Thursday, 24 January 2019

January 24th - Feast of Saint Francis de Sales - new CATHOLIC FILM coming 2019

A FILM ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS DE SALES

Saint Francis de Sales is known as 'the gentleman Saint'.
He was gentle and docile from his early youth, named for Saint Francis of Assisi, who became his favourite Saint, yet he wasn't without a mischievous streak and prone to vanities while a boy.

Obedient to his father, Francis de Sales was educated to become a lawyer and a senator. When his father arranged a marriage for him, Saint Francis said he wished to be a priest. Things were difficult for a while, but he was eventually allowed to study for the priesthood and was quickly appointed Bishop of Geneva.


Saint Francis de Sales is famous for his writings, especially the spiritual classic, Introduction to the Devout Life which was aimed at people in the world aiming to become holy and saintly.
He met Saint Jane de Chantel and together they founded an order for nuns that would serve the poor and needy in the world.

He was also famous for bringing about the conversion of 72,000 Calvinists - he became a light to them in the darkness and through his pamphlet campaign that presented the Truths of the Catholic Faith, he converted practically his entire diocese. He is the patron saint of writers and journalists.


In 2018 Mary's Dowry Productions filmed a variety of visuals from the life of Saint Francis de Sales for a film biography of this great Saint. We wanted to be able to include some inspiring parts of his writings as well as his life.


Like the English Martyr Saint Alexander Briant, Saint Francis de Sales was 'a soldier of the Cross'. He sought the lost sheep of his region and was determined, despite threats and even assassination attempts upon his life, to enlighten them to the Truths of the Catholic Faith.


The Calvinists were forbidden to listen to Saint Francis and often surrounded him, threatened him and heckled as he tried to preach to them. Eventually Saint Francis organised his pamphlet-mission whereupon he wrote about the teachings of the Church and slipped the leaflets under doors during the night, or fastened them to doors and walls.


The Catholic Bishop was often forced to sleep outside, sometimes in old barns, but he never complained, although he suffered from ill health most of his life.

He organized 40 hours adoration and gradually curious Calvinists approached and asked to be catechized and received into the Catholic Church.


We filmed several scenes from the life of Saint Jane de Chantal. She married a handsome Baron and they had a very happy marriage with four children. When the Baron was accidentally killed during a hunting trip, Saint Jane found it very hard to forgive the person who had killed her husband. She heard a sermon by Saint Francis de Sales and the two became friends.



Saint Francis and Saint Jane (like Saint Francis and Saint Clare) founded an order of nuns together.
We filmed the death of Saint Francis de Sales - he died of a stroke.



We are hoping to have this film available on DVD this year and are enjoying working on the life of these two great Catholic Saints. For DVDs about the Saints and English Martyrs -

www.marysdowryproductions.org

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

DVD box sets of the Saints and English Martyrs from Mary's Dowry Productions

We have been busy at Mary's Dowry Productions producing a whole new range of Catholic DVD box sets that will make available (almost) our entire collection of films about the Saints available in a whole collection at half the price!



In VOLUME ONE, here is a fantastic range of Saints from Celtic England through to 19th Century France, each with their own beautiful witness and example of living life to its fullest and aiming to be Saints. In volume one we have: Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne and his mission from Ireland to the wild island of Lindisfarne and his tireless journeys throughout Northern England; Saint Anthony of Padua and his zeal upon seeing the return of the bodies of three Franciscan martyrs, prompting him to change his religious order and become one of the greatest preachers and miracle-workers in the history of the Church; Saint Dominic Savio, one of Saint John Bosco's students, who determined to become a Saint by spending hours before the Blessed Sacrament, encouraging his friends to pray with him before Our Lady of Sorrows, and being graced with a prophetic vision of England; Saint Philomena, a young Grecian princess who refused to become the bride of the ruling Roman Emperor and instead bore one of the most heroic prolonged witnesses to the Faith that God rekindled in our modern times with the discovery of her tomb in the 19th century; Saint Joan of Arc, often misrepresented in today's culture, who was called by God to lead an army to defeat the English despite being a young peasant girl, and who was executed by corrupt church leaders who envied her popularity; and Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, granted 18 apparitions of Our Lady in France, Who gave us a healing spring of water and affirmed Her title as The Immaculate Conception.


In VOLUME TWO we travel from Saxon England through to 20th century Poland with a diverse range of Saints from all over Europe offering a harmony of faith and Catholic devotion in their inspiring stories. Saint Clare of Assisi takes us back to 12th century Italy and her bold decision to reject her family wealth, titles and future by following Saint Francis into a life of worldly poverty but heavenly richness that inspires admiration and imitation; Saint Cuthman, a lively, devout Saxon shepherd boy takes us over the historic hills of Sussex as he founds a church; Saint Mechtilde of Magdeburg, a 13th century German Beguine shows us how important remembering the Holy Souls in Purgatory is; Saint Faustina gives us the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and an image of Jesus that draws countless sinners to the fount of His Merciful Heart; Saint Wilfrid, a Saxon bishop who was exiled from Northumbria after annoying the Northumbrian king, travelled through England and converted the South Saxon pagans; and Saint Don Bosco, founder of the Salesians, whose many profound and mystical dreams give us a sobering look at the reality of sin and hell and the power of prayer and the intercession of Our Lady.


