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The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Faith in Focus Film Series

Damen Cinema

This program, open to members of LUC and the general public, explores themes of faith and the lives of prominent figures in the Catholic Church.  Feature film screenings are followed by discussion led by prominent LUC professors or guest speakers.

Upcoming Screenings

Will be announced soon.

Past Screenings

The Mission, directed by Roland Joffe
Monday, April 8, 2013,  6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


A dramatic story about an 18th century Spanish Jesuits trying to protect a remote South American Indian tribe from greedy, brutal, and enslaving Portugal's government. Post-screening discussion with Dr. Gustavo Leone, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, LUC.

The Way, directed by Emilio Estevez ‌
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Way

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Theresa Gross-Diaz, Department of History, and Mr. Jack Krouse, S.J.,
Loyola University Chicago

‌‌Shot on St. James' Way, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes, with the cooperation of local and Church authorities, The Way marks a movie milestone. Never before was a movie crew allowed to film inside the resting place of the Apostle James, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela-- let alone film during Mass there. While the famous physical journey of The Camino culminates at the cathedral, as Martin Sheen observes there is another level of experience: "The inward journey is a pilgrimage of transcendence; as you walk you hear the inner voice. You walk alone but you walk in community."

Babette's Feast directed by Gabriel Axel‌
Monday, October 29, 2012 6:30 PM

Post-Screening discussion with Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Departments of English and Theology, Loyola University Chicago

‌The award winning film Babette's Feast is a 1987 movie based on the story written by Danish writer Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen). Babette, a refugee from counter-revolutionary Paris, arrives in a remote village in Berlevaag Fjord, Norway. She begs two local elderly and pious Christian sisters to hire her as a housekeeper. After the sisters' father dies, the pastor of a small Protestant church, they decide to hold a dinner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Babette prepares a feast which expresses her appreciation to the local residents and transforms their lives.  Information Commons, 4th floor, Lake Shore Campus, LUC.

The Island directed by Pavel Lugin
Monday, March 19, 2012 6:30 PM


Post screening discussion with Dr. Dennis Martin, Department of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives a very unusual man. His fellow-monks are confused by his bizarre conduct. Those who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise and foretell the future. However, he considers himself unworthy because of his sin he committed in his youth. The film is a parable, combining the realities of Russian everyday life with monastic ritual and routine. Information Commons, 4th Floor, LUC.

The Third Man directed by Carol Reed 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 6:30 PM

Post-Screening discussion with Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J., Departments of English and Theology, Loyola University Chicago

The Third Man is all-time classic thriller scripted by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed. Holly Martins searches for his childhood friend Harry Lime through the seedy underworld of postwar Vienna and gets caught up in a web of love, deception, racketeering, and murder. Klarchek Information Commons, 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago.

Past Faith in Focus Film Screenings

Faith in Focus Film Series: The Third Miracle (1999)

Faith in Focus Film Series: The Third Miracle

Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
7:00PM - 9:30PM

A priest finds his faith tested when he's assigned to investigate a possible case of divine intervention.

Join us for a viewing and discussion of the 1999 film The Third Miracle. Discussion after the film will be facilitated by Dr. Michael Murphy, Director of the Catholic Studies Minor Program.

For more information, please see the flyer for The Third Miracle or contact Dr. Murphy: <mmurph23@luc.edu>

Faith in Focus Film Series: Household Saints

Faith in Focus Film Series: Household Saints

Monday, November 18
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Damen Student Center Cinema 
Loyola University Chicago 
1032 W. Sheridan Rd 
Chicago, IL 60660

Guest Speaker: Film Director Nancy Savoca

We began the month of November with the Feast of All Saints and the Hank Center's final program of the month takes the question of sainthood to a whole new level with the film Household Saints by Nancy Savoca. Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Francine Prose, Household Saints tells the story of an Italian-American family and the generational differences they live through as they become assimilated into mainstream America. A funny yet probing drama, the question of the nature of sainthood is at the heart of the movie. The late Andrew Greeley, a fan of the film, claimed that it was the best recreation of the street scenes in Italian American neighborhoods. We are extremely lucky to have with us the film's director, Nancy Savoca, to discuss the (Italian) Catholic imagination that inspires it.


The event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and general public.

Faith in Focus Film Series

Faith in Focus Film Series

Damen Student Center Cinema
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Thursday, November 7, from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

La Mia Strada is a feature-length documentary that offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart. It’s a discovery of how fragile the bonds are that connect a family from generation to generation, from country to country, even as they search for ways to adapt to an ever-changing world. Over a period of years, the filmmaker has conducted dozens of interviews, explored historical sites, sifted through archeological artifacts, dug through family photographs, and immersed himself in the music, poetry, and oral histories of the Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia regions.  La Mia Strada links the ancient and contemporary history of families divided by an ocean, yet united by an indelible genetic bond.

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Faith in Focus Film Series, Screening of the Way

Faith in Focus Film Series, Screening of the Way

Wednesday, February 27
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Richard J. Klarchek
Information Commons, 4th floor
Lake Shore Campus
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60660

Post-screening discussion with Dr. Theresa Gross-Diaz, Department of  History, and Mr. Jack Krouse, S.J., Loyola University Chicago.

Shot on St. James' Way, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage routes, with the cooperation of local and Church authorities, The Way marks a movie milestone. Never before was a movie crew allowed to film inside the resting place of the Apostle James, the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela-- let alone film during Mass there. While the famous physical journey of The Camino culminates at the cathedral, as Martin Sheen observes there is another level of experience: "The inward journey is a pilgrimage of transcendence; as you walk you hear the inner voice. You walk alone but you walk in community."

Sheen, who in the film plays Tom Avery--a father who has suddenly lost a son--speaks from experience: "Tom just wants to be alone. He's the solo, individual American and these people he meets keep slowing him down and causing delays. He's dragging these people and it becomes harder and harder, and the harder he tries the harder it becomes." Somewhere along the line, there is a revelation: "everything becomes grace," says Sheen, recalling the famous insight of St. Therese of Lisieux. But the journey is not easy and there are blisters--both spiritual and physical--that require care.

Event is free and open to faculty, students, staff, and general public.
Contact CCIH for more information.

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The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
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