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Mark Wahlberg: “I love golf and I love church…”

A little celebrity news from Down Under:

Reformed bad boy Mark Wahlberg is dedicated to attending church each day — even during his hectic Australian tour with Will Ferrell to promote their new film The Other Guys.

Wahlberg, 39, went to St Mary’s Cathedral Catholic church in inner Sydney yesterday wearing his golf clothes after a game with Ferrell.

“I love golf and I love church. I do both every day,” the committed Catholic, former rapper and Calvin Klein underwear model said as he entered the cathedral for 20 minutes of prayer.


Wahlberg, who was raised a Roman Catholic in Boston, Massachusetts, is a former drug addict who had several run-ins with police as a teenager.

But he cleaned up his image and has settled down wife Rhea Durham and their four children.

The actor, formerly known as Marky Mark during his earlier years as a rap musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, arrived in Sydney on Sunday.

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posted August 18, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Good for Mark Wahlberg, I’ve always liked his acting. I hope he can find roles in the future that reflect his Catholic faith, not necessarily explicitly but the underlying choice of roles and scripts. Even the most gritty theme, like the one he touched on the movie “The Faithfully Departed”, could be turned around to give a more positive message.

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posted August 18, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Mr. Wahlberg sounds like a good man that is committed to his faith and his beliefs. He is setting a great example for others and especially for his wife and children. He is to be applauded. GOD bless him.

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Jett Subercuseaux

posted August 18, 2010 at 1:28 pm

May God bless Mark and his family, he is a great example of finding the Way the Truth and the Life. God Bless Him

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posted August 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

I love Mark in so many movies, and in Entourage. I think he’s a great actor. I never knew this about him, but it doesn’t surprise me. I always had the feeling that he was a good man.
@The Truth: Hahahahahahahaha

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posted August 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I love stories like this, it just goes to show you that in the end God,Church, Family is all that we really need.
God Bless Mr. Walberg! he has found God to help him.

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posted August 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Thank you for sharing this story! Thanks to Mark for being an instrument of inspiration :)
It may be hard to recognize these days, but God IS always with us and working through us as we walk this earth.
The truth: It’s gonna be sooo amazing for you when the time comes that you come to know and accept the fullness of truth! How exciting!

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Obamanation @ Notre Dame

posted August 18, 2010 at 4:38 pm

We only need about 5,000 more people like this, in Hollywood.

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Andre John

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

PROP8 or not, marriage still SUCKS?!
goodluck Mr.Obama for the mess comming ur way.

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Andre John

posted August 18, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Thanks for sharing this story about a good actor, rather than the tabloid gossip mess Hollywood has become.
I hope there are more good people, good role MODELS in Los.Angels.
(CAPTCHA: SAW hompniu)

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Andre John

posted August 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm

“C.O.U.R.A.G.E.” is still a virtue we need to practice everyday for the rest of our lives. “S.N.A.P.” out of the darkness and into the light of Christ, people of Los Angeles, will the real Christians, PLEASE STAND UP for the truth and true love.

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Joel Jason

posted August 19, 2010 at 4:49 am

Let us not put marriage into a suspicion. Marriage doesn’t suck. Most of the time, it’s the people who go into it that do. It may sound trite but it’s true what a secular song says, “It’s a lover not love that broke your heart last night. It’s a lover not dream that didn’t work out right.”

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Ed Mechmann

posted August 19, 2010 at 9:33 am

Great to hear that Mr. Wahberg has turned his life around and has returned to the faith. Now, perhaps he could re-think his participation in a TV series about the pornography industry, which debases and degrades the image of God in men and women (

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posted August 19, 2010 at 11:40 am

“Cut down with the axe of celibacy the wood of matrimony.”
St. Jerome, anti-marriage and proud of it.

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posted August 19, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I guess St. Joseph had it raw Frank.

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posted August 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Just quoting my favorite anti-marriage saint.
BTW, Mark Wahlberg, whose priest told him to turn down a role as Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the U.S, has now returned to making movies about the porn industry.
I suppose his priest was busy when Mark had to make that decision.

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posted August 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

Christ came for the sinners. Anyone with bad image and now trying to turn his life around should be encourage and appreciate, not judge. If he happens to choose the same old bad path, let that be between God and him. We as believer try our best to evangelize, the rest is up to the Holy Spirit. God bless Marky Mark and his family.

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Brad Campbell

posted November 6, 2010 at 10:18 am

Good to know that Mark’s been repented for his sins and return his life as a good Christian. A good example to follow.

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posted February 25, 2011 at 6:56 am

I am really lucky for share this discussion. I am beginner of golf sport. I have no such idea before. Recently, I purchased an e-book of GOLF BEGINNER GUIDE. There are very easy steps which is very important to understand everyone.
If anyone interested.

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posted March 15, 2011 at 6:05 am

Nice discussion.

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