Divine Mercy Saint Drama Comes to Williamsburg, Virginia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Performance Portrays Polish Saint's Life
SPRINGFIELD, VA (September 3, 2014) - Saint Faustina, born Helen Kowalska, was a Polish nun and mystic, who died in 1938 at the age of 33 and was canonized by Pope John Paul II in April, 2000. She lived much of her life in the obscurity of the convent, both in Warsaw and in Cracow. Obeying her confessor's directives she kept a diary of her daily convent life as well as the extraordinary graces she experienced. Her diary Divine Mercy in My Soul has been published in several languages. She is the saint associated with Divine Mercy Sunday which the Church celebrates on the Sunday after Easter.
Catholic performing artist Nancy Scimone has created a one-woman drama on the Saint's life, using selected excerpts from the diary as her script. "It's my desire," expresses the performer, "to portray both the soul who receives extraordinary graces and the soul who like each of us, seeks to know, love and serve our Lord. Through her diary we learn how she experienced great joy in the simplest of things because she was so open to grace. She teaches us that God's abundant grace, forgiveness and mercy are available to each of us." The drama also gives background to Divine Mercy Sunday and The Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Scimone's drama, "Saint Faustina - Messenger of Mercy," is presented in seven scenes portraying significant facets of the Saint's life including her physical and spiritual trials, trust in Jesus, love for the Sacraments and her love for Mary. After each scene Scimone sings a sacred song to give time for reflection and to progress the story. Fully costumed, Scimone presents her drama without scenery or props with the intent that the simplicity of presentation maintains the intimate convent setting and focuses on the words of the Diary. The drama runs about one hour and is appropriate for all ages.
Scimone has presented over 80 performances of the drama for churches, schools and conferences in 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. Classically trained, she has performed as soprano soloist at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Handel's Messiah, on the steps of the US Capitol, and in New York City. Her inspirational music is heard on radio including EWTN.
The performance is Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 1:30 PM, St. Bede's Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg. (757)229-3631. Ample free parking and wheelchair access. Tickets or reservations are not required. A free-will offering will be collected. Following the performance guests can meet the artist.
http://www.SaintFaustinaDrama.NET VA, 22152 US
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Drama Portrays Polish Saint's Life
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