Friday, 12 August 2022
Tuesday, 1 February 2022
This morning, Tuesday 1st February 2022, the Mary's Dowry Productions filming team went out on location to shoot footage for an upcoming film about Margery Kempe. Here are some screenshots from the filming morning.
We filmed for an hour and a half on location at Patching village once again, local to us, with its old church and grounds and walks and fields.
Tuesday, 2 November 2021
From Mary's Dowry Productions now available on DVD worldwide and Instant Digital Download is a NEW film that looks with devotion and detail at the life and mission of Venerable Sister Elizabeth Prout, a Passionist nun and inspiring Englishwoman.
Here is the DVD blurb:
Drawn to Catholicism through the preaching and example of a Passionist priest and missionary to 19th century England, Blessed Dominic Barberi, Elizabeth Prout would come to be known and loved throughout England, and eventually the world, as a daughter of the Passionists, a sister of The Second Spring, a founder of the religious Order of ‘The Sisters of the Cross and Passion’ and a shining light in the infamous slums of Manchester, where England and Ireland’s Catholics heroically persevered in living and practicing the Catholic Faith while enduring the most shocking conditions.
Raised a Protestant in 19th century England, Elizabeth lived near Aston Hall where Fr Dominic Barberi would be called by Our Lady from Italy to England her Dowry, to found the first Passionist foundation and receive Saint John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. Despite England’s anti-Catholic atmosphere at that time and her parents’ hostility towards the Catholic Church, Elizabeth Prout joyfully entered into the Fullness of the Faith. Guided by the Passionists she was able to respond to the burning love in her heart for Christ in His Passion and in the faces of the poor. She worked with Fr Ignatius Spencer, a fellow convert and son of the Earl Spencer, (also a relative of Princess Diana), to found her order of nuns and live a life of inspiring service and deep spiritual insight.
In this NEW film we look at the life of Venerable Sr Elizabeth Prout, a Saint for our times. Length and Format: Elizabeth Prout is 45 minutes in length and is available worldwide on Region Free DVD. As with all our DVDs you will automatically be sent PAL or NTSC format depending on your country.
Here are the links:
NEW from Mary's Dowry Productions this November 2021 and now available on DVD worldwide and Instant Digital Download is a film about Blessed Anna Maria Taigi. We were asked to produce a film about this Italian wife, mother and mystic and are now pleased to offer a detailed, spiritual, informative and devotional film that looks at her life and many of her gifts, visions and prophesies, including one that she is recently popular for among online Catholics: The Three Days of Darkness, as recorded by her biographer.
Sunday, 11 July 2021
July 11th 2021 - Mary's Dowry Productions UK
Currently we have six films in production at various stages, with narration being performed, editing on final productions, costume preparation OR writing taking place for films about:
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi
Fr Ignatius Spencer
Sr Elizabeth Prout
St Ralph Sherwin
Saint David Lewis
This weekend we were able to meet with a friend and parishioner at a local spot to film visuals of Fr Ignatius Spencer for our film about Sr Elizabeth Prout and out film about Fr Ignatius Spencer. Despite the threat of rain we were able to keep (mostly) dry and spent a good two and a half hours recreating significant moments from the life and mission of this important Passionist Priest.
Fr Ignatius Spencer is well-known as being a great uncle of Princess Diana Spencer. He was the youngest son of George, the 2nd Earl Spencer, and was given the name George at his birth. He grew up at Althorp House and Estate and went to Eton with his elder brother (the latter of whom would become the 3rd Earl Spencer). The late Princess Diana Spencer's brother is the current 9th Earl Spencer.
Very intelligent, sensitive, pious and good, the young George Spencer studied very hard and went off to Cambridge for further education. He later became an Anglican deacon and Anglican Vicar and was given a parish, spending his time in service to his people, especially the poor, taking clothes and food to those in need.
His study of the Early Church Fathers, as well as trying (and failing) to find a scriptural basis for the Protestant 39 Articles, led him eventually to Catholicism. Seeking to spare his aristocratic and Protestant family from the awkwardness of their son become a Catholic, he left England to study in Rome and eventually became a Catholic priest.
George joined the Passionist Order which was known for a special interest in England and the return of England to the Catholic Faith. He took the name Father Ignatius of St Paul and befriended Blessed Dominic Barberi. Before his religious life, Fr Ignatius had created a powerful crusade of prayer for the conversion of England and lectured on The Great Importance of a Reunion Between the Catholics and the Protestants of England and the Method of Effecting It. He also wrote to St. John Henry Newman, then an Anglican, asking the great Oxford scholar to join him in prayer for unity. Newman refused but later apologised.
