Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz


February 7, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Catholic Center, Holoubek Theatre
3500 Fairfield Ave, Shreveport
Free Will Offering - All are Welcome
Suitable for Ages 10 and Up
Info: 318.865.3581 or 360.487.9979
Actor-director and star of the 2004 major motion film THERESE, Leonardo Defilippis, will perform in Shreveport and this will be an exciting opportunity to see him perform live, offering his talented and reverent portrayal of a saint who literally gave up his own life in the Auschwitz concentration camp for a total stranger. His holy example has inspired and fostered seeds of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

On a recent tour in Pennsylvania, Leonardo asked an auditorium of children if they knew who various saints were. A few raised hands here and there, with only about a fourth at most at one time. When he asked who had heard of Adolph Hitler, all hands shot up. This serves as yet another wake up call that the evil figures in history are better known than all the saints put together. Our mission is to ensure that Christ and the saints are given better exposure and not forgotten. They must not be considered buried, gone, and irrelevant! Join us in making them known through this performance which offers a live, personal encounter with a modern saint!
Maximilian is a moving performance that will touch our whole community. Bringing sanctity to the performing arts is so important for our culture and world and this moving production will strengthen us and has the potential to convert souls. Live drama allows audiences to understand that sanctity is possible for everyone. Being in the presence of a real person portraying a saint awakens in the audience the fundamental truth that the Saints were real and human like themselves.
Leonardo Defilippis became well known for his dramas on Christ and the lives of the saints and has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, and in parts of Europe, but it was his grassroots hit movie THERESE, that made his name a household word in Catholic circles. His work has been aired on broadcast and network stations for decades. “I find a tremendous hunger for something that replaces the emptiness and decadence that we see on television, in the movies, and in our theaters,” he says. “I have dedicated my life to sharing the riches of the Catholic faith, the exciting drama of our history andtradition with audiences.”
This one-man performance runs about 90 minutes and suitable for ages 10 and older. Let’s start Lent of 2008 in the Diocese of Shreveport with this inspiring story of faith and love that is beyond measure! Call me at 318-865-3581or a (360) 487-9979 for more information on this exciting live drama.

Janice Gonzalez
Public Relations,
Saint Luke Productions

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