The incredible story of John Verly, a man who lost his Catholic way, who overcame a long and arduous battle with cancer. Through this unfortunate process, Verly learned to believe in the power of faith once more. An amazing leap of faith and courageous perseverance brought him back to the Church and Jesus Christ.
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After 27 years as the head football coach at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, Bruce Scifres retired from coaching in the spring of 2017 to become the Executive Director of the CYO of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. Bruce believes that, now more than ever, coaches are a huge key to the development of our youth and, in turn, play a substantial role in the future of our country. Because of this, he is extremely passionate about doing all he can to help build “transformational” coaches who will make a real impact in the lives of the youth. The saying “a good coach improves a player’s game; a great coach improves a player’s life” describes Bruce’s mantra.
While some people say that technology doesn’t work well with our mission as Catholics, we believe that like any other saint or any person who lives a religious life, we can always use the tools available to us in our time, to evangelize. In our modern time, we are so blessed to have these tools that connects us in a way the we’ve never been connected before. Whatever medium or social media platform we use, we are always called to be the light of Christ in our day-to-day life. Whatever our job or our vocation is, social media is a way for us to easily share our faith with others and connect in a more intimate way with other Catholics. Meanwhile, it’s also always exciting to see the way that different Catholics all across the globe have answered that call, to bring the beauty and the truth to the platform.
Our documentary sheds light on one story of the Black Catholic experience, unknown to many in our church. An undertaking that, although unique, is relatable to the Black Catholic (specifically African-American Catholic) throughout America. This film highlights the joy, pain, and struggles faced in the Black Catholic community, specifically in the Tremé portion of New Orleans, Louisiana. Through a series of interviews, the unique struggle found in youth and young adult ministry within the Black Catholic community is brought to the forefront. Whether through “America’s Original Sin”, classism, or various other social ills; we are witnessing this unique expression of our Catholic faith disappearing before our eyes.