Oregon priest balances love of acting with call to parish ministry family

In “Clue: The Musical,” David Sweeney stars as the (mostly) dead Mr. Boddy. Photo/Coaster Theatre Playhouse

By David Paulsen, Episcopal News Service

The Rev. David Sweeney has been an Episcopal priest for more than half his life. He’s been an actor even longer.

Sweeney is rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Seaside, Ore., where he has served since 1999. He also has about 60 shows under his belt as a regular performer with Coaster Theatre Playhouse in nearby Cannon Beach. His latest role was Mr. Boddy in the community theater’s production of “Clue: The Musical,” which played during the month of august. “I’m not necessarily a creative writer, but I can be creative in my performing.”…

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