In VOLUME THREE we reach far back into the time of Saint Patrick and as close to us as Fatima now just over 100 years ago. Blessed Bartolo Longo is known as the Apostle of the Rosary but before that he was a Satanic high priest who was so embroiled in the new age and occult that his journey back to the Sacraments through the power of the rosary shows us how important this Catholic devotion is; so too, does Saint Jacinta of Fatima, a little shepherd girl from Portugal who is one of the seers of Our Lady of Fatima, and whose short but fruitful life brings to our hearts and minds the truths and realities of the spiritual realm; Saint Bede, known as the Father of English history, has left us great accounts of the Catholic Church in early England, powerful biographies of Saints and a great example of holiness in his own life; Saint Patrick brings us a tale of pagan Ireland brought to its knees by this zealous Catholic missionary who fought the devil and his snakes for the souls of the Irish people; Saint John of the Cross takes us back to 16th century Spain during the time of the counter-reformation and his example of total devotion to the Passion of Christ and the beautiful body of works left to us to read; and finally, Saint Margaret Mary, a 17th century French nun, who was chosen by Jesus to bring to the laity the devotion of the Sacred Heart at a time of Jansenism and mistrust of the love and forgiveness of God, takes us through her life and the messages of the Sacred Heart.


In VOLUME FOUR the lives of these six Saints cover 17th century Native America, 7th century Saxon England, 4th century Rome and Jerusalem and 16th century Spain; Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was a Mohawk who converted to the Catholic Faith and gave her life in dedication to purity, penance and utter devotion to the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar; 19th century Italy gives us Saint Gemma Galgani, the same age group as Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, and with the same love of the Cross and the Passion, of suffering to convert sinners and save souls, with her own unique battles with the devil and a special calling as a victim soul; while Saint Etheldreda of 7th century Saxon England, dedicates her life to purity and service of Christ as a princess, Queen and abbess of Ely, bringing her into conflict with the world and worldly men; Saint Mildred of Thanet was once the most popular Saint of England and beloved by many. Her great love for Christ saw her shine out as a Lily among the English and she has left us a dramatic account of her miraculous escape, like the three men in the Old Testament, from fire; Saint Teresa of Avila is beloved throughout the world and takes us on a journey of her life and reformation in 16th century Spain with the founding of the discalced Carmelite order; and finally, go back to the beginning of tolerance for Christianity in Europe with the mother of Emperor Constantine, who was so devoted to Christ that she made one of the first pilgrimages to the Holy Land to discover the relics of the True Cross.


In VOLUME FIVE travel through the Catholic history of Europe from 7th century Wales to the concentration camps of Poland. Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan priest deeply devoted to the Mother of God. In this touching and thought-provoking film we follow this great champion of Mary from his early life to his death, which he willfully gave in place of a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz; Saint Winifred of Wales has left us a holy well where for many centuries people traveled for healing and devotion, even during Penal times. She was a young Catholic woman who caught the eye of a prince who hunted her down when she refused his advances and chopped off her head! Saint Padre Pio is one of the most popular Saints of the Catholic Church. In this film we journey through his whole mystical life, looking at the Wounds of Christ that he bore in his body for the conversion of sinners and in reparation for sins; Saint Piran was an early Saint of Cornwall, with an inspiring and uplifting story. He escaped pirates and came to England where he led a solitary life, going among the local people to help them rediscover tin smelting, thus earning the name of the Tin Saint; Saint Julian of Norwich is known as England's Catholic Mystic, her 16 revelations of the love of the Passion of Christ capturing the hearts and minds of people for almost a thousand years. She was the first woman author and her story takes us to the Wounded Heart of Christ and the power of His Sacred Passion and love of His Sorrowful Mother; in The Last Conversations of Therese we look at the many profound sayings written down by Saint Therese of Lisieux's sisters in the last several months of the Little Flower's life.


In VOLUME SIX, great founders such as Saint Benedict and Saint Francis share the same Catholic Faith with a 20th century martyr of Dachau, a 7th century French princess, a 12th century bishop and a 20th century victim soul. Saint Benedict of Nursia fled the pleasures of Rome to be alone in the wilderness far from the city, where he battled Satan and the weakness of our fallen flesh, to come out triumphant as a vanquisher of demons and the founder of a great religious order; Blessed Titus Brandsma was a Dutch theologian and Carmelite priest who refused to remain silent when the Nazi's appeared to destroy Christianity in his land. He has left us an heroic witness for the Faith that numbers him among the great Saints and Martyrs of the 20th century; Blessed Alexandrina da Costa is known as the fourth seer of Fatima. A young girl of Portugal who lived 200 miles from Fatima, she sustained an almost fatal injury that left her paralyzed when she jumped out of her window to escape attackers. She offered her life as a victim soul, entreated all to pray the rosary and live the message of Fatima, and suffered and prayed most especially for the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Saint Bertha was a French princess who was given in marriage to King Ethelbert of Kent. Through her holy, Catholic example, the pagan king was well-disposed to welcome Saint Augustine to England on the Gregorian mission. We look at the founding of Canterbury Cathedral as the seat of the Catholic Church in England until it was taken by the Anglicans at the time of the Protestant Reformation; Saint Francis of Assisi was a knight and a soldier who converted from his life of worldliness and pleasure to become one of the greatest Saints of the Catholic Church and the first to bear the Stigmata. He founded the Franciscan order, one of the great scourges against the attacks of evil in the church, and he has left us a moving, thought-provoking witness; Saint Richard of Chichester was an English bishop who lived the life of an aesthetic while shepherding his flock and caring deeply for the conversion of souls, the correct disposition of the clergy and especially the correct way of celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. His shrine was one of the most visited in Europe until it was destroyed by King Henry VIII at the reformation.


