Friday 9 June 2023

Upcoming film about Saint David Lewis, 40 Martyrs of England and Wales

 Editing starts this week on Mary's Dowry Productions new film about Saint David Lewis, sharing through film the inspiring life and mission of this heroic Catholic priest during Penal Times. Filming took place in 2020 where we recreated key moments from Saint David Lewis's life.

Saint David Lewis is one of the 40 Martyrs of England and Wales. 

 A convert to the outlawed Catholic Faith in his day, this 17th century Welshman was ordained a Catholic Jesuit priest and gave his life for his people; risking everything to bring the illegal Catholic Sacraments into England and Wales during the dangerous persecution of Catholics in Penal Times.

 Braving hardship, hunted, threatened with death, this pious Catholic priest was truly a hero of the Catholic Church, bringing to the downtrodden Catholic people of Wales the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as well as hearing Confessions, administering Extreme Unction and giving true and authentic Catechesis; encouraging devotions, promoting love of the Eucharist, obedience to the Pope as the Head of the Church, and sharing his love of God, His Most Holy Mother and the Saints. 

Saint David Lewis worked for 30 years in Monmouthshire, paying much attention to the poor people and people in need, thus he became known as Tad y Tlodion ("Father of the Poor"). Betrayed, captured by priest hunters, and accused of being part of the fictitious Titus Oates plot, Saint David Lewis was charged with treason and executed for his Catholic priesthood during the reign of King Charles II.

 During his speech at the gallows he said: A Roman Catholic I am; a Roman Catholic priest I am; a Roman Catholic priest of that order known as the Society of Jesus, I am. He was canonised a Saint and Martyr in 1970 and has left us a powerful and inspiring witness for our times. The life and mission of Saint David Lewis is now presented in this new film from Mary’s Dowry Productions.


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