Saint John Vianney Coming to Freeport Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vianney Drama Captivates Audiences and Renews the Heart of the Church Event: Vianney, the live theatrical production performed by acclaimed actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions.
Details: Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00pm 229 W Washington Place, Freeport, IL 61032
Admission: $12 each pre-sale, $15 each at the door, Free for ages 17 and under Suitable for Ages 10 & Up Tickets & Information: Cynthia Saar, (815) 232-7400 www.stjosephstmary.com
About the Production: Vianney, a popular live production, filled with all of the elements of professional theater, a moving musical score, full theatrical lighting, and a video backdrop offering a full cast of characters, creating a fast-paced and engaging drama. More than 100,000 people have seen over 200 performances of this gripping drama, which began touring the U.S. as a part of the worldwide celebration of the Year for Priests. Since then it has been the centerpiece for celebrations in parishes, seminaries, universities, schools, and pastoral conventions. The response has been overwhelming – young men have felt the call to the priesthood, audiences have a new appreciation for the Sacraments, and thousands of priests have been renewed and encouraged in their priestly vocations. After years of devastating scandals and of attacks on the priesthood in the Catholic Church, a renewal and revival of respect for the role of the priests is needed all over the world. To reinvigorate and inspire fervent prayer for vocations and a new and deeper understanding of this most important calling, Benedict XVI chose the beloved Saint John Vianney as the model of all priests. The one-man drama Vianney is not only a perfect introduction to the saint, but is a riveting performance which gives a new and encouraging answer to the question, “What is a priest?”
About John Vianney: John Vianney, commonly known as the Curé of Ars, lived in the era following the French Revolution, which had decimated the Catholic faith in France. A poor peasant, incompetent in his studies of Latin and theology, he was ordained anyway because of the shortage of priests. Father Vianney was then sent off to the obscure village of Ars, where the people had fallen into decadence, crime and debauchery. In his determination to save every single soul put into his care, he encountered tremendous resistance, and even violent supernatural attacks. Vianney courageously overcomes these attacks, and by his holiness, succeeds not only in reforming the lives of his parishioners, but also in drawing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the tiny parish, where people were willing to wait in line for days for a few minutes of his counsel. Vianney himself found the onslaught difficult to bear, and even tried to escape to a monastery to live and pray in peace. In the end, however, he returned to his flock, recognizing his role as “the shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.”
About the Actor: As founder and president of Saint Luke Productions www.stlukeproductions.com Leonardo Defilippis has, for over 35 years, produced numerous one-man and one-woman plays on the lives of the saints and the Gospels, and has created feature films, television and radio/internet programming. Defilippis is best known for directing and starring in the feature film Thérèse (2004).
“I find the character of John Vianney extremely endearing,” says Defilippis. “He was a truly eccentric character, wearing a ragged cassock, living on a diet of nothing but one potato a day, yet sparing no expense for the church or his children. His love and concern for the salvation of every single person he encountered came through in his every word and action. There is an urgency in him that is extraordinarily compelling and convicting
INFORMATION AT A GLANCE:
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00pm 229 W Washington Place, Freeport, IL 61032
Admission: $15 each, $12 each pre-sale, Free for ages 17 and under Suitable for Ages 10 & Up
Tickets & Information: Cynthia Saar, (815) 232-7400 www.stjosephstmary.com
Interview Contact: Leonardo Defilippis, actor, president and founder of Saint Luke Productions, is available for interviews by appointment and by phone. Contact Lisa Meany, Public Relations for Saint Luke Productions, 360487-9979, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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