In VOLUME SEVEN, journey with six wonderful Saints through England, France, Italy and Germany covering a thousand years of Catholic witness to the Faith. Saint Claude de la Colombiere was the spiritual director of Saint Margaret Mary. A young Jesuit priest, he was sent to England where he introduced the Duchess of York to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as given to Saint Margaret Mary. He would have given his life for the faith and the conversion of the English when he was arrested and imprisoned during the Titus Oates plot, but he died in his early forties in France after an heroic life; Saint David of Wales is the patron of that country but relevant to the entire Catholic Church. He preached throughout Wales, drawing crowds and miracles that still capture the inspiration of many; Saint Mary Mazzarello's love for Christ saw her obediently respond to His call that she work with Saint Don Bosco to help young girls in need. She had such a love for the Blessed Sacrament and for service that countless women invoke her intercession in prayer today; Saint Edith Stein was an atheist who converted to the Catholic Faith after reading the autobiography of Saint Teresa of Avila. She became a Carmelite nun but her Jewish roots saw her targeted by the Nazis. After leaving many great philosophical thoughts and works, she was arrested and martyred at Auschwitz; Saint Simon Stock was also a Carmelite, who lived 700 years before Saint Edith Stein. He was given the Brown Scapular in a vision from Our Lady of Mount Carmel and earned his name from avoiding the world and living in prayer and sacrifice in a hollowed out tree (a stock); Saint Bega of Bees is an early British Saint, an anchorite who, after escaping an arranged marriage in Ireland and living for a time on the coast of England as a hermit, was consecrated a nun by Saint Aidan and found the great convent of Saint Bees.



Each of these films are available in single DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions too. Check out our other DVD box sets including The English Martyrs series (3 volumes) at www.marysdowryproductions.org

Other films about Saints, such as Saint Francisco Marto, that do not feature in these box sets will be included in Volume 8 when we have finished production on NEW films about the Saints. Coming soon!

Friday, 21 December 2018

Bells of the Reformation - Mary once honoured throughout England in bells

Bells of the Reformation - England


Bells in England before the Protestant Reformation had a strong collection to Our Lady.
In 1536, by an injunction of Thomas Cromwell, working as vicar-general of Henry VIII, the Angelus was outlawed. This deeply English-Catholic devotion was banned, not because of any scruple about the Hail Mary (which was prayed three times at 6 am, three times at noon and three times at 6 pm by the English people at the ringing of bells throughout the land) but, as it was expressly declared, 'out of hatred to the Pope'.
Pope Sixtus had granted indulgences at the request of Elizabeth, wife of King Henry VII, to those who prayed three 'Ave Maria's at these traditional times.

A special bell was set apart in the countless Catholic churches throughout England for centuries before King Henry VIII broke with Rome and took the country with him into schism. The special  bell was called the Gabriel Bell and was reserved to ring for the morning and evening Ave's.

In almost every peel of bells throughout England, one bell was reserved for Our Lady, to whom England had been consecrated as her Dowry. Prior to the devastating attack upon the Mother of God throughout England at the Protestant Reformation, inscriptions upon church bells were almost always religious.

Church bells were part of the plunder of King Henry VIII, King Edward the VI and Queen Elizabeth I. Almost the entire history of many centuries of honour given to Our Lady through the ringing of bells throughout her Dowry was eradicated, destroyed and purged from the country, and subsequently from the minds of the people and the history of the land.


The naming of bells had been an ancient Catholic custom in England. They were part of the culture and history of the country, as well as a form of devotion given in honour of the Mother of God.
For instance, Abbot Evesham in 1160 had two large bells made called Jesus and Gloria and William Boys, abbot in 1345, made two other great bells called Mary and Egwin.

On the bell named in honour of Our Lady was written:

'Me sonante pia succurre virgo Maria.'

What was truly wonderful about this devotion to Our Lady ever present in England through the glorious peeling of bells was the invocation to Our Lady infused in this devotional act.
One such inscription on a bell read:

"The rose when shaken fragrance around
The bell when struck pours forth melodious sound;
The heart of Mary moved in earnest prayer
Will scatter graces everywhere."

