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Documentaries: Christian Biography

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The Kelly Library collects resources to support the Faculty of Theology and the St Michael's College Christianity and Culture Program

This page lists documentaries about Christian men and women.

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Aidan

BR754 .A43 A5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about Saint Aidan, the seventh century Bishop of Lindisfarne. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Al Smith, Irish Catholic Politician

E748 .S63 A64 1996 DVD
30 mintues
A documentary about the New York Catholic politician. In 1928 he was the Democratic presidential candidate, but lost, in part because of anti-Catholic bigotry. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

Assisi: Home of St. Francis

BX4700 .F6 A875 2004 DVD
50 minutes
A tour of the major sites in Assisi which played a significant role in the life of Saint Francis.

Assisi Pilgrimage

DG975 .A8 A82 2006 DVD
120 minutes
In this documentary on Saints Francis and Clare, contemporary pilgrims discuss why they have followed in the footsteps of these saints by visiting Assisi, Rome, Greccio and La Verna.

Author of Reform

BX4705 .S8684 A9 1999 VHS
57 minutes
A documentary about Leon Joseph Suenens, the Belgian cardinal who played an important role at the Second Vatican Council.

Bede

PA8260 .B4 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Bede the Venerable, the eighth century monk most famous for his Ecclesiastical History of the English People. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Bernardin

BX4705 .B38125 B47 1998 VHS
57 minutes
A television documentary about the life of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago.

Billy Graham: God's Ambassador

BV3795 .G69 B5559 2006 DVD
122 minutes; released 2005
An authorized documentary about evangelist Billy Graham's life and ministry.

Blessed Josemaria Escriva: A Gift of God

BX4705 .E77 G53 1995 VHS
57 minutes
A documentary about the Spanish priest who founded Opus Dei.

Bonhoeffer

BX4827 .B57 B56 2003 DVD
90 minutes
A documentary about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Lutheran pastor who opposed the Nazis.

Brother André

BX4705 .A58 F73713 1985 DVD
88 minutes; released in 1987
The story of Brother André, who was credited for many miraculous healings and who founded what eventually became St. Joseph's Oratory in Montréal. Nominated for three Genies. In French with English subtitles.

The Canonization of Katherine Drexel

BX4705 .D755 C35 2000 VHS
70 minutes
A documentary about St. Katherine Drexel, the wealthy Philadelphia woman who founded a religious congregation to work among Native and African Americans.

Cardinal Newman at 2000

BX4705 .N5 C3745 2004 DVD
13 (30 minute) programs
Father John McCloskey shares the fruit of his doctoral dissertation about Venerable John Henry Newman.

Cardinal Newman, the Littlemore Years

BX4705 .N5 C374 2008 DVD
30 minutes
The story of John Henry Newman's work as an Anglican clergyman in the village of Littlemore.

Catherine of Siena

BX4700 .C4 C384 2006 DVD
approx. 360 minutes
A series examining the life of Saint Catherine of Siena.

Celtic Saints

BR748 .C425 2006z DVD
48 minutes
This film explores Celtic life and the role of religion in Celtic society.

The Company: Inigo and his Jesuits

BX 4700 L7 C667 2004z DVD
52 minutes; released 1992.
The Company examines the life and legacy of Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Also included on this DVD is Thomas Berry: Dreamer of the Universe, a conversation with the historian, environmental activist and poet Father Thomas Berry.

The Cross and the Switchblade

BV4464.5 .W522 2003 DVD
105 minutes
A feature-length movie adaptation of David Wilkerson's autobiography about his ministry among gang members in New York City.

Cuthbert

BX4700 .C8 C8 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about Saint Cuthbert, the seventh century Bishop of Lindisfarne. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Daniel Rudd, Founder of Black Catholic National Congresses

E185.97 .R83 D35 1999 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about an African-American lay Catholic journalist. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

Divine Mercy, No Escape

BX4705 .F266 D5 1994 VHS
47 minutes; released 1994.
The life of Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska.

Dorothy Day, Blessed are the Poor

BX4705 .D283 D62 1992 DVD
27 minutes
A documentary about the foundress of the Catholic Worker Movement. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

A Downright Account

BX4705 .N5 D68 1991 VHS
60 minutes
A documentary about the life and work of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the nineteenth century convert Catholic theologian.

