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Barbara Nicolosi on Beauty, Movies, Heroes and Liturgy

Benedictine College hosted the Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization.
Benedictine College hosted the Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization.

The Institute for Missionary Activity at Benedictine College, Kansas, had a great symposium Friday and Saturday. Barbara Nicolosi Harrington, founder of Act One: Writing for Hollywood and a screenwriter whose most recent project is Mary, Mother of the Christ,  wondered if the overwhelming response she got at Benedictine College was just because Kansans are so nice. I told her Yes, it was. But it was also something more.

She made a big impact on campus, and at Mass this morning people were still talking about it, and asking for links. So, here are some onf what came up in Friday’ night’s discussion …

Church of the Masses is Barbara Nicolosi’s blog, it includes her list “It’s not all Garbage” in the right-hand column … scroll down to find it.

As I said in my introduction, Barbara Nicolosi’s thought has helped shape my own approach to media, professionally and personally, for more than a decade. Here are the articles I mentioned, and two others I wanted to mention, and one more that she mentioned:

Will Merely Pious Movies Reach Them?

Kids Have the Right to Be Rightly Disturbed

Beauty Will Save the World

Easy Things the Church Can Do to Save the Culture

Art and Liturgy

Art and Priestly Formation

And, one Barbara mentioned:

Heroes in Story-Telling

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Tom Hoopes


Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II, The Fatima Family Handbook and What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, he served as press secretary of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman and spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine. His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Aleteia and the Register. He lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife, April, and has nine children.