The Departments of Fine Arts and Religious Studies at Misericordia University are co-sponsoring the screening of the documentary, "Outcasts,'' by Grassroots Films and a question-and-answer session on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in Lemmond Theater in Walsh Hall.
The award-winning producers of "The Human Experience'' and "Child 31" followed the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal across the globe on location in Bronx and Harlem, N.Y.; Newark, N.J.; Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Comayagua, Honduras; Bradford, England; and Limerick Moyross, Ireland. The hour-long film documents their work for the benefit of the most marginalized in society.
During filming, the crew traveled to the prisons of Central America, and walked the dark city streets and most treacherous neighborhoods of London, New York and Ireland, and into the lives of the modern day outcasts, according to Grassroots Films.
Founded in 1987 by eight Capuchin friars, the religious community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal works among the destitute, homeless, sickly, and imprisoned around the world offering them hope in the form of Christ.
"The friars are a remarkable group of men,'' K.V. Turley wrote for The Catholic World Report after screening the film. "Inspired by the Gospel, and by the example of St. Francis, they are as authentic as the message they preach. The film shows them at play with their street friends; going about those same streets handing out prayer cards or just embracing the people who come up to them and who feel reassured by their presence.
"The friars radiate peace. More importantly still, we see them at prayer and Eucharistic adoration, at Holy Mass, walking with their Rosary beads in hand,'' Turley's review added. "Not for one moment, or one frame for that matter, are we under any illusion as to why they do what they do.''
Admission to the screening and question-and-answer session is free. Free-will donations to the friars will be accepted. Grassroots Films says the film is for mature audiences only as it depicts tough neighborhoods and desperate situations.
A question-and-answer session will immediately follow the screening with Grassroots Film Executive Producer and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Campo and a friar from the religious community. Campo has produced other noteworthy films, including "The Human Experience,'' "Fishers of Men," and "God in the Streets of New York City'' as well as other notable short films and commercials. For more information about the presentation, please contact Christopher M. Carr, Ph.D., assistant professor of religious studies at Misericordia University, at (570) 674-6739 or at email@example.com.
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2017 edition of Best Colleges, and the Princeton Review recognizes MU as a 2017 Best Northeastern College, and is including in the 2017-18 "Best Colleges'' list compiled by MONEY Magazine.