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Film on consecrated life at Cathedral May 15

May 1, 2015

 “The Bride,” an 18-minute documentary highlighting the lives of religious sisters in the United States, will be shown in a pre-screening at St. Mary’s Cathedral St. Francis Room at 7 p.m. May 15. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will occur at 6 p.m.

The film was produced by Grassroots Films for the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in conjunction with the Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis. The Year of Consecrated Life began the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 30, 2014, and will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, 2016. The premier of the film will be in November, said Joe Campo, executive producer of the film and co-founder of Grassroots Films, a Brooklyn, New York-based film company.

“’The Bride’ emphasizes the risk and reward of letting everything go for God. The challenging questions of the modern world – does life have meaning? Is God real? Find a new and unexpected response in the sisters’ bold proclamation that God is enough to satisfy the desires of the human heart,” according to materials about the film.

The film is short, at 18 minutes, because “It leaves time for discussion and question and answer,” said Campo.

Two women religious who are advisers to the board of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious and who were involved in the conceptualization, filming and production of the film will be on hand to talk about it. They are Sister Clare Matthiass, community vicar of the Community of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, and Mother Mary Clare Roufs, mother general of the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus.


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