Speaker Series

Blessed Mother Catholic Church's 2018 Speaker Series will feature Frank Runyeon, actor and degree in Religion from Princeton University.  Frank Runyeon has won national acclaim for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 25 years, but is still best known for his many roles on television.  He was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his guest-starring role as Angel on The Young & the Restless. 

The first presentation, Thursday, March 15 @ 7:00 PM will be Signs: The Gospel of John.  Friday, March 16 @ 7:00 PM will be the Sermon on the Mount.  Saturday, March 17 @ 5:30 PM will be Hollywood vs Faith.  These different talks will include storytelling as well as audience participation.  There will be fellowship in the Parish Hall to follow each evening.  This event is free.  Donations are welcome to help cover expenses.  Tickets are not needed.  Please contact the office at 270-683-8444 for more information. 

Thursday, March 15 @ 7:00 PM will be Signs: The Gospel of John.

Signs: The Gospel of John. It is a one-man play, staged with dramatic lighting and entertaining audience interaction. Its text is the first eleven chapters of the Gospel of John, translated into contemporary American speech. Every Christian has wondered what it would have been like: to have been there, in Galilee, and met Jesus' SIGNS is an effort to help those in the audience have that encounter. How? By doing exactly what the evangelist John did: by telling the story in the present tense, here and now, from beginning to end, in everyday language and by making the audience members part of the action.  Audience members are addressed individually as the actor roams the room.
 
Friday, March 16 @ 7:00 PM will be Sermon on the Mount.
In this dramatic setting, suddenly the lines heard so often have new meaning. And the very human stories of the people which Matthew may have addressed come to life. There are the livestock merchant, the silk trader, the Deacon who just can't stop talking, the seamstress who spends all her money on her clothes, and many others. As Runyeon moves around the church, retelling the sermon, there is surprising humor and very powerful drama.
 
Saturday, March 17 @ 5:30 PM will be Hollywood vs Faith.
Frank Runyeon admits he has always felt torn between the world of the media and the world of faith. He thinks much of America is. We go from our TV to church, and then back to our TV (or laptop or smartphone). We want to live in both worlds. But is that really possible? He speaks with humor about that struggle, and shares the fruits of lessons he has learned from his studies at Princeton to working opposite Meg Ryan on the soaps and in movies, from hosting comedy talk shows on L.A. radio to studying at Yale Divinity, from 20 years touring America (and over 2,000 churches) to 25 years as a parent.
 
For more information on this presentation or about the actor, please visit http://runyeonproductions.com/