Celebrate your Faith! Founded by Father Paulus Maria CFR in Germany in 2016, Gigfestival is a Catholic music festival that usually tours all over Germany, this year however, Gigfest is happening via video stream!
Catholic artists and musicians from all over the world join the festival to celebrate the joy and freedom of our Faith through the beauty of music and art. This year the musicians recorded live session videos at home to create a new our Gigfest@home experience!
We would like to extend a big thank you to Marie Scholz, co-organizer and host of Gigfestival, actress/director as well as our partners EWTN Germany and Radio Horeb for making Gigfest@home possible.
With a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, New Orleans native son Harry Connick, Jr. is the essence of a Renaissance man. Join Sheen Center Interim Executive Director David DiCerto for a conversation with the Grammy and Emmy Award winner about his musical career, his Catholic faith, his work with the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, and the tragic personal losses of two dear friends to COVID-19: mentor Ellis Marsalis, Jr. and Monsignor Richard Guastella, the priest who gave him his first job in New York, celebrated his wedding ceremony and baptized one of his daughters.
hey, everyone! here’s my new song, STARS STILL SHINE, dedicated to all of the incredible heroes who make our lives so much better everyday – especially the folks who don’t get the attention they deserve – this one is for YOU! this song is about how the stars still shine even behind the storm clouds – just like these heroes… all proceeds will go to the Ellis Marsalis Center For Music to benefit some incredible kids living in one of new orleans most underserved communities… i hope you like it!
An online conversation on Fr. Giussani’s distinctive proposal on faith and social commitment, put to the test in the current social unrest.
With Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law, Duke Divinity School.
John Zucchi, Professor of History, McGill University.
Moderated by Paolo Carozza, Professor of Law and Director, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame.
Christians in the US are facing the dramatic question of how to engage with major social issues like racism. Some feel that they have a duty to “do something,” while others fear the ideological and destructive mindset of some of the protest movements. Holding an original and creative Christian position is hard, and the temptation to align with one of the two major political sides is strong.
European Catholics faced a very similar dilemma in the wake of the historic student protests of 1968, and their experience still has something to teach us. The question of the engagement of Catholics in a society torn by civil strife was the subject of a deep reflection by Monsignor Luigi Giussani, the founder of the movement of Communion and Liberation. The very name of the movement he started reflected a conscious decision to try to bring what is most specific to Christianity (Communion) to bear on the aspirations for justice that shape our society (Liberation).
In an online conversation moderated by Prof. Paolo Carozza, renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas, and history professor John Zucchi will revisit a classic text by Fr. Giussani from 1976, “From Utopia to Presence.” In this text, Fr. Giussani addressed precisely the question of how Christians should participate in social life and respond constructively to the challenges posed by social justice movements like those active today in America.
About the Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity
Fr. Luigi Giussani is well-known as the founder of the Catholic movement Communion and Liberation. He is less known for being an original and innovative thinker and educator, who was able to break through the conventional opposition between liberalism and traditionalism, and to propose Christianity in a way that answers the challenges of our time. To make his thought known to a wider public, Crossroads, in collaboration with New York Encounter, has established the “Giussani Series on Faith and Modernity” to annually present a specific aspect of Fr. Giussani’s rich theological and pedagogical thought.
Flannery is available now until October 15th! Price: $12. Watch today!
If you order in advance, you will receive a link to view the film on Friday, October 2. If you purchase between October 2 and 15, your screening will be activated immediately upon purchase. You will have a week to watch the film from date of purchase. Once you begin viewing, you have 24 hours to complete watching the film. (Note the film can only be viewed in the United States of America).
Winner of the first-ever Library of Congress / Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, Flannery is the lyrical, intimate exploration of the life and work of author Flannery O’Connor, whose distinctive Southern Gothic style influenced a generation of artists and activists. With her family home at Andalusia (the Georgia farm where she grew up and later wrote her best known work) as a backdrop, a picture of the woman behind her sharply aware, starkly redemptive style comes into focus. Including conversations with those who knew her and those inspired by her (Mary Karr, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilton Als and more).
Flannery employs never-before-seen archival footage, newly discovered personal letters and her own published words (read by Mary Steenburgen) alongside original animations and music to examine the life and legacy of an American literary icon.
The Sheen Center’s David Di Certo talks with producer/co-writer Megan Harrington about her new documentary, Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton, the true story of the man behind the famous phrase, “The Family That Prays Together Stays Together.” He was a poor Irish immigrant whose plan to become a millionaire was derailed when, through Our Lady’s intercession, he narrowly avoided death. He became a priest on a mission to promote the Rosary and all family prayer, whether through mass media in Hollywood or with huge Rosary rallies around the world. Directed and edited by Jonathan Cipitti, this film will amaze and inspire you! Pray opens in select theaters on Friday, October 9.
A conversation with director Justin Baldoni and Laura Sobiech, the author of the book Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way and real-life mother of Zach Sobiech. “Clouds” tells the story of young musician Zach Sobiech, whose cancer diagnosis leaves him just a few months to live. With limited time, he follows his dream and makes an album, unaware that it will soon be a viral music phenomenon.
(Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and mature themes)
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