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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

film screening and panel discussion

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film screening and panel discussion

Peter Folan, S.J., Boston College
Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, Boston College
Theresa O'Keefe, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Time: 5-7:30pm
Location: Higgins 300

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A documentary by renowned German filmmaker Wim Wenders, Pope Francis: A Man of His Word offers a candid and unconventional look at the Catholic pope, who has captivated the world, and continues to invigorate the role and vision of the modern Catholic church. The film offers the opportunity to hear Francis discuss his papacy in his own words, in an intimate format: if the viewer suspends disbelief for even a moment, it is as though he or she were sitting in the same room as the pope. The Boisi Center is proud to offer a screening of this compelling documentary, with a panel discussion to follow. 

peter folan, s.j.

Peter Folan, S.J., is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at Boston College. His research focuses on the use of Scripture in theological reflection, specifically in the theological reflection that accompanies ecumenical dialogue. He holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Fordham University, and Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry. Currently, he is a teaching fellow in the theology department, serving this year as an instructor in the course Exploring Catholicism, one of the theology core courses available to BC undergraduates.

mary ann hinsdale

Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, is an associate professor of theology at Boston College. A sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Hinsdale writes and teaches in the areas of ecclesiology, Christology, theological anthroplogy, and feminist theology. Current research focuses around multidisciplinary approaches to Catholic Studies, the use of participatory action research in theological reflection on the U.S. Catholic experience, and Mary Magdalene as a resource for women's ecclesial leadership. Hinsdale has authored numerous articles and book chapters, and a recent book is Women Shaping Theology (Manwah, N.J., Paulist Press, 2006). Hinsdale received her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto; her S.T.L. in Systematic Theology (magna cum laude) from Regis College; her M.A. from the The Catholic University of America; and her B.A. from Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.

teresa o'keefe

Theresa O'Keefe is an associate professor of the practice of youth and young adult faith at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where she also leads the Contextual Education program, in which students use field opportunities to develop their praxis. Both of these focuses are shaped and informed by her years of experience working in and around Catholic parishes, schools and dioceses. Her current research interests include, youth and young adult faith; developmental theory; feminist theology; ministerial and educational formation; and Catholic-Jewish dialogue. Her recent publications are "Growing Up Alone: The new normal of isolation in adolscence," Journal of Youth Ministry, Vol 13, no. 1 (Fall 2014), 63-84. and "Companioning Adolescence into Adulthood: Schools as communities of care and growth," in At the Heart of Education: Chaplaincy, Guidance and Pastoral Care (Dublin: Vertias Publications, 2014). O'Keefe received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Boston College and her B.A. (with honors) from the University of Toronto. 


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In a May issue of The New Yorker, Paul Elie reviews Wim Wenders' film Pope Francis: A Man of His Word. Elie describes the film as capturing "an aesthetic of nearness" that reflects a "conviction that the central Christian mystery—God becoming man, the father sending his son—is about the divine effort to draw nearer to humanity, and vice versa." Wenders' describes the task of creating the film as to capture that nearness for the audience by reflecting Pope Francis in images of St. Francis of Assisi, "the apostle of the ear". On Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 the Boisi Center hosted a screening and panel discussion of Wenders' film.