Oftentimes an inscription upon a bell read:

'Mary, let thy blessing fall
Upon those who hear my call.'

These beautiful inscriptions that brought down many graces through the loving hands of Our Lady upon the children of her Dowry were condemned by the Protestant Kings and Queens of England under the devilish 'excuse' that these inscriptions were held as

'being holden to be superstitious,' and thus 'were defaced, erased, washed over, or obliterated'

by the commissioners in the first year of Queen Elizabeth I.

The Catholic Martyrs of the Reformation, priests and recusants alike, were often arrested, imprisoned and fined for honouring the outlawed devotions such as lighting devotional candles, carrying rosary beads and honouring Our Lady in images and even bells.

 Perhaps this Christmas, whenever we hear mention of 'bells' in our hymns, readings and even the actual sound of bells at Mass, we might turn our hearts to Our Lady and pray especially for England, her Dowry, that the great devotion to her that was once so deeply established in this country will return.

For films about the English Martyrs and figures of the Reformation in England:



Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Entire Catholic DVD collection - not including our range of NEW box sets

This month a Catholic parish and school raised money to order every single one of the DVDs that Mary's Dowry Productions has produced since 2007, for parishioners and school children to use in their Catholic parish in Idaho, USA. We were able to offer a special discount for them to be able to have the whole lot! How wonderful that so many of our little known English Martyrs will now become familiar to many more people.


Once we had organized the parcel we snapped a few photographs of the DVDs laid out in our conservatory before finishing up, packaging them and shipping them out today It was actually the first time that anyone has ever placed an order for our entire catalog so it was an opportunity for us, too, to see our whole body of films on the Saints and Martyrs laid out before our eyes. Wow, it's been a lot of work over the past eleven years but certainly worth it to have visual aids in film, music and media to help share the knowledge of these Saints.

The photographs show about 82 of our 87 individual DVDs. We now have box sets available as well which allow for us to offer 6 films for the price of 3 films due to reduced packaging expenses. The box sets are really wonderful and are getting a lot of lesser known biographies out there such as Saint John Houghton in the 'Tudor Box Set', many of which are also going to secular viewers.




Christmas is our busiest time of year (post-wise) at Mary's Dowry Productions so we have been spending the last few months working on DVD orders that have been shipped throughout the world to Catholic bookshops such as Saint Paul's Bookshop next to Westminster Cathedral in London and others in Australia as well as big orders throughout North America and Europe. We have also had a lot of orders for Christmas presents which we love doing because bringing the Saints of England, English Martyrs and well-known Saints into homes during the Holy Season is so exciting.

Our films not only present a biographical account of a Saint or English Martyr, often in their own words, but also bring in the Truths of the Catholic Faith as well as devotions to the mind and heart of the viewer.

With only a few days left for us to post out to the USA for Christmas now, we shall be working on parcels and packages containing biographies of the Saints and Martyrs and look forward to finishing production work in the New Year on films about Saint Alban Roe (English Martyr), Edel Quinn and the Legion of Mary, Saint Francis de Sales, and several important documentaries about the Shrines of Our Lady in England as we spend 2019 looking forward to the reconsecration of England to the Mother of God as Our Lady's Dowry.

Visit Mary's Dowry Productions website for a full catalog of Catholic DVDs and resources here:

www.marysdowryproductions.org


Monday, 10 December 2018

England: Our Lady's Dowry - new film coming to help prepare for the re-consecration of England, Mary's Dowry Productions

As most of our readers know, our Catholic film production apostolate Mary's Dowry Productions was founded in 2007 and is named after an ancient title for England, which was especially consecrated by the early kings of England to the Mother of God as her Dowry. With the re-consecration of England to Our Lady as her Dowry due to take place in 2020, we are finally organizing a film that will present the history of this unique and special title for England and its place in the Catholic Church and our times.


We now have over 86 DVDs, many about our early British Saints such as Saint Bede and Saint Etheldreda, as well as important Catholic Saints of the Middle Ages such as Saint Julian of Norwich, and especially of the English Martyrs of the 16th and 17th centuries when the attack upon the True Faith of England was especially fierce and destructive. With these images and footage acquired we will be able to provide a film that covers 2000 years of Catholic history in England and the significance of the title that England bears.

England is rich with the history of devotion to Our Lady which can even be traced back to the first century and begins in Glastonbury, with Glastonbury thought to be the birthplace of Mary's Dowry and in fact, the birthplace of Christianity in England. It holds the site of the first Christian Church, a place that was for centuries regarded as the English Jerusalem and one of the holiest places on earth.

It is interesting that Glastonbury is now renowned for occult shops, paganism, New Age and music festivals. At the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century the devil inspired the English heretics to specifically reject the Mother of God from England and they burned ancient and venerated statues of Our Lady (including the Saxon statue of Our Lady of Walsingham) in towns and cities such as Chelsea. Today, 'the sacred and the profane stalk the streets of Glastonbury in the shadow of the ruined abbey' - a loud proclamation to those that have ears to hear and eyes to see of 'the conflict of light and darkness every present in a palpably spiritual atmosphere' (Shrines of Our Lady in England).