Fr Ignatius Spencer spent years travelling England and Ireland and was also the spiritual director of Sr Elizabeth Prout who founded an order of Passionist nuns in Manchester and dedicated her life to helping the poor.
He died not long after Elizabeth Prout in 1861. Father Ignatius’ health had always been precarious at best and worn out with continual work, preaching and begging he suffered a heart attack and died alone in a ditch (the death he had often described as ideal for himself) on 1st October 1864. He was buried alongside Dominic Barberi in St. Anne’s, Sutton, St. Helens on October 4th and now rests in the shrine church there. When his body was exhumed in 1973 it was noted that Father Ignatius suffered from horrific arthritis, but that his tongue had not suffered any decay since the day of his death.
Our film about Fr Ignatius Spencer will be released soon from Mary's Dowry Productions on DVD and Instant Digital Video. Visit our website for NEW releases and a full catalogue of our Catholic and historical films available worldwide.
Wednesday, 14 April 2021
BLESSED ANNA MARIA TAIGI FILM
Mary's Dowry Productions has been asked several times by several different people to produce a film about the life of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, a wife, mother and mystic of the Catholic Church.
Today we filmed footage for a NEW film about her which is now in its production stage. Our location was at a local village to us called Clapham in West Sussex.
In her mysterious sun, Blessed Anna Maria simply had to direct her gaze upon it and come into possession of knowledge far transcending what was merely human and natural. It was ever present to her inward eye and remained before her wherever she was, both day and night. Our Lord Himself often directed her, as did Our Lady and various Saints.
A morning in March 2021 saw Mary's Dowry Productions on location at Patching, West Sussex, filming for our next production; Elizabeth Prout. She was born and raised an Anglican but encountered the Catholic Faith especially through the Passionists. She lived near Aston Hall where Father Dominic Barberi founded the first Passionist monastery after an invitation from Nicholas Wiseman. The Catholic Faith was still regarded with suspicion and hostility in England, particularly by the Protestants. Elizabeth would find her calling among the poor in Manchester in the slums around Saint Chad's, guided to found a new order of nuns who lived and worked with the poor. The community would later become the Sisters of the Cross and Passion, with the spirituality of the Passionist Order.
Elizabeth's life and mission was linked to the Second Spring of the Catholic Faith in England with Blessed Dominic Barberi and especially her spiritual director, Father Ignatius Spencer. She is honoured for her special love for the poor and Irish Immigrants, the Passion and her order of nuns.
Our film about ELIZABETH PROUT is coming soon to DVD from Mary's Dowry Productions. For a fill list of films by Mary's Dowry Productions about the lives of the Saints and English Martyrs visit our website:
Our NEW film about the Servant of God Edel Quinn is now available worldwide on DVD in all region formats from Marys Dowry Productions. In this film we look at the life of Edel Quinn, her work with the Legion of Mary, her special mission to Africa and the Legion of Mary as an apostolate worldwide.
Here is the blurb and direct link - DVD will be sent in your region format - English language only:
"Edel Quinn was born in Ireland in 1907 into a loving Catholic family. She was lively, happy, kind and attentive. These dispositions remained for her whole life which was centred upon charity for her neighbour, service of Our Lady and attending Mass. She said, “What a desolation life would be without the Eucharist.” Despite her plans to join the Poor Clares, God had a different plan for Edel’s life: she would become a legendary missionary for the Legion of Mary, especially working to spread the great and powerful work of the Legion of Mary throughout Africa. Although she battled with tuberculosis for most of her life, Edel was dedicated in her vocation. She only lived until the age of 36, but has left us an inspiring example of trust, love of Mary and our neighbour, dedication and prayer. She especially points us to learn about and perhaps even join the Legion of Mary. In this new film by Mary’s Dowry Productions we look at the life and mission of Edel Quinn and the Legion of Mary."
Monday, 1 February 2021
Monday, 7 September 2020
This month (September 2020) we have kick started production once again with a morning spent filming scenes for an upcoming DVD about Edel Quinn and the Legion of Mary.
We headed for Clapham Wood and church in West Sussex with our camera, a few props, costume and tripod to capture some imagery representing Edel Quinn in Ireland for the first part of her biography.
Edel Quinn travelled often to set up praesidiums, so we used a suitcase from our 94 year old grandfather's loft which looked perfect to accompany Edel on her travels.