Going to the NCCL in Detroit? See you there (maybe!)

I will be presenting a workshop on Wednesday morning, April 29th entitled: Household Saints or Desperate Housewives: is there anything holy or redeeming about the women of Wisteria Lane?The Secret Life of the American Teenager and Hannah Montana may be among Disney’s most popular ‘tween and teen girl shows, but what else are our girls watching? The women of Wisteria Lane consistently wins the 18-49 year-old demographic (along with Grey’s Anatomy) and have a significant teen audience as well. I … [Read more...]

Brave Knights and Heroic Courage and Holy Moments Lecture

Last November I had the privilege of responding to Walden Media co-founder Micheal Flaherty's lecture at USC. Here is the text of my response: The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC Religion and Film  Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies USC Lecture Series 2008-2009   Brave Knights and Heroic Courage and Holy Moments   Featured Speaker: Micheal Flaherty Co-Founder of Walden Media Producers of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian and Am … [Read more...]

See you at the NCEA April 14-16

Here's a good idea! If you will be attending the National Catholic Education Association conference this week at the convention center in Anaheim, first visit the booth of the Daughters of St. Paul/Pauline Books & Media (booth #634) where I will be signing books (as will Sr. Armanda Santos who has a beautiful new book out on st. Paul and Art).You may also want to attend one of my workshops:Tuesday, April 14Cinema Divina: shared Praxis and Prayer - Room 304 1:30pmNavigating Our Media … [Read more...]

Day of Prayer for Lent by Open Call

  Through the Desert to Renewal A Lenten Day of Prayer and Reflection     Co-sponsored by Loyola Marymount University Center for Religion & Spirituality   A day of peace & meditation concluding with a Mass for those wishing to participate                                                                     with Fr. Ron Schmidt, S.J. Priest, filmmaker, retreat director   Saturday, March 14, 2009          9:00 am ‘til 4:00 pm ~ please arrive by 8:30 to sign in   LOCATION:  Collins Alumn … [Read more...]

First Parish Movie Theater in US Dedicated

THE VALLEY THEATER at Holy Spirit Parish, Fremont, CA  Dedicated February 8, 2009 (The first movie theater at a Catholic parish in the USA as far as I have been able to determine.) This posting has photos of the theater, dedication, and an interview I had with Deacon Bill Drobick, the visionary pastoral leader, who led the capital campaign and designed this unique religious education center that includes a movie theater that provides a "space" for faith and life to meet. The Valley Theater is … [Read more...]

Sr. Rose & Fr. Ron Schmidt, SJ, may be on the Oscar show!

Bright and early this morning, accompanied by Sr. Hosea M., I went to the Sony Studios lot (down the street; formerly the MGM lot) to do an on-camera interview about "why I love movies" for a 3-minute film to lead off the Academy Awards show on Sunday, February 22.80 people are being inteviewed for this short film, including such luminaries as Mickey Rooney (the small building where he and Judy Garland attended school while making movies can still be seen when you take the Sony tour). So, the … [Read more...]

St. Paul Goes to the Movies during Lent

Themes in Paul as Reflected in Contemporary Film Paul's themes of experience of God, life as participation, spiritual transformation, and how we are a new creation in Christ will be explored using clips from significant films that can inspire our Lenten journey.   SPEAKER -  SR. ROSE PACATTE, FSP Director, Pauline Center for Media Studies Columnist, St. Anthony Messenger Press; author of articles on media literacy and film and spirituality in The Tidings, U.S. Catholic, The Bible Today; Co … [Read more...]

Potluck Oscar Party

The Pauline Center for Media Studies is hosting our annual potluck Oscar Party on February 22. If you are in the neighborhood (Culver City, CA) and would like to come, send me an email (rpacatte@paulinemedia.com )and I will send you an Evite (space is limited that's why it is by Evite only). … [Read more...]

Church & Communication Online Course Begins January 11, 2009

This is to let you know that the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (http://vlc.udayton.edu) is offering this course beginning on January 11, 2009. The course description and information is below. I am the facilitator for the course for this session and it is one of my favorites. Do you know the Church's real attitude toward the media - or think you know it? Consider joining our class and discover the joy of communication's theology, spirituality, and their … [Read more...]

City of Angels Film Festival Dates Announced

   www.cityofangelsfilmfest.org     CITY OF ANGELS   F I L M F E S T I V A L    FEBUARY 27, 28 & MARCH 1 2009 | THE DIRECTORS GUILD | 7920 SUNSET BLVD | LOS ANGELES, CA … [Read more...]