Holy Cross College and the University of Dayton. He is regularly reviewed as “the best speaker we have ever heard” by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation.

On Sunday, December 4th at 2 p.m., Frank will perform Luke: Stories of Mercy at the St. Vincent DePaul Chapel on the Nazareth Campus in Bardstown. He will enact the famous stories from Luke’s travel narrative interwoven with stories from his own life to help us hear these parables as stories about our lives here and now. The theme is of God’s Mercy found in Jesus through the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan. Performing at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral in Bardstown that evening at 7 p.m., Frank will take a humorous but also deeply challenging look at the story we are actually living. The struggles we face daily as Americans to live lives of real joy in the middle of a media-centered culture as he presents Hollywood vs. Faith.

On Monday evening, December 5th at 7 p.m., Mr. Runyeon will perform John: Signs of Mercy at St. Francis Xavier in Mount Washington. This night will proclaim what God has done in the life of Jesus as He has shown mercy to mankind! Signs features scenes from the first 11 chapters of the Gospel of John, ending in the raising of Lazarus. It is a powerful performance by candlelight.

On Tuesday evening December 6th at 7 p.m., James: Works of Mercy will be dramatized at St. Gabriel’s in Fern Creek. This dramatization is set outside Caesarea in an early house-church filled with characters, after the stoning of Stephen. James calls the people of his church to become a People of Mercy who “do the Work of God,” and know the joy of living in God’s love.

It is our hope this Multi-Parish mission will bless your Advent season with God’s mercy and love. All are invited to attend. A free will offering is suggested after each performance to offset the cost. For further information please contact Lisa Downs at 502-955-5366.

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