We shall be travelling to Glastonbury next year to present part of our documentary 'England: Our Lady's Dowry', as well as several other locations. We are especially pleased to be able to present from Storrington, a town not far from us, which houses the priory of Our Lady of England, another important title for Our Lady. The little forgotten Shrine statue of Our Lady of England is kept above a door in the church in the priory, which has a whole fascinating history of its own which is very hard to discover.


In our 2012 film about Our Lady of Walsingham we brought in the great significance of the English Martyrs. We look forward to doing this too in our upcoming film about the title of 'Our Lady's Dowry'. We shall be producing a separate film about 'Our Lady of Glastonbury' too, including a look at Saint Dunstan and the last abbot of Glastonbury who was hung from the Tor by King Henry VIII for refusing to deny the Catholic Faith.

"Glastonbury is the foundation stone of the Dowry of Mary" (Anne Vail) and 2019 looks to be a special year for film productions by Mary's Dowry Productions.

Meanwhile, check out our website for a full listing of our Catholic DVDs on the Saints and English Martyrs:

www.marysdowryproductions.org


Saturday, 8 December 2018

The Last Moments and Words of a Martyr, St Polydore Plasden, December 10th

Three Martyrs for December

We have taken some time this week to produce new film trailers on each of the English Martyrs films (which we refer to as the trilogy) that Mary's Dowry Productions produced in 2010:

Saint Edmund Gennings
Saint Polydore Plasden
and
Saint Swithun Wells

These three men were executed with other important English Martyrs on 10th December 1591, but we focused specifically upon these three for our films. Two were Catholic priests who knew one another from seminary and one was a Catholic layman who provided a secret room in his London house for Catholic missionary priests during the Elizabethan persecutions, for these brave men to offer the outlawed Catholic Mass.

We filmed visuals and recreations of key moments from the lives of these three martyrs over two days, on location at specially constructed sets in the 18th century barn attached to our local Catholic church of the English Martyrs. For the first day we filmed their missions, their arrest in The Secret Mass Room and various expressions of their powerful priesthood, such as reconciling Elizabethans who had left the Catholic Faith, hearing Confessions, celebrating Mass and preaching the Truths of the Catholic Faith. We managed to film different scenarios from each of their lives as well as bringing the three Martyrs together for meetings and encounters.

On the second filming day we focused upon the prison cells and the triple Tyburn Gallows.

The three films compliment one another and give a full encounter with the story of these men who bravely died in defense of the Catholic Faith which was savagely persecuted in England during Penal times.

Here is the new clip and trailer for our film about Saint Polydore Plasden. We find their last words and moments at the gallows very profound and many have commented upon how moving each film is, especially the priests or layman's brave sacrifice at the gallows.




The DVDs can be purchased individually from Mary's Dowry Productions or in Volume One of our special Martyrs DVD Box sets which can be seen here:


Mary's Dowry Productions Music VLOG - Saint Edith Stein

The Music for 'Saint Edith Stein'
Catholic Music VLOG

A new Vlog from Bernadette, co-founder of Mary's Dowry Productions in 2007, and sole composer of the music for all of Mary's Dowry Productions films. In this video, Bernadette shares how she wrote the music for Saint Edith Stein, our film produced in 2015 about this great Carmelite Saint and Martyr, which Bernadette has recently produced into a CD music album which is available through our online shop.

Take a look here:


The Music CD can be purchased here:


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Saint Edmund Campion and his heroic mission to England during the Elizabethan Era

It has been 10 years since we produced our first film about an English Martyr using people to recreate specific and important moments from the lives of the Saints. For Saint Edmund Campion we were on a very small budget but were determined to capture the deep spirituality of this heroic Jesuit missionary as well as the information, facts and details of his life and martyrdom. We were also keen to have available through a visual means (the new media) the Catholic perspective of history in England especially during the so-called 'Golden Years' of Queen Elizabeth I's reign.

Our film about Saint Edmund Campion was filmed around Arundel, Chichester and Worthing with scenes at Littlehampton beach to represent Saint Edmund Campion's return to England in disguise, scenes at Cisbury Ring to represent his travelling, and three days of filming interiors on simple sets that included a court room, safe house and prisons.


We had fun making this film and were thrilled with the result, simply because we wanted to have this visual means available to share the life and mission of Saint Edmund Campion with people who would switch off listening to our excited monologues. We showed the film twice to a large gathering in our parish church and many were very moved by his story, having never heard of him.

People respond amazingly well to watching something and listening to the words with a visual aid and with Saint Edmund Campion we packed the film with truths about the Catholic Faith, history, England and of course, Saint Edmund's very own words in his Brag and 10 Reasons.

Over the past 10 years we have worked determinedly to produce as many films as possible about the great English Martyrs, with other Saints and Martyrs coming along for the Mary's Dowry Productions style of film too. We now have 85 films on the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs with 15 specific from the group known as the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.

