Tuesday, 19 February 2019

The Countess of Salisbury, a Catholic Tudor Martyr, Margaret Pole, Catholic DVD of her life as seen on EWTN

Blessed Margaret Pole - The Countess of Salisbury - Catholic DVD


In 2009 Mary's Dowry Productions produced a film about Blessed Margaret Pole, the Countess of Salisbury. This was inspired due to our interest in this important Tudor martyr due to her link with a local area near us, as well as an admiration for her loyalty to the Catholic Faith despite King Henry VIII's threat on her life.


For the film production of this DVD, we hired out Cowdray House ruins in Midhurst, West Sussex when they were closed (for £50) and were given permission to film our costumed visuals of Blessed Margaret Pole throughout the site. This was very moving and atmospheric.


Blessed Margaret Pole was held at Cowdray House for several months before she was taken to the Tower of London, where she spent two years awaiting her execution. Her crime? She refused to accept King Henry VIII as head of the Church and she refused to deny the Catholic Faith or the authority of the Pope.


Incredibly, Blessed Margaret Pole was godmother to King Henry VIII's daughter, Princess Mary, as well as friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon. She was also the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. She was a loyal and devout woman, mother of the future Cardinal Reginald Pole who was the last true Archbishop of Canterbury.


Our film about Blessed Margaret Pole remains our most popular DVD and is posted out throughout the world every month. Not only to Catholics but secular people interested in her life and martyrdom.


Blessed Margaret Pole DVD is available worldwide from Mary's Dowry Productions online shop: www.marysdowryproductions.org and is also part of The Tudor Box Set available from the same site.


The Fourth Seer of Fatima, a Saint for our times - Miracle of the Eucharist, Blessed Alexandrina da Costa DVD


Blessed Alexandrina da Costa DVD

It has been almost ten years since Mary's Dowry Productions produced 'Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa' DVD. It is the only English-speaking film available about this great Saint of the Eucharist and has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN, with DVDs sent regularly throughout the globe.


In 2010 we were encouraged by a Catholic author to produce a film about Blessed Alexandrina. We already had an interest in her life and a devotion to her for some years. In order to produce the film we recreated many important moments of the life of Blessed Alexandrina.


Blessed Alexandrina was born in Portugal. When only 14 years of age she sustained a severe injury after jumping from a window to escape attackers. She then managed to return to the room and fight them off of her sister and friend.



Finding herself bedridden for the rest of her life, Blessed Alexandrina realized that Jesus was a prisoner also - in the Tabernacle. She began to unite her soul with His Real presence and offered herself to Him as a Victim of His Divine Justice as she was made aware of the many grave sins that were offending Our Lord.


Blessed Alexandrina therefore spent every moment of her painful life in union with Jesus. He visited her, guided her and after some time invited her to relive His Most Sacred Passion for the conversion of sinners.


We recreated this profound and miraculous occurrence which would take place every Friday in Blessed Alexandrina's room. She was paralyzed so the fact that she entered into a holy ecstasy and relived the Passion was astounding. 


For our film about Blessed Alexandrina, we used one set - a recreation of her bedroom. Blessed Alexandrina was also a Miracle of the Eucharist. She implored the many people who came to visit her to pray the rosary, consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and wear the Brown Scapular.


Our film about Blessed Alexandrina has been praised by the 'Friends of Blessed Alexandrina', as well as several authors and promoters of this important Saint for our times. It is available worldwide on DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions online shop and is a wonderful way to get to know this great Blessed of the Church:





Every single Catholic film by Mary's Dowry Productions in (two for the price of one film) Catholic box sets

It has been a busy year so far for Mary's Dowry Productions, producing box sets of most of our films. Have you seen our growing range? It is now possible to order almost every single one of our films about the Saints and English Martyrs, two films for the price of one, with our NEW box set range.


We wanted to make these available in groups so as to be able to send out and make known as many biographies about the early British Saints, unknown English Martyrs, important 'Blesseds' and even popular Saints as possible.

This year we hope to complete our NEW film about Saint Francis de Sales and Saint Jane de Chantal, truly an inspiring story with wonderful quotes and insights from their letters and writings.

So far we have managed to the film visuals and record the narration. We have slowed down after twelve years of production so as to focus on promoting many of our films about the lesser known Saints and Martyrs as possible.

With three new projects currently in production we hope to work on these while sending off many parcels throughout the world as well as preparing several of our films for broadcast through various non-profit Catholic media.

Mary's Dowry Productions is a Catholic film productions apostolate founded in 2007, run by volunteers, to bring the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs to people using film.

Take a look at out website here: www.marysdowryproductions.org

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!