My acceptance speech “Sr. Rose Pacatte Receives 2014 Dane Kane Award”

  It's been some time now since I received the Daniel J. Kane Award from the University of Dayton - March 6, 2014, to be exact. I've had photos ready to post but I just discovered last week that the video of the presentation and my acceptance "speech" was posted on YouTube. You can see it below along with some photos of the very lovely event. I continue to feel humbled and grateful for this recognition.     … [Read more...]

“Small Change” Lenten Film Series 7th Episode – perfect for Holy Week

 A small but loving gesture from one sibling to another brings hope to a struggling family. This is the last episode in our Lenten Film Series and we hope you have enjoyed it!Here is my interview with Australian director Anna McGrath where she speaks about her inspiration for the film.Click here to access the entire Lenten Film Series and the questions for reflection and conversation … [Read more...]

U2’s Bono answers “Who is Jesus?”

In this brief interview posted over at CharismaNews, Bono, frontman for U2 answers that essential question, "Who is Jesus?" and others. Bono is known for his work -and music - for the poor, social justice, and the environment. It comes from somewhere …. … [Read more...]

“Black Nativity” – my interviews with the cast, director and Bishop T. D. Jakes

I truly enjoyed this film. The story is built around the play written by the poet and writer Langston Hughes.inspiring with a BK rating (bring Kleenex).Black Nativity: The INNdustry with Sr. Rose on the INNetwork  … [Read more...]

“Gimme Shelter” star Vanessa Hudgens on her role as a homeless, pregnant teen

I previewed "Gimme Shelter" yesterday; it comes out in January just around National Right to Life Day. This is based on a true story of  Apple (Vanessa Hudgens), one of the thousands of teens and women who are pregnant and homeless helped by a Catholic Christian laywoman Kathy DeFiore (Ann Dowd, who played a nun in the TV series "Nothing Sacred"). Kathy's work is extraordinary; the homes she has founded have helped women give birth to over 60,000 babies. My review will come out later but you can … [Read more...]

Savior on the Silver Screen – or – Meeting Jesus at the Movies

Meeting Jesus at the movies might seem impossible to some … but this session will look at sacramental ways to find God in the dark and secrets to discovering heroes who exemplify the teaching of the Lord Jesus in laughter and tears. It includes an analysis of "The Hunger Games" film as a cultural parable that engages the sacramental imagination (with thanks to Sr. Nancy Usslemann, FSP)This presentation was given at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis, Nov. 22, 20 … [Read more...]

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is haunting but ripe for discussion

In the months after "winning" the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are back home, living with their families at the Victors' Village in District 12. Their mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), has his own house there, too.Katniss and Peeta are preparing to embark on their Victory Tour. Katniss meets with Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), her soul mate who is now working in the mines and becoming more and more angry at what the … [Read more...]

T.H.I.N.K. Five ways to bridge faith and culture in a social media world

 Because so many folks wanted a copy of my presentation from "Roots+Wings National Religious Education Conference" in Durban this weekend, I posted it on SlideShare.net. I hope the links work! If not you can google the videos with the title that is on the slide.It was a wonderful conference. About 330 Catholic school principals teachers and Religious Education teachers attended. Religious Education is not catechesis in South Africa which happens in the parish, but a study, from … [Read more...]

You know that book I’ve been working on for 7 years? Lights, Camera, Faith: Beatitudes and Deadly Sins? It’s finished!

  Yes, it is finished. The fifth volume in the series Lights, Camera Faith by my co-author Peter Malone, MSH and me. Click here to see the other volumes. And it's not like Peter didn't do his work: he was finished long ago. I was the one who got behind and involved in many other projects. And gave in to writer's block when all it took was a clean desk and the will to do it! So the manuscript is off to the editor. Sure there will be corrections and other steps but the … [Read more...]

‘Family values’ entertainment needs to also tell great stories

There has been some interesting activity regarding faith-based entertainment this summer, including a summit between Hollywood and faith-based production companies, an analysis by the Vatican's newspaper of comic book superheroes, and the June 22 announcement by former U.S. senator and one-time GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum that he is now the CEO of EchoLight Studios, a Dallas company that will produce faith-based and family productions across all platforms.I was present at the wel … [Read more...]


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