Saint Faustina Drama in Wilimington, DE
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August 20, 2013
Saint Faustina Drama Comes to Delaware
Washington, DC (August 20, 2013) - Saint Faustina, born Helen Kowalska, was a Polish nun and mystic who died in 1938 at the age of 33 and was canonized by John Paul II in April 2000. Although she lived much of her life in the obscurity of the convent, she obeyed the directives of her mother superior and recorded a diary of both her extraordinary graces as well as her daily convent life. Her diary Divine Mercy in My Soul has been published and translated from the original Polish into several languages. She is the saint associated with Divine Mercy Sunday which the Church celebrates on the octave of Easter.
Performing artist Nancy Scimone has created a one-woman drama on the life and message of Saint Faustina, using selected excerpts from the diary as her script. "It's my desire," expresses the performer, "to portray both the chosen soul who receives extraordinary graces and the soul who, like each of us, seeks to love and serve Our Lord. Her trust in God and her love for the Sacraments inspire and strengthen us. Through her diary, we learn how she experienced great joy in the simplest of things because she was so open to grace. Saint Faustina teaches us that God's abundant grace and mercy are available to each of us." The drama also gives background to Divine Mercy Sunday and the prayer The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Scimone's drama, titled Saint Faustina - Messenger of Mercy, is presented in seven scenes reflecting significant facets of the Saint's life, including her physical and spiritual trials, trust in Jesus, love for the Sacraments, her love for Mary, and seeking quietude to hear God's voice. After each dramatic segment, Scimone sings a song drawn from both traditional and original sacred music. The songs allow time for reflection and also progress the story. Fully costumed, Scimone presents her drama without scenery or props with the intent that the simplicity of presentation maintains the focus on the words. The drama runs about one hour and is appropriate for all ages.
Scimone has presented over 75 performances of the drama for churches, schools and conferences in both the US and Canada, including the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA, and a ten-performance Chicago tour. A classically trained soprano, she has performed as soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, on the steps of the US Capitol, and in New York City. Her inspirational music recordings are heard on radio, including EWTN and Ave Maria Radio.
The Delaware performance is at Saint Helena's Parish on Saturday, September 7 at 8:00 PM. The drama is part of an evening of events to benefit Rachel's Vineyard of Wilmington (a post-abortion healing program) and 40 Days for Life, beginning with 5:00 PM Mass followed by a spaghetti dinner, a talk by Fr. John McFadden, and the drama. Tickets are $20. Reservations are required due to limited seating. The church is at 602 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE. Please call Lorie (302) 994-8861 for reservations and details about the drama.
For interview, photo or more details on performer Nancy Scimone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 571-232-1873
http://nancyscimone.com DE, 20009 US
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Faustina, Drama, 40-Days for Life, Rachel's Vineyard, Benerfit
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