Edith Stein

BX4705 .S814 E34 1996 VHS
90 minutes; released 1996.
A docu-drama about the life of Blessed Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a Carmelite nun who was killed at Auschwitz.

The Father Kino Story

BX4705 .K499 F38 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 1977.
A feature-film on the life of Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, a Jesuit missionary whose ministry was centred on Native Americans.

Faustina

BX4705 .F266 F37 2003 DVD
75 minutes; released 1994.
A feature film on the life of Saint Faustian Kowalska, based on the mystical experiences recorded in her diary. In Polish with English and Spanish subtitles.

Fifty Years of Thorns and Roses

BX4705 .P49 F53 2006 DVD
60 minutes
A 1973 documentary about the life of Blessed Pio of Pietrelcina, an Italian priest who received the stigmata.

The Fires that Burn: The Life and Work of Sister Elaine MacInnes

BV3705 .M24 F574 2005 DVD
48 minutes
A documentary about Sister Elaine MacInnes, classical musician, Zen master, and prison activist.

Fool for Christ: The Story of Dorothy Day

BX4705 .D283 F66 2007 DVD
52 minutes
Sarah Melici's one woman play about the life of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

Fount of Mercy

BX4705 .F266 F686 2006 DVD
approx. 300 minutes.
Father Jacques Daley visits those places in Poland which featured importantly in the life of Saint Faustina Kowalska.

Fourteen Flowers of Pardon

BX4700 .M368 F67 2006 DVD
60 minutes
A documentary about Saint Maria Goretti, the 11 year old girl who on her deathbed forgave the man who mortally stabbed her because she resisted his attempt to rape her.

Frances Cabrini, Mother of Immigrants

BX4700 .C13 F7 1994 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about Mother Cabrini, the saint who worked with Italian immigrants to the United States. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

Franz Jägerstätter: A Man of Conscience

BX4705 .J265 F72 2009 DVD
24 minutes
A documentary about Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, a farmer and father of four who was martyred by the Nazis for refusing to fight in the German Army in World War II.

G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense

PR 4453 .C4 Z52532 2001 DVD
14 (25 minute) episodes
This fourteen part television series presents the life and works of G.K. Chesterton, one of modern Catholicism's most famous and prolific authors.

Great Figures of the Bible

BS 571 .G73 2004 DVD
Part 1 (Full): 3 Discs, 6 hours. Part 2 (Abridged Educational): 1 Disc, 2 1/2 hours.
Narrated by Nobel Prize winning author Elie Wiesel, this series uses Histoical Reenactments and visuals of great works of art to tell the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Job, Moses, David.

The Grunt Padre in Vietnam

DS558.5 .C36 2004 DVD
60 minutes
A documentary about Captain Vincent Capodanno, a chaplain in the United States Marine Corps, who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1967.

Hild

BR754 .H5 H5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about Saint Hilda, the seventh century Abbess of Whitby. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen in Portrait, Ordo Virtutum

BX4700 .H5 H58 2008 DVD
239 minutes
A production of The Ritual of the Virtues, the oldest surviving European music-drama. Also includes two documentaries about Hildegard, and interviews with Mathhew Fox and Mary Grabowsky.

Historic Catholic Converts

BX4668 .A1 H58 1999 VHS
2 videocassettes containing 14 programs, 28 minutes each
The lives of famous converts to Catholicism, including G.K. Chesterton, Elizabeth Seton, John Henry Newman, Edith Stein, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, Malcolm Muggeridge, Ronald Knox, Jacques Maritain, and Cornelia Connelly.

In Good Conscience

BX1795 .H66 I5 2006 DVD
82 minutes
A documentary about Sister Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of New Ways Ministry, an organisation which advocates for change in the Catholic teaching about homosexuality and homosexual practice.

Isaac Hecker, Americanist

BX4705 .H4 I8 1993 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the founder of the Paulist Fathers. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

James A. Walsh: Fields Afar

BX4705 .W257 J36 2001 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the founder of the Maryknoll Fathers who pioneered the use of mass media to foster support for mission activities. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

JFK, RC

E842 .J62 1992 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the religious issue in the presidential candidacy of John F. Kennedy. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

John Courtney Murray, American Theologian

BX4705 .M977 J62 1995DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about an American theologian who was influential in the framing of the "Declaration on Religious Freedom" from the Second Vatican Council. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

John Ryan, Labor Priest

BX4705 .R83 J63 1992 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about Monsignor John Ryan who chartered the course of Catholic principles in social justice in the years following World War I. Part of the Catholic Life in America series.

