Using Popular Film and Television in Catechesis: A Conversation with Sr. Rose Pacatte, F.S.P.

         Saturday, February 16 at 9:30am to 12:00pm UH - University Hall, 1000 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045In a lecture on film ethics, a minister once asked his students: “up until 50 years ago, people learned values, ethics, morals, and spirituality through their sacred texts and clergy. Today, much of our culture learns about these things through the movies. How can we enhance our lives through a deeper understanding of this powerful media?”This question and others will be … [Read more...]

Listening to Flannery O’Connor

I was chatting with an acquaintance recently about Flannery O’Connor (1925 – 1964) when he told me about a recent find and that it is available on the Internet.In January 2012 “Deep South” online magazine  editor Erin Z. Bass wrote: “Professor of English with a focus on Southern lit and women’s studies at UL Lafayette, Dr. Mary Ann Wilson was cleaning out her office and came across an old audio reel labeled ‘Flannery O’Connor.’ It turned out to be a recording of the author’s 1962 lecture at the … [Read more...]

“The Way” Special screening and panel UCLA May 31, 2012

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Apocalyptic Themes in Cinema

Click here  to view the presentation I gave last night at St. Monica's Parish in Santa Monica, CA. The film clips are missing but the list of the films I referenced are in the last slide. (Thanks to Mary Sperry; she'll know!) … [Read more...]

Hope&Joy Communication and Culture program begins!

Hi everyone!I am so happy to be here in South Africa again, to be part of a two-year program to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. I will only be here for a month, however!Please visit my blog at the National Catholic Reporter for updates.  … [Read more...]

Our Media World book signing Saturday, Jan 30th Paulist Book Store, Costa Mesa, CA 1-4 pm

Please join Sr Gretchen and I, the authors, for this book signing and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the Paulist Book Center in Costa Mesa: OUR MEDIA WORLD: Educating Kids K-8 about Faith & Media book signing this Saturday, January 30, at the PAULIST BOOK CENTER 801 Baker Street (just off the 405 after Fountain Valley if going south) Costa Mesa, CA 92626-4347(714) 545-8021 from 1-4pm. Sr. Gretchen and I will be on hand to sign copies of our new book! … [Read more...]

Media Literacy Certificate course UPDATE

For those of you who are already registered for the Certificate in Media Literacy Program July 19 -25, be sure to visit Latest News! Media Literacy Certificate Program. Just posted a couple of exciting new additions to the faculty and curriculum!If  you haven't yet registered, click here Media Literacy Certificate Program REGISTRATION FORM, scroll down, and copy and then paste the form into a Word document, print out and send today with the registration fee ($195.00) to the address on the fo … [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...]


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