To celebrate our film about Saint Edmund Campion we have produced a new trailer for Christmas as the date of the anniversary of his martyrdom draws near once more.
Our film about Saint Edmund Campion has been broadcast regularly on EWTN and our shorter film, 'God's Champion: Saint Edmund Campion' is used successfully in homes, parishes and schools throughout the world.

Visit our website for this DVD and a whole catalogue of our films here:




New Catholic films from Mary's Dowry Productions 2018

2018 has been a busy year for Mary's Dowry Productions. We've been catching up with productions filmed in 2017 giving us several new releases. NEW films include Thomas Garnet & the Plot, Saint Mechtilde of Magdeburg, Saint Claude de la Colombiere and Our Lady of Knock.


We have also been working on making available DVD box sets so that people are able to purchase 6 films for the price of 3 as our production costs are lower for these.

Visit our website for details here:



PRIEST, NOT TRAITOR

PRIEST, NOT TRAITOR (13th November - St John Roberts, English Martyr):


"I wish to ask you and the other magistrates one more thing. These twelve men, who have to give a verdict in this case are ignorant persons, unable to discern or judge the difference between the priesthood and treason. You strive to do an impossible thing when you wish to make it appear that to be a priest is to be a traitor.

That would make Christ Himself a traitor, and all His Apostles; Saint Augustine also, the Apostle of England, and all the priests and bishops who have succeeded him to this day would also be esteemed traitors, and you would condemn them if they were brought before you.

I therefore say that it is impossible that being a priest should make one a traitor. A priest as such, and in regard to his office as priest, which is sacred and holy, cannot be a traitor. But if a priest commit treason, I am not so ignorant as not to know that the man is a traitor, but not by reason of his being a priest or in consequence of exercising his priestly office.

However, as these (the jury) are simple and ignorant men, I humbly beg the members of the court to decide the case in their stead, so that these poor men may not be responsible for our blood." 

- At his trial, (martyred at Tyburn, England, 10th December 1610 for being a Catholic priest)


Monday, 5 November 2018

Christmas with the Saints and English Martyrs of the Church, Christmas 2...

CHRISTMAS 2018 WITH THE SAINTS
NEW CATHOLIC CHRISTMAS MOVIES TRAILER


Sometimes we can get caught up in the Holiday Season and our sense of the spiritual dims. What better way to spend Christmas than with the Saints?

In this NEW film trailer we look at our new selection of Catholic DVD box sets

Full range of DVDs here:



Wednesday, 24 October 2018

The 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, Catholic DVDs


Great Britain was known as the Island of Saints. On October 25th 1970, 40 men and women from England and Wales, who gave their lives in defense of the Catholic Church during Penal Times, were canonized Saints and Martyrs. For film biographies of many of these heroic men and women see:

Saint Padre Pio Film Trailer - NEW film about Saint Padre Pio, now available on DVD


A NEW film trailer for 'Saint Padre Pio' NEW Catholic film on DVD worldwide is now available.

The DVD is available from
Mary's Dowry Productions.

Saint Padre Pio: Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry:
Saint Padre Pio was called to a specific mission as a priest and friar. From a young age he practiced self-denial and mortification and focused his whole attention upon God. He was able to see his guardian angel and speak with Jesus and Mary. He was called to be a Catholic priest and chose to join the Capuchin order.

 After serving for a short time in the Italian army, Saint Padre Pio spent the rest of his life in his monastery of San Giovanni, Italy. For fifty years he bore the wounds of the stigmata. He wrote many spiritual letters, offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was such deep devotion that he brought tears to the eyes of many and moved and converted thousands.

 His battles with the devil and his life of sacrifice and prayer, his devotion to souls in Confession, his extraordinary supernatural gifts and his holy soul are an important witness to the realities of sin, grace, Heaven, Hell and Purgatory.

 In this new film, Mary’s Dowry Productions presents a new yet timeless encounter with one of the greatest Saints of the Catholic Church, Saint Padre Pio.



 Length and Format; This film runs for 52 minutes and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD. 

Note: As with ALL our DVDs you will automatically be sent the correct PAL or NTSC format for your country. You do not need to do anything.

Find out more here:

SAINT PADRE PIO DVD

Saint Gemma Galgani NEW CATHOLIC FILM now available - released this week, October 2018

SAINT GEMMA GALGANI
NEW CATHOLIC FILM


Now available on DVD worldwide, region free, a NEW FILM about Saint Gemma Galgani.


MORE INFORMATION HERE:


Saint Gemma Galgani: Saint Gemma Galgani is known throughout the Catholic world as the ‘Flower of Lucca’, the ‘Gem of Christ’ and ‘Daughter of the Passion’. Saint Gemma was born in Italy in 1878. As a young girl she was especially moved by the accounts of Christ’s Passion. She offered her life and prayers to Jesus in reparation for sin and for the conversion of sinners.

When she was 21 years old, Saint Gemma was cured of an illness after praying a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the assistance of Saint Gabriel Possenti. She was able to see and speak with her Guardian Angel, with Jesus and Mary and specific Saints.

