Hollywood superstar Mark Wahlberg is devout about his Catholic faith, but that said, he isn’t about to force his kids to take it up, explaining that he hopes they will “gravitate” towards religion on their own.
In 2013, the now 50-year-old Walhberg said in an interview with Parade magazine that faith is “the most important part of my life,” adding, “I don’t try to push it on anybody and I don’t try to hide it.”
Wahlberg went on to describe his usual Sunday morning routine, when he may attend Mass twice.
“If the kids are good, I’ll have doughnuts for them at 6:30 in the morning, and I’ll say, ‘You guys gotta let Mommy sleep in!’ I’ll go to church at 7:30 and everybody will be eating breakfast when I come home,” Wahlberg explained. “Then we’ll go to church again at 10:30, if things aren’t too hectic. Or if one of the kids has a game, we’ll watch them play. It’s a nice family day.”
The Blaze noted that Wahlberg and his wife Rhea Durham have four children: Ella, 18, Michael, 16, Grace Margaret, 12, and Brendan, 13.
More recently, Wahlberg appeared on the Today show to discuss his new film, “Father Stu,” as well as his deepening faith. The filmi is “about a down-on-his-luck former Golden Gloves boxer who became a priest,” NBC noted, who develops a degenerative muscle condition. The film also stars another notable Hollywood Catholic, Mel Gibson.
“They think dad’s crazy, and he’s boring,” he joked to Hoda Kotb. “But even with my faith, I don’t force it on them. But they know that dad can’t start the day without being in prayer, can’t start the day without reading my Scripture or going to Mass.
“And hopefully, instead of forcing that on them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for dad, maybe it’ll work for us,’ and they’ll kind of gravitate towards it on their own.”