Faith on the Frontlines

Livestream starts Wednesday, May 13 @ 3PM

A Catholic Response to the Global Health Crisis

What role does faith play in navigating complex medical questions raised by the pandemic? Join us for a candid conversation with Catholic healthcare leaders about the tough realities facing medical professionals battling Covid-19 and other crises, both here and abroad, and how the lens of faith helps keep the dignity of the whole person — their family and even the healthcare workers themselves — sharply in focus. Featured participants include, Bruce Wilkinson, President & CEO of Catholic Medical Mission Board and Dr. Mary Leahy, CEO Bon Secours Charity Health System. Father Matt Malone, S.J., Editor in Chief of America Media will moderate.

A Conversation with Jeannie Gaffigan

Producer, television writer and author Jeannie Gaffigan joins The Sheen Center’s David DiCerto for a conversation about the importance of faith, family and laughter in getting us through these difficult times. She will also share how her own life-threatening health scare has given her a new perspective on the redemptive power of suffering, recounted in her latest book, When Life Gives You Pears: The Healing Power of Family, Faith and Funny People. Watch Wednesday May 20 at 3:00 pm here, Facebook Live or our YouTube channel!    

A Conversation on Foster Care and the New Film, “The Ride”

 From the inspiring true story of extreme sports legend John Buultjens, THE RIDE follows John McCord, an athletically gifted youth who triumphs over a troubled upbringing. After a violent, racially-charged incident lands John (Shane Graham) in juvenile detention, he is finally placed with an unlikely set of foster parents, Eldridge (Ludacris) and Marianna Buultjens (Sasha Alexander), an interracial couple who want to provide a fresh start for the tormented youth. Eldridge makes it his mission to overcome the challenges of John’s white supremacist upbringing and slowly begins to forge a relationship through his foster son’s fascination with extreme sports by giving John his first bike. Rooted by this newfound passion, the family builds a bond of mutual respect, love and together they speed toward BMX glory and ultimately, redemption.

THE RIDE is from the inspiring true story of extreme sports legend John Buultjens (Shane Graham) who escapes an abusive white supremacist upbringing and forged a better life through the love and life lessons of his interracial foster parents (Ludacris and Sasha Alexander).

Mike Mangione – “Hearts Against the Grain”

Singer-songwriter, musician, and friend of The Sheen Center, Mike Mangione shares an exclusive sneak peek recording of his new song, “Hearts Against the Grain”and encourages us not to lose sight of what is important during these trying times.

Vanessa Williams with Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.

Join America Media for a powerful conversation on how Catholics can fight racism with Sheen Center board members America editor-in-chief Fr. Matt Malone, SJ and actor, singer, dancer, author Vanessa Williams.

Black Women and the Ballot – American Slavery Project

Black Women and the Ballot premiered on June 19th and was available  for viewing through June 30, 2020.

From American Slavery Project, the company that brought you Haunted Files and Unheard Voices at The Sheen Center, comes three short radio plays about the rebellions large and small that Black women mounted for the right to vote.

Featuring Gabrielle C. ArcherLynnette R. FreemanMontana Lampert Hoover, Celestine Rae, and Phylicia Rashad. 

“I Can’t Breathe” by Bro. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

“I Can’t Breathe” by Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS.

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Brother Mickey writes, “Like everyone else around the country – and the world – I was shocked and horrified to watch over and over again the hideous murder of George Floyd. As always when I encounter or experience something which cuts into my heart in a place too deep for words, I create a visual image.

It was Pentecost weekend, normally a time to celebrate the Holy Spirit breathing us into new life with fiery tongues; a time to celebrate our unity in the midst of the beautiful diversity of the human family. But I wasn’t feeling that fiery Pentecost spirit as I witnessed the painful wound of racism festering once again in our city streets in a most sadistic and frightening way.

This image is derived from a set of Stations of the Cross which I created following a life-changing trip to Kenya in 2018. This one of Jesus pinned under his cross immediately reminded me of the image of George Floyd, now seared into our collective consciousness, as he lay pinned under the devil’s knee. Fortunately, this is not the end of the story. Jesus caught his breath, and continued forward, and rose from the dead and sent His spirit to each of us. Forever.”

Black Stories Matter with Judy Tate

A conversation with Judy Tate about the power of using personal narratives to illuminate moments of historical significance. Judy is the Co-Founder & Artistic Director of The American Slavery Project. 

In case you missed American Slavery Project’s “Black Women and the Ballot” event featuring Phylicia Rashad, you can view it here through June 30th.

Joe Melendrez – “Sacred”

Joe Melendrez is one of America’s most exciting and dynamic Catholic performers, a natural MC. Joe decided to dedicate his life to sharing the Good News at age 15. Now a husband and father, his ministry includes four major Catholic hip-hop albums, a faith-based clothing line, as well as speaking and leading retreats for teens and young adults. Joe performs “Sacred” from his album Kingdom Come for us.

Anne Smith

Quilt by Anne Smith

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The inspiration behind the Gabriel quilt is from a thought: what does angel Gabriel do on his days off? I imagined him wearing sneakers and being very active in the world. All angels are active, especially our guardian angels, who are very much with us, guiding and encouraging us and bringing a sense of hope. They prompt us to do acts of kindness to one another and receive unexpected kindness from others.

In the quilt, the guardian angel has an easy dialogue with children who are open to asking questions and engaging in conversation.

Pope Francis said Christians should heed God’s command to “be attentive and obey” their guardian angel and listen to “their inspirations, which are always from the Holy Spirit.”

“I would like to ask you all a question: Do you speak to your angel?” the Pope asked. “Do you know the name of your angel? Do you listen to your angel? Do you let yourself be taken by the hand along the path or pushed to move?”

By obeying their guardian angels, he said, Christian men and women can avoid the dangers of taking the wrong path or, worse, leaving the path and going “from one place to another like in a labyrinth that ensnares.”

He encouraged Christians to pray and speak to their guardian angel who “is not only with us but also sees God the Father.”

“The angel is the daily door toward transcendence, to the encounter with the Father,” Pope Francis said. “The angel helps me walk along the path because he looks at the Father who knows the way. Let us not forget this traveling companion. As yourself: How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him? Do I ask him to watch over me when I sleep? No one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone.”

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