There are a lot of things you can do on Broadway after the curtain falls at the end of a performance. You can catch a late dinner, join some friends for a drink, or go out dancing. Or you can go to 11 p.m. Mass at St. Malachy’s — The Actors’ Chapel. And that is just what hundreds of Catholic (and some non-Catholic) actors, producers, and stage hands and stunt men have been doing for decades.
Father Richard Baker, the peripatetic pastor of St. Malachy’s, has just the rights chops to be pastor of this terrific parish with its colorful cast of characters. He’s a musician, and he’s a rousing preacher. Check out this great profile of the parish and some of its members in a report from NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams, “Where Broadway’s finest go to pray.”
In the interest of full disclosure, St. Malachy’s is also home to the media review office of Catholic News Service. Not only does CNS review chief John Mulderig hang his hat there Monday-Friday, he is a parishioner and teaches religious education.