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St. Veronica's and Four Trenton Diocese Churches Present Leonardo DeFilippis in VIANNEY One Man Play

January 25, 2010 - 5:11 PST


Five Performances in February Stars Shakespearian Actor as St. John Vianney in Drama For The Year for Priests

Howell, NJ (January 25, 2010) - St. Veronica Church today announced it will join four other Trenton Diocese parishes to present VIANNEY, a one-man drama featuring renowned Shakespearian actor Leonard DeFilippis. Leonardo DeFilippis is the founder and president of Saint Luke Productions and Luke Films located near Vancouver, Washington. He is a critically acclaimed Catholic actor, producer, and director of live religious productions, videos, DVDs, and films, including the 2004 feature film THÉRČSE, which appeared in theaters for an unprecedented 70 weeks.

The following Trenton Diocese parishes are featuring performances of VIANNEY: Mary, Mother of God Church (Middletown), St. Barnabas Church (Bayville), St. Paul's Church (Princeton), St. Raphael Church (Hamilton), and St. Veronica Church (Howell). Tickets for all performances are $5.00 each and begin at 7:30pm.

This production is touring the U.S. as a part of the worldwide celebration of the Year for Priests, declared by Pope Benedict XVI from June 2009 to June 2010. To reinvigorate and inspire fervent prayer for vocations and a new and deeper understanding of this most important calling, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the beloved Saint John Vianney as the patron of this year, and as the patron of all the priests of the world. VIANNEY is a perfect introduction to the saint, and gives a new and encouraging answer to the question, "What is a priest?"

John Vianney, commonly known as the Curé of Ars, lived in the era following the French Revolution, which had decimated the Catholic faith in France. Vianney courageously overcame attacks on the Church and succeeded in reforming the lives of his parishioners, as well as drawing hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to the tiny parish. Sixteen hours a day were spent in the cramped confessional, and people were willing to wait in line for days for a few minutes of his counsel. Vianney himself found the onslaught difficult to bear, and even tried to escape to a monastery to live and pray in peace. In the end, however, he returned to his flock, recognizing his role as "the shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep."

The following are the details for performances of VIANNEY in date order:

• St. Raphael-Holy Angels Church (Hamilton)
o Date/Time: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 7:30pm
Place: 3500 South Broad Street
Hamilton, NJ 08610
o Contact: 609.585.7049 or email at

• St. Barnabas Church (Bayville)
o Date/Time: Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 7:30pm
Place: 33 Woodland Road
Bayville, NJ 08721
o Contact: 732.269.2208 or email at

• St. Paul's Church (Princeton)
o Date/Time: Thursday, February 11, 2010 at 7:30pm
Place: 214 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
o Contact: 609.924-1743, ext. 10 or email at

• Mary, Mother of God Church (Middletown)
o Date/Time: Friday, February 12, 2010 at 7:30pm
Place: 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road
Middletown, NJ 07748
o Contact: 732.671.0071 or email at

• St. Veronica Church (Howell)
o Date/Time: Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 7:30pm
o Place: 4215 Route 9 North
Howell, NJ 07731
o Contact: 732.363.4200 or email at


St. Veronica's Church
NJ, 07731 US
Len Abbazia - Marketing Advisor, 917 617-1574


Vianney, St. Veronica, One Man Play



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