Journey of the Heart: The Life of Henri Nouwen

BX 4705 .N87 J68 2003z DVD
56 minutes.
A look at the life of Henri Nouwen - a Catholic priest and one of the most popular spiritual writers of the late twentieth century.

Kateri Tekakwitha, Native American Saint

E90 .T24 K38 1994 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the Mohawk woman who was beatified in 1980.

The Life of C.S. Lewis: Through Joy and Beyond

PR6023 .E926 Z913 1979 DVD
60 minutes
A documentary about the life of C.S. Lewis with visits to his birthplace, school, and home at Oxford University.

The Lives of Great Christians

BR1700.3 .L584 2007 DVD
12 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

The Lives of the Apostles Paul and Peter

BS2510 .L54 2008 DVD
two programs (40 minutes and 29 minutes)
Rick Steves introduces two separate programs, “The Life of Apostle Paul” and “The Life of Apostle Peter”.

Love is a Choice: The Life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla

BX4700 .B3746L68 2004 DVD
52 minutes; released 2004.
The official documentary of the life of St. Gianna Beretta Molla with excerpts of the Canonization ceremony on May 16, 2004. Includes interviews with Pietro Molla and their children. Recommended for families, schools, university chaplaincies, marriage preparation, and lay ministry programs.

Teaching Company

Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation

BR333.3 .C37 2004 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Madwoman of God

BX4705 .M36 F65 2009 DVD
74 minutes; released 2008.

A lively and surprising portrait of Saint Marie de l'Incarnation, a French nun who founded an Ursuline convent in Quebec in 1639. In French with English subtitles.

Meeting Josemaria Escriva - Chile

BX819.3 .O68 M4 2002 VHS
29 minutes; released 2002
Documentary footage of the July 1974 visit of Saint Josemaria Escriva to Chile.

Merton

BX4705 .M542 M47 2004 DVD
57 minutes; released 1984.
A documentary about Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk who became a major twentieth-century spiritual writer.

Moses: Signs, Sacraments and Salvation

BS580 .M6 M6 2003 DVD
90 minutes
Best-selling Catholic author Stephen Ray takes the viewer to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel in his study of the prophet Moses. Part of The Footprints of God series.

Mother Teresa

BX4406.5 .Z8 M675 1986b DVD
82 minutes
A documentary about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Narrated by Richard Attenborough.

Mother Teresa: A Life of Devotion

BX4406.5 .Z8 M676 1997 DVD
50 minutes
A documentary about Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Part of the A&E Biography series.

Mother Teresa: The Legacy

BX4406.5 .Z8 M674 2004 DVD
55 minutes; released 2004.
The dramatic story of Mother Teresa's last day, her sudden death and her moving state funeral which was attended by the poor, the powerful and the rich from around the world. At the heart of this film we see and hear Mother Teresa reveal her simple but profound spirituality that, put into action, transcended religious, political and cultural boundaries and enabled her to open 500 homes for the poor in over 124 countries.

Oswald

BX4700 .O72 O8 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Oswald, the seventh century first Christian King of Northumbria. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

Padre Pio: A Great Man of Our Century

BX4705 .P49 P28 1994 VHS
60 minutes
A documentary about the life of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, an Italian priest who received the stigmata.

Padre Pio: Sanctus

BX4705 .P49 P29 2003 DVD
135 minutes
Archival film footage about Saint Pio of Pietrelcina.

Patrick

BR 1720 .P26 P37 2004 DVD
53 minutes; released 2004.
A docudrama of the life of St. Patrick. Liam Neeson and Gabriel Byrne provide voicework, and on-camera commentary is provided by the writer Frank McCourt.

Paul the Apostle

BS 2506.3 P383 2004 DVD
180 minutes; released 2000.
Shot in the Moroccan desert, this miniseries chronicles the life of Christ's most prolific messenger - Paul, originally known as Saul of Tarsus, who was a persecutor of Christians until Jesus came to him in a vision.

