Two Friends 'Chosen' to Host Special Mercy Event

Father Chris Alar, MIC, has friends in high places. That includes Jesus, Mary, and the saints. But it also includes a rising star in Hollywood, Jonathan Roumie, who plays Jesus Christ in the hit streaming series “The Chosen.” 

The two friends will host a special program, “A Night of Mercy,” on July 30, beginning at 6 p.m. EST, livestreamed on, and

The program, brought to you by Catholify and Arise, will include discussions about Divine Mercy and a Q&A.

“Jonathan and I met in 2016 in California,” recalled Fr. Chris, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers. “He came to a parish mission of mine. We were introduced by the actress Maria Vargo, who starred in the Saint Luke Productions traveling show ‘Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy.’” 

Jonathan played Jesus in that production, a role that he said "solidified my love, respect, and devotion for Divine Mercy." 

That same evening, Fr. Chris, Maria, Jonathan, and the rector of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, stayed up into the wee hours talking about their love of the Catholic faith.

“We’ve been friends ever since,” Fr. Chris said.

Jonathan will be featured in the fall issue of Marian Helper magazine, which comes out at the end of August. 

“The Chosen,” directed and produced by evangelical filmmaker Dallas Jenkins, has received critical acclaim for its skillful storytelling, acting, and cinematography. The series has reportedly become the highest-grossing crowdfunded media project in history. A second season is now in the works. 

“What this show strives to do is reconnect people with the humanity that these major players in our faith history truly had and possessed,” Jonathan told us in a recent interview. “I can’t tell you how many people have said, ‘[This show] brought me back to Jesus.'"

“Night of Mercy” will be broadcast from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church on Homewood, Alabama. If wish to host a gathering in your parish to watch the program, please visit

“Jonathan and I are both looking forward to this,” said Fr. Chris. “This will be a great opportunity for two friends to share the greatest message the world has ever known.”


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