Sunday, 11 July 2021

Fr Ignatius Spencer filming - New Catholic DVD

 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

Margery Kempe

St Ralph Sherwin

and

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.


www.marysdowryproductions.org 

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi and her Mysterious Sun - filming day

 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.

Anna Maria Taigi was an only child. When still little she moved with her family to Rome where she worked as a seamstress and milliner which gave her a love of fashion and high quality clothes. After her marriage she experienced a deeper conversion to the Catholic Faith when she was moved by an interior inspiration to go to confession while walking to Saint Peter's Basilica adorned in her finery. After several difficulties, Anna Maria went to Confession to a Saintly priest and began to walk the way of heroic sanctity.


She joined the Trinitarians as a Third Order member and developed a deep prayer life amidst her duties as a wife and mother. Her love for the poor was utterly giving and selfless. She entered upon the narrow way of the Cross with a special call from God to be a victim soul, interceding especially for the conversion of souls.


After she received the Scapular of the Trinitarians, Blessed Anna Maria saw a mysterious sun that would remain before her interior eyes for 49 years. It was a gift from God in which she was able to contemplate heavenly Truths, the state of souls, events from the past and present and sometimes future events. This gift was unique in the life of a Saint and after alarming her when she first saw it she found that it gave her permanent control over her interior emotions and her outward actions as well as a special means for knowing divers wants of individual souls, the secret of sinners' consciences, the snares of Satan, the Church's dangers and all the evils she was destined to remedy.


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.

Blessed Anna Maria had a great love for the souls of the deceased, a devotion to Saint Philomena, the rosary, visiting the sick and the incurable, but most especially the care and education of her children, the management of her house and the patient attention and marriage duties to her husband, Dominic, who often had ill humour and bad moods with his fiery character, but who loved and admired his wife deeply.


This great Blessed of the Church would often become enraptured at the presence of God and contemplation of His Truths while even at simple tasks. She would go rigid and behold many correspondences from Christ in her mysterious sun for the good of souls, the world and the Church.

Despite such heavenly gifts and a mystical life, she was profoundly humble with an intense charity that saw her bear with great sufferings, persecutions, calumny, devilish attacks, ill health and the toils of every day life. She used and enjoyed her supernatural gift of her mysterious sun constantly to the end of her life.



Our film about Blessed Anna Maria Taigi will look at her life in her family and her special call, mystical gifts, encounters with Christ, Our Lady and her patron Saints, her mysterious sun, her example and place in history as well as many things she foresaw. COMING SOON from Mary's Dowry Productions.

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Saint David Lewis - Welsh Martyr film

SAINT DAVID LEWIS

 

We were asked 10 years ago to make a film about the last Welsh Martyr, Saint David Lewis. We are pleased that we now have a film in production. Here is a look at the upcoming film in this new trailer from Mary's Dowry Productions. COMING SOON!

Elizabeth Prout filming day - NEW Catholic DVD

 

ELIZABETH PROUT FILMING DAY


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.


We decided to portray Elizabeth wearing her habit with a Passionist Emblem, the latter of which was approved and added a few years after her death.



In our film we look at the life of Elizabeth Prout which has a very special relevance today in the Church and for the Catholic Faith in England.


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:


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Edel Quinn and The Legion of Mary NEW film

 


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

Saint Anne Line and the Feast of the Purification

 



Saint Anne Line was arrested in Elizabethan England on 2nd February 1601 when her house was raided during the feast of the Purification, also known as Candlemas. On this day a blessing of candles traditionally takes place before the Mass, and it was during this rite that the raiders burst in and made arrests. The priest, Fr Francis Page, managed to slip into a special hiding place prepared by Anne Line and afterwards to escape, but she was arrested.


She was tried at the Sessions House on Old Bailey Lane on 26 February 1601 and told the court that so far from regretting having concealed a priest, she only grieved that she "could not shelter a thousand more." Sir John Popham, the judge, sentenced her to death for the felony of assisting a seminary priest. Saint Anne Line was hanged on 27th February 1601.

She was executed immediately before two priests, Fr. Roger Filcock and Fr. Mark Barkworth, who received the more severe sentence of hanging, drawing and quartering. At the scaffold she repeated what she had said at her trial, declaring loudly to the bystanders: "I am sentenced to die for harbouring a Catholic priest, and so far I am from repenting for having so done, that I wish, with all my soul, that where I have entertained one, I could have entertained a thousand."

The lives of the English Martyrs in film from Mary's Dowry Productions - 'Saint Anne Line: The Safe House Keeper' produced 2010, more here: