What are Cinema Divina & Media Mindfulness? Find out on our Webathon page

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Over the past week we Daughters of St Paul of the US/Toronto province have been engaged in a novena online Webathon to raise much needed funds to continue and develop our ministry of communicating God's Word to all people using today's modern media. Each day of the Journey of Discovery Webathon has a theme that reflects prayer and one of the many aspects of our apostolate. There is also a place where anyone can submit their prayer intentions which we take very much to heart in our … [Read more...]

Movie reviews and study guides for catechists and parents – and kids!

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  Late last year I began doing video reviews and writing study guides for the catechetical publisher RCL/Benziger through the website Sister Rose Goes to the Movies.Click here for a brief introduction about why a nun is reviewing movies!Here is a list of the video reviews and guides that you can play in class or for groups; you can download the guides and make copies for reflection and conversation:The Dark Knight RisesHow to Talk to Kids about the Aurora T … [Read more...]

Cinema of our Golden Years

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My "On Faith and Media" column in the September 2012 issue of St. Anthony Messenger Erma Bombeck (1927–1996), the popular Catholic humorist, captured a Christian attitude about the afterlife: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’” Bombeck also had a keen sense of what often drives cinema’s storytelling about aging: “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic wh … [Read more...]

Bows, arrows and a sword: Girls rock this year on film

Princess Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, in Disney/Pixar's "Brave"  (Disney/Pixar)

2012 is turning out to be a banner year for films with significant female lead characters: warriors, weapons and all.With an estimated budget of $185 million, the new Pixar/Disney 3-D animated feature, "Brave," opened June 22 and grossed $66 million. Made on half that budget, "The Hunger Games" opened March 25 with a box office of $152.5 million and has brought $400 million in North America and nearly $650 million worldwide. (The DVD is due out Aug. 18.) "Snow White and the Huntsman," made … [Read more...]

Sister Rose’s blog reaches 500,000 hits today

Since I moved my blog to Wordpress on October 5, 2008 I never dreamed of 500.000 hits or page views. In this day of YouTube videos getting a million hits in a day or an hour, this half million in three years eight months, an average of 300 hits a day with 2,900 in one day in 2010, does not seem like much in the virtual scheme of things. Yet it provides me with a motive of thanksgiving for the Internet and the gift of communication between God's people the world over and who knows? Maybe the … [Read more...]

Along the Way & The Golden Voice book reviews – on time for Fathers Day

By Sr. Rose PacatteA Golden Voice: How Faith, Hard Work, and Humility Brought Me from the Streets to Salvation By Ted Williams (with Brett Witter) Penguin, New York $26 hard coverAlong the Way: The Journey of a Father and a Son By Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez (with Hope Edelman) Free Press, New York $27 hard coverTwo books were released in May about what it means to be a man: a father, a son and a grandfather, too. Both are apologias more than memoirs and both have a strong faith … [Read more...]

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

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

Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media heads to the printer!

 Here is the cover, front and back! OUR MEDIA WORLD by Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM and I, will be published by Pauline Books & Media www.pauline.org in January, 2010 (God-willing and nothing unforeseen arises). More information to follow!Along with our 2007 book MEDIA MINDFULNESS: EDUCATING TEENS ABOUT FAITH & MEDIA (St. Mary's Press, www.smp.org), with the publication of OUR MEDIA WORLD, teachers, catechists, parents, youth ministers, those engaged in pastoral ministry for parents, … [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...]


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