Pope Francis
Pope Francis

The Francis Effect: Movie and Discussion

Monday, January 27, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

St. Scholastica Monastery

From the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, he won the hearts of the people. His humility, simplicity and closeness to the poor reveal a man deeply in touch with the Gospel. His profile has soared. He has initiated a fundamental reform of the Roman Curia, challenged a “globalization of indifference,” and become the most talked about person in the world.

Join us to view this documentary created a year into Francis’ papacy. After the movie we will discuss reactions to how an ancient institution is rapidly changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis!

The Francis Impact: Movie and Discussion

Monday, February 3, 2020

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

(please note earlier start time)

St. Scholastica Monastery

*This recently completed documentary is a follow-up to the movie shown on January 27, “The Francis Effect.” Both were created by Sebastian Gomes of Salt and Light Catholic Media in Toronto, Canada. Each of these documentaries focuses on a different aspect of the papacy of Francis. Movies may be seen as a series, or independently from one another.

As courageous and popular as Pope Francis is, his impact cannot be restricted to a type of celebrity status. Francis himself does not like to be in the spotlight, but seeks to encourage and empower people of all walks of life to work together in a tangible way to build a better world.

Created to follow up on The Francis Effect made five years ago, The Francis Impact tells the stories of some of these individuals and communities who have been impacted by Pope Francis. They are stories of empowerment, unexpected collaboration and deep transformation, in the areas of ecology, migration, inter-faith dialogue and pastoral reform. Far from the corridors of the Vatican, the real Francis impact is lived and felt among ordinary people who have been inspired by the Pope’s call for more compassion, inclusion, sustainability and dialogue in a world torn apart. This is not a film about Francis changing the church; it’s a film about the Church changing the world.

Facilitator: Kevin Frederick Vaughan is the Director of the Braegelman Program in Catholic Studies and assistant professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Vaughan earned a Ph.D. in Theology at the University of St. Michael's College, a member school of the Toronto School of Theology, and served as a research fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. His research focuses on the spirituality of Thomas Aquinas, the intersection of faith and the imagination, and Laudato Si'.

Cost: Free will offering.

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