On Sunday, April 9, the Council of Catholic Women at Holy Family Catholic Parish in Orlando will be airing the documentary The Original Image of Divine Mercy, the story surrounding the original work of art commissioned by St. Faustina and painted in Vilnius, Lithuania, by an uncelebrated artist. Director Daniel DiSilva will be speaking after the movie during a question and answer session. DiSilva will also have what he calls a replica-relic of the image along with other artifacts from the movie.
Through a series of interviews with key witnesses the importance of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the famous man-made image are revealed. The movie features exclusive interviews with first-hand eye-witnesses, as well as Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles (Word on Fire), author George Weigel (Witness to Hope), Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz (Kraków), Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (Vienna), author Fr. Leo Maasburg (spiritual director and confessor to Blessed Mother Teresa) author Immaculée Ilibagiza (Left to Tell), Fr. Dwight Longenecker (Standing on My Head), and many others.
The film also features conversations with comedian Jim Gaffigan (The Jim Gaffigan Show), and multiple Grammy and Emmy Award-winning musician Harry Connick, Jr. (American Idol), and Fr. Karl Wallner from the Cistercian Abbey in Stift Heiligenkreuz, Austria, home to the Billboard chart-topping Chant CDs.
Shot across the U.S. and Europe, the film features never-before-seen close-up images of the original painting in Vilnius (Lithuania), the permanent home of the Original Image.
Doors open at the Holy Family Parish Life Center at 6:30 p.m., movie 7:30-9:10 p.m. Free-will offering accepted. Divine Mercy materials available for purchase.
For more information or to inquire about bringing this film to a parish, school, theater, or event, interested groups and individuals can visit www.divinemercyfilm.com or email Melissa Cervantes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 210-232-7647.
This film has been endorsed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization at the Vatican: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/new-evangelization/index.htm.