In an interview with Kira Albin, the interviewer describes a story Rooney told him about how he came into his faith:
At a Lake Tahoe casino coffee shop over breakfast, Rooney was greeted by a busboy with “blond curls, a white-rose complexion, and shining teeth.” When the man called his name, Rooney started to stand, thinking he had a telephone call. But the busboy leaned toward him and whispered in his ear, “Mr. Rooney, Jesus Christ loves you very much.” Then he left. Minutes later, Rooney looked for the busboy, but nobody knew of one who met Rooney’s description and he was nowhere to be found.