MANITOWOC — Zach Lulloff is perhaps best known throughout the community for his acting abilities.
For years, theater-goers have seen him perform a tremendous array of roles with The Masquers Inc., UW-Manitowoc, Treehouse Theater and the Forst Inn, to name a few.
He also has displayed acting skills for smaller audiences, like the time he portrayed a thief on the cross during the “Passion Play” at St. Boniface Church, and the time he handled the role of Barabbas for children attending a vacation Bible school camp.
But the 37-year-old Lulloff, who attends St. Francis of Assisi Parish, reaches out to the community off stage, as well, far from the spotlight.
Lulloff has assisted on and off for the past several years with jail ministry at the Manitowoc County Jail, where he reads Scripture to the men inside and listens to their concerns. “I don’t think the difficult things in life should be ignored,” he said. “It seemed like something I could do, so I started doing it.”
Lulloff also has provided support at The Haven of Manitowoc County, which offers shelter for homeless men. He has made meals at home and brought them to The Haven for shared, group dinners.
“It’s neat to meet people and help, just like at the jail,” he said. “You start to get a feeling of the common struggles between guys in jail and guys out of jail. You get a sense of what’s causing their struggles. You talk to someone you normally wouldn’t meet in day-to-day life, and you hear interesting stories.”
Lulloff has assisted at both St. Francis of Assisi and St. Peter the Fisherman parishes, as well, in the years since he returned to Manitowoc at the age of 24. He helped with Life Teen at St. Francis of Assisi, and volunteers with the Edge youth ministry at St. Peter the Fisherman.
At St. Francis of Assisi, he also is involved with the adoration chapel committee, and he has provided services to the care ministry and men’s choir.
Lulloff also embraces the opportunity to visit The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion with friends whenever possible.