Undefeated – best sports film of the year

The nation, indeed the world, is enthralled by Jeremy Lin, the undrafted humble Harvard underdog who has stunned the NBA and the New York Knicks with his performances on the basketball court these last couple of weeks.But hidden in the deep South, somewhere around the decrepit environs of North Memphis, Tenn., a high school football team struggles to succeed just as it did in 2010 when The Tigers, the school’s football team, for the first time in the school’s 110 year history, made it to the pl … [Read more...]

Stay Awake! Advent readings inspire Occupy LA arrest

Last Sunday night at the launch for Jeff Dietrich's book "Broken and Shared" he ended the readings with an Advent reflection he had just written a few days before. It is very moving and gives a whole different view of the "occupy" movement.COMMENTARYThey came just before dawn; they came with fire trucks and ambulances and sirens blaring; they came in helicopters with rotary blades flapping; they came marching in lock step with helmets and visors and steel batons at "port arms." They came and … [Read more...]

New movie review site at RCL Benziger for Catechesis & Religious Education

 Click here to access site http://sisterrosemovies.com … [Read more...]

Have a Little Faith to air Sunday, November 27 (Hallmark Hall of Fame)

Have a Little Faith (Sunday, November 27, ABC, 9/8) is Mitch Albom's fourth book into a made-for-TV movie and the Hallmark Hall of Fame latest holiday offering.The movie will seem familiar territory for Albom fans at first, then it moves beyond the interview with a beloved mentor, to living the lessons learned. Based on a series of interviews, like "Tuesdays with Morrie", Albom (Bradley Whitford) visits Rabbi Lewis (Martin Landau) who asks Mitch to write and deliver his eulogy. Mitch accepts … [Read more...]

The Way with Martin Sheen – don’t miss it!

The panel for the special screening of THE WAY last Saturday night in Los Angeles; photo by Frederic CharpentierOn Nov. 5, Catholics in Media Associates (CIMA) of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in collaboration with Mt. St. Mary's College Chalon Campus, hosted a screening and panel discussion of Emilio Estevez's new film "The Way."  The main attraction, besides the film, was the participation of the film's star, Martin Sheen, his eldest son writer/director, Emilio Estevez, and producer David A … [Read more...]

Patrick Ferraro’s Remarkable Adoption Story

Here is an article I wrote for this month's St. Anthony Messenger about a man's search over five years and three countries to find his birth mother and the nun who helped him. Magazine publishing is so interesting: you have to turn in articles six months in advance! But here it is and I get goose bumps every time I read it - and I wrote it! The story has a B.K. rating (bring Kleenex).The photo is of Sr. Mary Joan Baldino, FSP, and Patrick Ferraro.November is National Adoption Month in the … [Read more...]

The Twilight Saga: Basically a love story

For a film essay by Sr. Hosea Rupprecht and I, visit The Tidings or a slightly different version at Arkansas Catholic. … [Read more...]

Introduction to Media Literacy & Church and Communication Online Courses Registration deadline May 26

If you've ever been frustrated at how to engage in our media culture in meaningful ways, consider taking one of these terrific online courses offered by the University of Dayton's Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation.Click here for the course description for Introduction to Media LiteracyClick here for the course description for Church and CommunicationI am the course facilitator for the intro to media literacy course; another fine catechist will facilitate Church and … [Read more...]

Storytelling for Life: Character Education in the Digital World

Click here for an article I wrote for the September-October Today's Catholic Teacher: Storytelling for Life: Character Education in the Digital World with a nod to  Film Clips for Character EducationStudy guides are avaiable online and a new series of study guides integrating media literacy and faith formation will be posted soon. … [Read more...]

Media Literacy Advanced Catechetical Specialization recognized at catechetical commissioning Sept. 13, Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Although only nine of the 56 catechists, youth and pastoral ministers who have received the Advanced Certificate in Media Literacy since we began the program in 2006 were able to attend the commissioning, it was a wonderful experience. Each received a certificate from Cardinal Mahony and here is our group just after.Actually, the entire ceremony was beyond beautiful. 2000 people were present at the bi-lingual (Spanish-English) evening prayer service, and 900 catechists received basic c … [Read more...]


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