Seeking a Path Forward

Exploring the most substantial issues that Christians grapple with today, through the life experience of Luigi Giussani

A discussion on the occasion of the publication of the book, The Life of Luigi Giussani, the first full-length biography of the founder of Communion and Liberation.


Alberto Savorana, author The Life of Luigi Giussani
Margarita Mooney, Associate Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Anujeet Sareen, Portfolio Manager at Brandywine Global, Philadelphia.

Monsignor Luigi Giussani (1922-2005), Servant of God, was the founder of the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation in Italy, which today has hundreds of thousands of adherents around the globe. In The Life of Luigi Giussani Alberto Savorana, who spent an important part of his life working and studying with Giussani, draws on many unpublished documents to recount who the priest was and how he lived. Giussani’s life story is particularly significant because it shares many of the same challenges, risks, and paths toward enlightenment that are described in his numerous and influential publications. Savorana demonstrates that the circumstances Giussani experienced and the people he encountered played a crucial role in defining his vocation. Illuminating details are shared about Giussani’s parents, professors, and friends in the seminary, the things he read, his priesthood, his experience teaching, misunderstandings and moments of recognition, and illness. Luigi Giussani considered Christianity to be a fact, a real event in human life, which takes the form of an encounter, inviting anyone and everyone to verify its relevance to life’s needs. This is what happened for so many people all over the world who recognized in this priest and leader, with his rough and captivating voice, not only a teacher to learn from, but above all a man to compare oneself with, a companion for the journey who could be trusted to answer the question: how can we live? In addition to providing the first chronological reconstruction of the life of the founder of Communion and Liberation, The Life of Luigi Giussani provides a detailed account of his legacy and what his life’s work meant to individual people and the Church.

Breakthrough – Exclusive Sneak Peek

From 20th Century FOX: BREAKTHROUGH  Based on real events, the film stars Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) as a woman whose 14-year-old son falls into an icy Missouri lake. After being unresponsive to resuscitation efforts for more than an hour, the teen, defying medical explanation, regains a pulse immediately after his desperate mother prays for a miracle.

The screening will be introduced by His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York and followed by a conversation with producer DeVon Franklin, director Roxann Dawson, and star Chrissy Metz 

Admission Free

About the Film

BREAKTHROUGH is based on the inspirational true story of one mother’s unfaltering love in the face of impossible odds. When Joyce Smith’s adopted son John falls through an icy Missouri lake, all hope seems lost. But as John lies lifeless, Joyce refuses to give up. Her steadfast belief inspires those around her to continue to pray for John’s recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. From producer DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven) and adapted for the screen by Grant Nieporte (Seven Pounds) from Joyce Smith’s own book, BREAKTHROUGH is an enthralling reminder that faith and love can create a mountain of hope, and sometimes even a miracle.

Author’s Night: Sohrab Ahmari

From Fire, By Water: An Evening with author Sohrab Ahmari

Journalist and former Wall Street Journal columnist, Sohrab Ahmari was a teenager living under the Iranian ayatollahs when he decided that there is no God. Nearly two decades later, he would be received into the Roman Catholic Church.

In From Fire, by Water, he recounts this unlikely passage, from the strident Marxism and atheism of a youth misspent on both sides of the Atlantic to a moral and spiritual awakening. At once a young intellectual’s finely crafted self-portrait and a life story at the intersection of the great ideas and events of our time, the book marks the debut of a compelling new Catholic voice.

Tickets: $15

*Student rush tickets will be available an hour before the event for $10 with a valid current student ID

Oz at 80

Come “over the rainbow” as we kick off our “1939: A Year to Remember” film series with a magical evening celebrating the 80th anniversary of MGM’s beloved, The Wizard of Oz.

The evening begins with a screening of the film on the Loreto Theater’s big screen and followed by a conversation with noted author, film historian and Judy Garland and Oz expert John Fricke, who will serve as our guide down the yellow-brick road, sharing fascinating facts and stories about the making of this Hollywood classic.

John Fricke


$20 Adults
$10 Children

*Student rush tickets will be available an hour before the event for $10 with a valid current student ID


Please pick up your ticket(s) by 6:50 p.m.  All tickets not picked up by that time will be made available to the waiting list and your seat(s) will no longer be guaranteed.



From FOX Searchlight Pictures, an advanced screening and discussion with director Dome Karukoski.

Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.

Admission Free

Rex Hausmann: Stations – Opening Reception

The New Ephesus started in a physical place – New York City as compared to ancient Ephesus. One a living city the other abandoned. Both cities were founded on trade and commerce. New York was founded by the Dutch, Ephesus by the Ionians. But The New Ephesus has ended up not being a place but an ideal. The New Ephesus, like the subject of time in New York, is relative.

The New Ephesus is found in the daily relationships and in a Facebook post. It is found in the meals we share with other people both cooked ourselves and prepared by others. The New Ephesus is found in the places we occupy sharing time with the people we are sharing time with, the paintings are remnants of paths questioned and ideas hashed out. The New Ephesus is like most things in life that are worthwhile, ephemeral. Like a good conversation with an old friend, it’s only here for a moment, gone the next, like the buildings in New York’s skyline, always changing.

Opening Reception: May 30, 6-8 PM

Art of The Ordinary – Opening Reception

Newspaper and show curated by former Sheen Center artists-in-residence Teresa Blackman and Joey Danaher

“I listen to the clock tick. Downstairs the thermostat has just stopped humming. God is in this room.” – Thomas Merton

Art of The Ordinary: Beauty in the Home presents work from more than twenty artists who graced the pages of our first three issues. Like the art in our newspaper, the art in the exhibition celebrates beauty in and around the Catholic Church by talented artists from around the world. Through a variety of media, from prints and paintings to lamps and pillows, we hope to lead families to a daily and ordinary encounter with beauty. We believe an encounter with beauty leads to an encounter with Christ. Enjoy the show because God is in the room.

Art of Enders Island – Opening Reception

Sacred Art Institute of St. Edmund’s Retreat

The Sacred Art Institute was founded to promote preserve and rediscover the role of sacred art in the story of salvation. During periods, the Church has told the story of the Gospel through images of Creation by sacred artists. This exhibit will provide a glimpse into mission and ministry of the Sacred Art Institute of St. Edmund’s Retreat on Enders Island, Mystic, CT. The exhibit will include examples of Byzantine iconography, illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy, stained glass, and woodcarving.



Romero: 30th Anniversary

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the acclaimed film Romero, starring Raul Julia as El Salvadoran archbishop and martyr, Saint Oscar Romero, who was recently canonized by Pope Francis.  The screening will be followed by a conversation with members of Paulist Productions who were involved with the making of this remarkable and timely film.

A conversation with screenwriter John Sacret Young (TV’s “China Beach”, ”The West Wing“) follows the screening.

Advanced Screening of “Evil”

EVIL is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.

Premiere Date: September 26, 2019 on CBS

Cast:Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Brooklyn Shuck, Skylar Gray, Maddy Crocco, Dalya Knapp

Created By:Robert King and Michelle King

The screening of PILOT episode will be followed by a talkback with Robert and Michelle King (Creators of The Good Wife and The Good Fight).

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