Mary in the Movies

Mary in the Movies

As part of the (30048) theology course, "Know Your Catholic Faith: Mary in the Movies", the Institute for Church Life, with co-sponsorship from the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is hosting a set of three lectures focusing on the role of Mary in the Movies.

The intersection of theology and secular culture presents the monumental challenge of depicting what escapes all visual categories: transcendence and mystery. For more than a century, the Blessed Virgin Mary has caught the imagination of filmmakers of religious, agnostic, and even atheist affiliations. The results range from being in harmony with the Christian faith to sacrilegious portrayal/caricature. This course will examine a variety of films about the Blessed Virgin Mary in view of their scriptural, doctrinal, and spiritual presentation of Mary of Nazareth: her election, vocation and mission from God.

March 15, 2016: 7:00pm
Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

The Virgin Mary on Screen: Mother and Disciple
Lecture by Catherine O'Brien, Ph.D., Kingston University, London, author of  "The Celluloid Madonna: From Scripture to Screen." This lecture is part of the academic course "Know Your Catholic Faith: Mary in the Movies."

April 5, 2016: 7:00pm
105, Jordan Hall of Science

Screening of the movie “Full of Grace” including Q/A with Eric Groth, President of Outside da Box and Executive Producer of Full of Grace and T.J. Berden, Producer for Outside da Box and Full of Grace.

April 19, 2016: 7:00pm
Carey Auditorium, Hesburgh Library

Interpreting Marian Allusions in Film
A lecture by Michael Duricy, S.T.L., from the International Marian Research Institute, University of Dayton.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Danielle Peters at  or 574.631.2894