STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—An actor himself when he was a young man, the late Pope John Paul II called on actors and other artists to be leaders in the new evangelization.
Catholic wife, mother of three, and actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan seeks to live out this very unique calling as an artist in the 21st century. On Thursday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m., she will speak on “The Journey of a Catholic Actress” in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center, Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Throughout her 20-year career, Fallon Hogan has worked in what many consider the place in greatest need of evangelization today: Hollywood. But instead of trying to achieve a head count in converts to Catholicism, she witnesses to her colleagues through ordinary conversations, the roles she chooses, and in the decisions she makes. Having turned down a number of morally compromising acting opportunities, she is able not only to portray characters she’s comfortable with her own children seeing, but set an example for other Catholic artists.
Raised a cradle Catholic in New York, Fallon Hogan graduated from Le Moyne College and received her MFA from Catholic University of America. She is now a member of the Atlantic Theater Company. Acclaimed for her roles in major films including Men in Black, Forrest Gump, Holes, and Charlotte’s Web, she has also been in television shows such as Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and Law and Order.
This talk is a part of the fall 2012 semester’s Distinguished Speakers Series at Franciscan University, and is co-sponsored by the departments of Academic Affairs, Student Life, and Advancement. The talk is free and open to the public.
Through the Distinguished Speakers Series, Franciscan University hosts leaders who integrate their faith and public life and who inspire the next generation to be a transforming presence in the Catholic Church and society.