Paul: Contending for the Faith

Paul: Contending for the Faith

BS2505 .P38 2004 DVD
90 minutes
Best-selling Catholic author Stephen Ray takes the viewer to Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy in his study of Saint Paul. Part of The Footprints of God series.

Peter: Keeper of the Keys

BS2515 .P47 2003 DVD
75 minutes
Best-selling Catholic author Stephen Ray takes the viewer to Galilee, Jerusalem, and Rome in his study of St. Peter the Apostle. He answers questions about the infallibility of the Pope, papal succession, and the truth of Catholic teaching. Part of The Footprints of God series.

Pioneers of the Spirit

7 discs, 24 minutes each
This series provides 24-minute biographies of: Augustine of Hippo, Ignatius of Loyola, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila, Dante Alighieri, William Blake.

A Profile in Courage

BX1795 .H66 P764 2009 DVD
50 minutes
A documentary about Father John F. Harvey, a priest who in 1980 became the founding director of the Catholic ministry, Courage, which ministers to people with same-sex attractions and their loved ones.

Reluctant Saint, Francis of Assisi

BX4700 .F6 R45 2006 DVD
60 minutes
A documentary about Saint Francis of Assisi based on the biography by Donald Spoto. Narrated by Liev Schreiber. Starring the voice of Robert Sean Leonard.

Road of Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan

BX4705 .N98 R6 2008 DVD
60 minutes
A Salt and Light Television documentary about the Vietnamese bishop who was imprisoned for his faith for over thirteen years.

Romanovs

BX597 .E4 R6 2008 DVD
60 minutes; released 1992.
A documentary about the life of Orthodox saint and martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Fedorovna, aunt of Tsar Nicholas II.

Romero

BX4705 .R669 R64 2000 DVD
105 minutes; released 1989.
A feature-length movie about Oscar Romero, the archbishop of San Salvador who was assassinated in 1980. Starring Raul Julia.

Roses in December

BV2610 .R67 2007 DVD
55 minutes; released 1982.
The story of Jean Donovan, an American lay missioner working in El Salvador who was brutally murdered with three religious sisters by members of the government's security force.

St. Augustine: His Life & Spirituality

BR1720 .A9 S73 1996 DVD
90 minutes
Father Benedict Groeschel explores the work of Saint Augustine especially as a spiritual writer.

St. Augustine's Confessions

BR65 .A62 C66 2004 DVD
24 (30 minute) lectures
A Teaching Company course. Course description.

Saint of 9/11

BX3610 .N4 S35 2006
80 minutes
Friends and colleagues pay tribute to Father Mychal Judge, a Franciscan priest who was chaplain to the New York City Fire Department and the first recorded victim of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.

The Saint of Ordinary Life

BX4705 .E676 S3 2002 VHS
23 minutes
A documentary about the life of Saint Josemaria Escriva.

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus, 1878-1897

BX 4700 .T5 S25 1997 DVD
90 minutes
A documentary on the life of the "Little Flower". Includes interviews, dramatizations, examination of her writings and extensive visits to her home and the Carmel at Lisieux.

St. Thomas More: Faithful Statesman

DA334 .M8 W44 2005 DVD
12 (30 minute ) episodes
Father John McCloskey and Dr. Gerard Wegemer discuss the sixteenth-century Lord Chancellor of England, martyred under King Henry VIII.

The Saints

BX4655.3 .S256 2008z DVD
17 (30 minute) programs
Brief biographies of the following saints: Anthony, Athanasius, Basil, Catherine, Constantine, Demetrios, Dionysius, George, Haralambos, Helen, John the Baptist, John Chrysostom, the Archangel Michael, Nektarios, Nicholas, Peter, Paul.

Saints and Sinners of the California Missions

F862 .S24 1998 VHS
50 minutes
A History Channel documentary on the eighteenth and nineteenth century Fransiscan missions in California.

Saints: Gospel Artists

BX4675.5 .S3 2006 DVD
30 minutes
One hundred Canadian university students visit shrines associated with Saint Peter, Saint Gianna Beretta Molla, Blessed Rupert Mayer, Saint Edith Stein, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Clare of Assisi, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, and Blessed John XXIII.

