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

The Daniel J. Kane Award 2014 University of Dayton

  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...]

Cesar Chavez’ last fast frames new documentary

Ethel Kennedy gives Communion to Cesar Chavez as he ends the 36 day fast that frames the documentary "Cesar's Last Fast"

If you ask director and filmmaker Richard Ray Perez if the story of Cesar Chavez chose him or if he chose to tell Chavez's story, he would say both.Following the screening of his new film, "Cesar's Last Fast," at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Film Showcase March 14, he told the audience that when he was 5 years old in the late 1960s, he first became aware of the table grape boycott while eating lunch at Head Start.Perez came from a family of migrant workers, but it was a … [Read more...]

“Heaven is for Real” is a compelling story, not a canned sermon

Connor Corum in "Heaven Is For Real" (CNS/Sony)

By now, most people know that I am not a fan of the "Christian" movie genre when these films are more about teaching than storytelling and making sure audiences get "the message" rather than trusting them to use their own moral and religious imagination to savor the story. These films might be movies, but they are certainly not art. In response to the film "God's Not Dead," I wrote an essay called "How movies can save people," and I make the distinction between "Christian" genre films that are … [Read more...]

“Joan of Arcadia” Lenten Film Series #6

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In today’s episode of The Lenten Film Series, Joan of Arcadia sits down with God in the form of a master chess player to play an unforgettable game of chess--rules and all. Don't miss this eye-opening scene! It's blended with my interview with series creator Barbara Hall who has just completed filming the pilot for her new television show "Madam Secretary". Click here for the link to the questions for reflection and conversation about this week's "Joan of Arcadia."Click here for … [Read more...]

“Does porn hurt children?” NYTimes reporter asks

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 Last week I saw this article on New York Times website: Does porn hurt children? by David Segal, a business reporter for the NYTimes. The answer is yes but causal links cannot be established and probably never will be. He outlines the difficulty in researching the answer to this question because of the ethics involved, never mind the illegality of showing porn to kids for the sake of research. Then he has some recommendations that are consistent, though not as comprehensive, with … [Read more...]

I AM with director Tom Shadyac LENTEN FILM SERIES Week 5

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 Today's latest episode of our Lenten Film Series from the INNdustry with Sister Rose on the INNetwork features director/filmmaker Tom Shadyac (known for his comedies Liar, Liar; Bruce Almighty; Evan Almighty; Ace Ventura Pet Detective) talking about a serious brain injury and how it changed his life. His film I AM follows his journey - perfect for Lent.Click HERE for the film clip and my interview with Tom.Hope your Lenten journey is filled with peace and … [Read more...]

Cesar Chavez – my on camera review

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Here's my online video review of "Cesar Chavez" along with insights and excellent comments by the director Diego Luna and Cesar Chavez' son Paul Chavez. This goes along well with my written review from The Tidings last week. Click here for the print review    … [Read more...]

“Desert Wedding” a bridezilla’s wedding day – Episode 4 Lenten Film Series

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 Watch what happens to this bride-to-be, Marissa, on her wedding day in the desert - it turns out to be a real desert experience. This is our fourth week!  Click here to see the entire Lenten Film Series … [Read more...]


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