During a crisis, Catholics instinctively turn to their faith for the grace they need to handle tough times. But what if the Church itself, the nation, and the world are also in crisis? How do we cope?
Discover the inspirational stories of people who are truly living their faith and making a difference in the Church and in this turbulent world when EWTN premieres the first five parts of a new “Faith and Life” mini-series. (Airs 5:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, March 8-12, on EWTN. See video promo here: PROMO faith and life.
Host and Film Director Campbell Miller, who EWTN viewers will know from his blockbuster docudramas “Hope: Our Lady of Knock,” and “Bravery Under Fire,”, kicks off the half-hour episodes with a focus on Fr. Richard Gibbons, rector of the famous Knock Shrine in Ireland.
Episode 2 will focus on Fr. Joseph Mary of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Fr. Joseph helped turn around a gang-run housing estate in Limerick, Ireland using lessons learned from his own teenage years and his conversion experience to evangelize the improve the lives of those around him. In this action-based mini-series, you’ll see Fr. Joseph take kids rock climbing and motorcycle riding, which are two of his own passions.
In another episode, you’ll meet Fr. Martin O’Hagan, a member of the multi-platinum album selling group “The Priests,” Other priests interviewed include Father La Flynn, Prior of the Lough Derg pilgrimage site in Ireland, which is also known as St. Patrick’s Purgatory; and Fr. Patrick Peyton, nephew of the rosary priest by the same name.
“These people didn’t have to give up their hobbies and interests to become priests,” Miller said in explaining his interest in his first round of guests. “Their interests actually added something to their ministry. They used these talents to reach out to young people, taking them out rock climbing and fishing, or to a concert singing hymns to our Lord. I want to show that people within the Church are not these two-dimensional figures. There’s much more to them than that.”
However, this week is only the beginning. As the pandemic eases, Miller plans to travel the world to interview a number of fascinating lay people, who are living inspirational lives as well, but you’ll have to tune in to find out who they are!
“Whether we interview clergy or lay people, I think people would like to know their faith journey, their testimony, what brought them to the Church. Each episode showcases a different personality,” says Miller, a former teacher who found that kids think teacher’s lives, like those of priests, end when class or Mass ends.
Says Miller: “Despite the way secular society is attacking us. there are some really positive things happening in the Church. We need people to see this is really a living Church. I want to break down any preconceptions someone might have. Such great things are happening. We really need to be shouting about it.”