Sanctity within Reach: Pier Giorgio Frassati

BX4705 .F735 S25 2009 DVD
90 minutes
A documentary about the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a young Italian man who left behind an astounding legacy of good works. Hosted by Christine M. Wohar with interviews with Frassati's niece, Wanda Gawronska.

Seeds of the Desert

BX4705 .F65 S4 1998 VHS
38 minutes
A documentary about the life of Venerable Charles de Foucauld, a hermit who was martyred in the Sahara Desert.

Shadowlands

PN1997 .S57 1998 DVD
133 minutes; released 1993.
A feature-length movie based on the true story of C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned writer and professor who remains untouched by any great passion until he meets and falls in love with Joy Gresham, a feisty, abrasive New York divorce.

Sister Rose's Passion

BX4705 .T525 S578 2006 DVD
88 minutes; released 2004.
The story of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life's work.

Solanus Casey

BX4700 .C2527 S653 2006 DVD
Approx. 75 minutes; released in 2002
A documentary about Father Solanus Casey (1870-1957), a Capuchin priest of extraordinary faith and the first American-born man to be declared "Venerable" by the Roman Catholic Church.

Something About Mary Magdalene

BS2485 .S66 2007 DVD
97 minutes
This revealing programme tackles the myths about Saint Mary Magdalene.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

BX2179 .L8 S63 2000 DVD
2 videocassettes containing 13 (28 minute) programs
A television series on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits.

St. Clare of Assisi

BX 4700 .C6 S735 1994 DVD
70 minutes.
Contains two programs: St. Clare of Assisi, a biography of Saint Clare, and Poor Clares: A Hidden Presence, a documentary about women living in monasteries around the world today. English, Spanish and Italian languages.

St. Gerard Majella: A Saint for Our Times

BX4700 .G47 S74 2006 DVD
57 minutes
The story of Saint Gerard Majella, a Redemptorist brother from Southern Italy, whose purity of faith, love of God and obedience to his superiors are models for us today, and who may become the patron saint of the unborn.

Steadfast and Faithful: A Martyr's Journal

BX4711.695 .V44 S743 2005 DVD
30 minutes
The life of Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky, a Ukranian Catholic bishop, who suffered many years of persecution by the Communists.

The Story of Paul the Apostle

BS2506 .S77 2000 DVD
68 minutes
Theologians explore the life and legacy of Saint Paul through an in-depth analysis of his writings.

Straight to the Heart

BX4705 .N87 S74 2001 VHS
50 minutes
A documentary about Henri Nouwen, a Catholic priest and one of the most popular spiritual writers of our generation.

Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila: Personality and Prayer

BX4700 .T4 D9 1996 DVD
13 (28 minute) programs
Father Thomas Dubay hosts a television series about the life and spirituality of Saint Teresa of Avila.

Thomas Turner, Black Catholic Leader

E185.97 .T87 T44 2000 DVD
30 minutes
A documentary about the founder of the National Federated Colored Catholics Movement.

To Kill A Priest

PN1997 .T5917 1990 VHS
117 minutes; released 1988.
A feature-length movie based on the life of Father Jerzy Popielusko, the Polish priest who was murdered by the Communist authorities on account of his support of the Solidarity union.

An Uncommon Kindness

BX4705 .D25 U636 2006 DVD
60 minutes; released 2003.
Narrated by Robin Williams, this documentary explores the life and ministry of Father Damien Veuster, the Belgian priest who in 1883 began his work among Molokai's isolated leper population.

Wilfrid

BX4700 .W545 W5 1999z DVD
26 minutes
A documentary about St. Wilfrid, the seventh century Bishop of York who united the Celtic Church with the Apostolic See of Rome. Part of the Memorable Leaders in Christianity series.

With God in Russia: A Grave In Perm

BX4705 .C546 A34 2002 DVD
30 minutes
The story of Father Walter Ciszek, a Jesuit missionary in Poland who was arrested by the KGB, accused of spying, and sent to Siberia for 23 years.

Women Who Inspire

BX4656 .W65 2008z DVD
42 minutes
Two short documentaries - The Gift of Katherine Drexel (28 minutes) and Work of God's Hands: A Video on Mother Teresa for Young People (14 minutes).

A World of Prayer: The Vision of Patrick Peyton

BX4705 .P4458 W67 1997 DVD
25 minutes
A documentary on Father Patrick Peyton and his influential ministry on the power of prayer.