NEW YORK – Kindly Light, the filmmaking branch of the Dominican Friars Province of Saint Joseph, is raising funds at indiegogo.com for their provocative new documentary with unseen film of Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Starting with the example of Saint Paul’s failure to convert the Greeks in Athens, Sheen urges his fellow priests to stop preaching a “weak” and “emasculated” Christ.
Father Kevin Gabriel Gillen, O.P., executive producer of Fulton Sheen: The Art of Preaching, wants to share Sheen’s compelling lessons with Catholics and all people of goodwill. He has a fundraising deadline of May 8; the $59,000 budget is modest for a broadcast-quality DVD; and young Catholic convert, blogger and speaker Brandon Vogt is leading the way with his generous donation of $750.
By 1972, Archbishop Sheen had seen the hazardous results of some priests distorting Vatican II reforms. Therefore, he went to Washington, D.C. and preached, “It is vain to say that people are staying away from churches because they do not like our preaching. They are staying away not because we preach a bit of sacrifice, but because we’re giving a kind of sociological drivel too often instead of Christ in Him crucified.”
Fulton Sheen: The Art of Preaching examines the power of Sheen’s preaching and features exclusive interviews with renowned Catholic scholars.
Venerable Archbishop Sheen is the American prelate of the 20th century who became famous on radio and TV, in addition to his missionary work and contributions to theology. From 1952-57, Sheen’s TV series Life Is Worth Living was a national hit with over 30 million viewers. Now his cause for canonization is well underway.
Scholars in the film include Cardinal Christoph Schönborn; Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., postulator for Archbishop Sheen’s cause for canonization; Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.; Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.; Fr. George Rutler, S.T.D.; Fr. Paul Murray, O.P. and still others to be filmed.
Kindly Light’s credentials
The Dominican Friars Province of Saint Joseph are chaplains of the Catholic Center at New York University. Kindly Light was started in December 2010 by Father Gillen, O.P. and NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate Robert Duncan. In less than three years, Kindly Light has produced six beautiful documentaries, they have two in post production and are proceeding on the Sheen feature. Kindly Light’s DVDs are sold at KindlyLight.org/dvd.
Father Gillen serves the Dominican order by promoting evangelization through media, especially Kindly Light, which is a small team of filmmakers dedicated to exploring and celebrating the drama and mystery of the human person in light of the Truth Himself.
Robert Duncan heads Kindly Light productions from Rome and works for Catholic News Service.
Kindly Light’s indiegogo fundraising campaign ends on May 8, 2013 – the 118th earthly birthday of Venerable Fulton Sheen.
See Father Gillen in the trailer for Fulton Sheen: The Art of Preaching @ http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/fulton-sheen-the-art-of-preaching–5