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Saints Come Alive Before Your Eyes

11/1/2012 - 3:08 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

VANCOUVER, WA (November 1, 2012) - Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Thérèse the Little Flower, Saint Augustine, Saint John Vianney, Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Saint John of the Cross - these are the saints whom millions have met thanks to Saint Luke Productions' three-plus decades of evangelizing the culture through theater and film. In addition to performing live and creating films on the Gospels of Luke and John, Saint Luke Productions brings the saints face-to-face with audiences in performances that offer the opportunity for a personal encounter with a saint that deepens their previous level of familiarity, which is usually based on a book or a distant classroom memory. These productions impact hearts and minds by encouraging real conversions, offering a sense of hope to the despairing and inspiring people to dig deeper and ponder the purpose of their lives.

Founder and president of Saint Luke Productions, actor Leonardo Defilippis, and his wife Patti, have literally spent their lives spreading the Gospel message. Promoting Catholic culture through the arts is what they do best and aside from travelling theatrical productions, their most well-known film to date is the feature film THERESE, which was a grassroots success in theaters and caught the attention of Hollywood.

When creating the company's professional-quality productions, Defilippis and his team do a great deal of historical research on the life of the saint. Additionally the company collaborates with experts on the particular saint and always produces their dramas with the blessing - or even at the request - of the religious order connected to the particular saint.

"We've often been asked by an order to create a production in conjunction with an anniversary of the saint. We did precisely this, for example, for St. Francis' 800th anniversary at the request of the Franciscans," said Leonardo Defilippis.

Recently, a lady returned from a pilgrimage to France and told Defilippis that when she saw the statues of St. Thérèse and St. John Vianney, which are two of the saints they have promoted in theater and film, she thought immediately of their company. She noted that it was through their dramas and films that she credits being so well-acquainted with the lives of these great saints in heaven. She now considers these saints her friends who, by their holy example and writings, have helped transform and strengthen her faith life.

Commenting on the company's latest touring production, Msgr. Charles Mangan of the Diocese of Sioux Falls' Marian Apostolate commented, "MAXIMILIAN: SAINT OF AUSCHWITZ is more than a theatrical performance. It is an experience...What a joy to see before our eyes the supreme sacrifice that Father Maximilian Mary embraced!"

"This is precisely what we are striving for - that audiences will come to really know and point their lives to Christ and the saints. It's that simple," said Defilippis.

As the Catholic Church moves forward into the Year of Faith, Saint Luke Productions continues touring with their current selections of MAXIMILIAN: SAINT OF AUSCHWITZ, THE PASSION, and VIANNEY - all offering gripping productions, with professional multimedia elements which include simple yet dynamic sets, theatrical lighting, video imagery and original musical scores. Planning for new productions is also in the works right now.

To learn more about the unique apostolate of Saint Luke Productions, visit

To schedule interviews with actor Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions, please contact Janice Gonzalez, (360-487-9979 or of Saint Luke Productions.


Saint Luke Productions   WA, 98604 US
Janice Gonzalez - Media Relations ,  360-487-9979


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