Her spiritual director, a priest of the Passionist Order, instructed Saint Gemma under obedience to keep a diary and to write her autobiography. Saint Gemma experienced the Passion of Christ every Thursday through to Friday, bore the visible stigmata and interceded for souls in a special mission as a victim soul until the end of her holy life at aged 25.

In this new film about Saint Gemma Galgani we look at Saint Gemma’s extraordinary and inspiring life and mission which are especially important for Catholics in today’s world.

Length and Format: This DVD runs for 35 minutes and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD Format.

 Please note: As with all our DVDs, you will automatically be sent the correct NTSC or PAL format depending on your country. You do not need to do anything.

NEW Saint Gemma Galgani Catholic FILM trailer DVD release now available to watch


Our NEW film about Saint Gemma Galgani is now available on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions. Saint Gemma Galgani was 25 years of age when she died after an extraordinary life in Italy. She was known as the Gem of Christ, Daughter of the Passion and Flower of the Passion. This film is an attentive biography of Saint Gemma's life and mission with a special look at her calling as a victim soul.

Check out our trailer for this new DVD about Saint Gemma Galgani.

The DVD is available worldwide, region free, from:

A successful Catholic film showing last week in Arundel and Brighton Diocese - Our Lady of Knock

Thursday 18th October saw Mary's Dowry Productions at the barn, English Martyrs Catholic Church, Goring Way, West Sussex, in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, showing the newly released 'Our Lady and the visionaries of Knock' film to a group of about thirty people.

Seats gradually filling up
This film ran for 50 minutes on the big screen. We love to show our films in the barn on the big screen. We turn off the lights and people are able to absorb the movie account without distraction. This is important for the films of Mary's Dowry Productions which are very atmospheric and prayerful film experiences in the correct conditions as well as being packed full of information and details, imagery, facts and footage.

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Selection of DVDs available
As well as showing the film, which received positive and enthusiastic reviews, we had available a table with a selection of our Catholic films available, especially new releases from 2018 so far.


'Our Lady and the visionaries of Knock' is available on DVD worldwide from

www.marysdowryproductions.org

Saint Thomas Garnet Catholic movie trailer - The Gunpowder Plot


Saint Thomas Garnet was the nephew of Father Henry Garnet, head of the Jesuits in England during the Gunpowder Plot. His uncle was arrested and executed during the fresh wave of persecutions following the failed plot, and Saint Thomas' story was caught up in the dramatic events at that time too.

Check out this trailer for our film about one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, Saint Thomas Garnet, now available on DVD worldwide from


We remember the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales canonized 25th October 1970 by Pope Saint Paul VI

FILMS OF THE 40 MARTYRS
OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Since 2007 Mary's Dowry Productions have been producing Catholic films on DVD about the lives of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales, many of which have been broadcast on EWTN and thus been introduced to Catholics who were unaware of these great English Martyrs.
Tomorrow (25th October) we remember especially this date in 1970 when Pope Saint Paul VI canonized the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales.


Pope Saint Paul VI said some important and inspiring things about the 40 Martyrs, taking several individuals as examples. The following text is taken from the homily of Pope Saint Paul VI at the canonization of the 40 Martyrs.

From the Canonization homily of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales:

"Our time needs Saints, and especially the example of those who gave the supreme witness of their love for Christ and his Church: "no one has greater love than he who gives his life for his friends ( Me. l5, l3). These words of the Divine Master, which refer in the first instance to the sacrifice that he himself performed on the cross offering himself for the salvation of all mankind, are also valid for the great and chosen group of martyrs of all time, from the first persecutions of the Church rising up to those - perhaps more hidden but not less cruel - of our days."



"In its long and glorious history, Great Britain, an island of saints, has given the world many men and women who have loved God with this sincere and loyal love: this is why we are pleased to have counted 40 other sons of this noble land today. among those whom the Church publicly recognizes as saints, proposing them with this to the veneration of his faithful, and because these portray a vivid example from their lives."



"To those who have read and admired the acts of their martyrdom, it is clear, we would like to say clearly, that they are the worthy emulators of the greatest martyrs of the past, because of the great humility, intrepidity, simplicity and serenity with which they accepted their sentence and their death, indeed, even more with a spiritual joy and an admirable and radiant charity."

"We have among the 40 Holy Martyrs secular and regular priests, religious of various orders and of different rank, lay people, men of very noble descent as well as of modest condition; we have women who were married and mothers of the family: what unites them all is that interior attitude of fidelity to the call God asked of them, as an answer of love. And the response of the martyrs was unanimous: "I can not but repeat that I die for God and because of my religion; - so said the Saint Philip Evans - and I consider myself so happy that if I could ever have many other lives, I would be very willing to sacrifice them all for such a noble cause"



"And, indeed like many others, the Holy Philip Howard,Earl of Arundel also asserted: "I regret to have only one life to offer for this noble cause." And Margaret Clitherow, with a moving simplicity expressed the meaning of her life and her death: "I die for the love of my Lord Jesus". "What a small thing this is, compared to the much crueler death that Christ has suffered for me," cried the Holy Alban Roe."

"Like many of their fellow countrymen who died in similar circumstances, these forty men and women of England and Wales wanted to be, and were, loyal to their homeland that they loved with all their heart; they wanted to be, and were in fact, faithful subjects of the real power that everyone - without exception - recognized, until their death, as legitimate in all that belongs to the civil and political order.

But this was precisely the drama of the existence of these martyrs, namely that their honest and sincere loyalty to the civil authority came to be in contrast with fidelity to God and with what, according to the dictates of their conscience illuminated by the Catholic faith, they knew to involve the revealed truths, especially on the Holy Eucharist and on the inalienable prerogatives of the successor of Peter, who, at the behest of God, is the universal Pastor of the Church of Christ.


"Placed before the choice to remain steadfast in their faith and therefore to die for it, or to have saved their life by denying the former, they, without a moment of hesitation, and with a truly supernatural force, sided with God and joyfully they faced martyrdom.

But so great was their spirit, so noble were their feelings, so Christian was the inspiration of their existence, that many of them died praying for their beloved homeland, for the King or the Queen, and even for those that they were directly responsible for their capture, their torments, and the ignominious circumstances of their atrocious death.

The last words and the last prayer of Saint John Plessington were these: "God bless the King and his family and grant His Majesty a prosperous kingdom in this life and a crown of glory in the other. God grant peace to his subjects allowing them to live and die in true faith, hope and charity".



"So the Holy Alban Roe, just before the hanging, prayed: "Forgive, O my God, my innumerable offenses, as I lose my persecutors", and, like him, Thomas Garnet who - after having forgiven those who had betrayed him, arrested him and condemned him - begged God saying: "May they all obtain salvation and with me reach heaven".

Reading the acts of their martyrdom and meditating on the rich material collected with so much care over the historical circumstances of their life and their martyrdom, we are struck above all by what unequivocally and radiantly shines in their existence; it, by its very nature, is such as to transcend the centuries, and therefore to remain always fully current and, especially in our days, of paramount importance.

We refer to the fact that these heroic sons and daughters of England and Wales took their faith seriously: this means that they accepted it as the only norm of their life and of their whole conduct, portraying a great serenity and a profound spiritual joy. With a freshness and spontaneity not without that precious gift that is the typical mood of their people.


"The Church and the world today have the greatest need of such men and women, of every state of life: priests, religious and laity, because only people of such stature and holiness will be able to change our tormented world and to give that spiritual and truly Christian orientation to which every man intimately yearns - even sometimes without being aware of it - and of which we all so much need.


"Our gratitude goes to God for having, in his providential goodness, aroused in these Holy Martyrs, the industriousness and the sacrifice of which they have contributed to the preservation of the Catholic faith in England and Wales.

May the Lord continue to raise up in the Church the laity, religious and priests who are worthy emigrants of these heralds of faith.

May God, in his love, also flourish and develop centers of study, formation, prayer and acts to prepare the holy priests and missionaries as they were, in those times, the Venerable Colleges of Rome and Valladolid and the glorious Seminars of St. Omer and Douai, from which some of the Forty Martyrs came out

May the Lord grant us the grace that, in these times of religious indifference and practical materialism, the example and intercession of the Holy Forty Martyrs will comfort us in the faith, reinforce our authentic love for God, for his Church and for all men.

May be be strengthened in this hope by the heavenly friendship of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales who are canonized today. Amen." Pope Saint Paul IV, 25th October 1970."

FOR FILMS ABOUT THE ENGLISH MARTYRS (AS SEEN ON EWTN) VISIT:

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

PAYING THE RENT - Saint Richard Gwyn, 40 Martyrs of England and Wales

RICHARD GWYN was born about 1537, at Llanidloes in Powys. He studied at both English universities, married and became a schoolmaster, teaching for 16 years at various places in Flintshire and Denbighshire. At a date unknown he was reconciled with the Church, and in a 'drive' against Catholic schoolmasters in 1580 he was arrested.

For four years he was carried from jail to jail in chains, brought up at eight assizes, fined absurd sums, tortured. At times he solaced himself by writing verses, in his native Welsh; some of it has survived.


At his last assizes, at Wrexham, he was arraigned for trying to reconcile a man with the Church, and for maintaining that the pope, as successor of St Peter, was head of the Church. The evidence was suborned, the jury packed and subservient.

Saint Richard Gwyn's wife was brought into court, baby in arms, to be admonished, but she rounded on the sheriff and said: "If you want blood, take my life as well as his! Give the witnesses a little bribe, and they will give evidence against me, too!"

She was sent to prison.

A few days later, on 15th October 1581, Saint Richard Gwyn was butchered at Wrexham, "paying my rent" as he put it, "before rent-day".

His last words, uttered in Welsh as he was disemboweled, were, "Jesus, have mercy on me!"

Saint Richard Gwyn was the first Martyr during Penal times to be executed in Wales. He was canonized by Pope Saint Paul IV in 1970.

Saint Richard Gwyn Catholic Film available here: www.marysdowryproductions.org