You probably don't think of Hollywood when you think of the Rosary, but Family Theater Productions is hoping to change all that. The production company founded by famed Rosary Priest Father Patrick Peyton, CSC, will release Rosary Stars: Praying the Gospel at a Hollywood premier on Feb. 7. The DVD features 20 celebrities, from athletes to movie stars, reflecting on the importance of the Rosary in their lives. Rosary Stars also includes a historical segment on the "evolution of the Rosary," as well as the actual praying of the Rosary.
I find the idea of this DVD intriguing, in part because I've always been challenged when it comes to praying the Rosary. I'm a champion multi-tasker, but ask me to say a Hail Mary while also contemplating a Mystery, any Mystery, and I'm lost -- or asleep. I know people who pray the Rosary while running, and I just have to tip my hat to them since I'm sure I'd end up as roadkill if I tried that.
Among the celebrities featured is Immaculée Ilibagiza, whose book, Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, tells her story as a survivor of the 1994 genocide. Not surprisingly, she takes up the Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar. Other celebrities include Jeff Suppan, starting pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers; Alejandro Monteverde, director, producer and co-writer of the movie Bella; and Lourdes Benedicto, who has appeared in 16 television series, including 24, ER and NYPD Blue. You can view the complete list of celebrities and watch the trailer by clicking HERE.