For too many people in the film industry, their jobs are their lives and they only feel worth insofar as they succeed. That’s a lie, but it’s a strong current that sweeps everyone into it, including me. It makes you feel special because people take you to lunch, because you write a perfect coverage, or […]

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1. Back in his theater days, he literally saved the show with his phenomenal memory We all know JPII had a passion for drama and literature, even as a young teenager.  But what I didn’t know was that he saved the show once with his incredible memory. One of the cast members in his production […]

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President Connolly shares the story of founding JPCatholic and the inspiration drawn from John Paul II in shaping the University. The Story I spent November 2nd, 2000, at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio – it was a day that would change my life forever. I didn’t want to be there. My 16-year old daughter, who […]

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Most of us leave after fade out and before the end credits. In the old days, credits came before the film as did other small entertainments or news. Hollywood put a big emphasis on their crews and cast, making sure that we, the paying audience, appreciated the immense effort poured into such endeavors, at least […]

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Mercy, Myth and Mystery: Reflections on Noah

April 6, 2014 Faculty Posts

[Spoilers below] When I teach classes on storytelling and faith integration, one of the most important things I can share with students is that sermons aren’t stories, and stories aren’t sermons.  They can complement each other, but the deepest power of stories is their ability to illustrate truths, to connect the storyteller and the audience […]

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The Power of Unconditional Love

April 2, 2014 Grace Meihaus

Recently, I watched for the first time the movie, Catch Me If You Can. This movie was not just entertaining but emotional.  While watching this movie I began to see a very important theme in this thrilling story. The story is about a young man, Frank Abagnale Jr., who runs away from his family and […]

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Striking the Balance with Noah

March 30, 2014 Joe Houde

(Full spoilers below)  So I wanted to like Noah – I really did. I saw it Thursday night with an open mind, expecting a story that strongly deviated from Scripture.  I was willing to give Aronofsky quite a bit of artistic license, and just let myself enjoy a good story loosely inspired by our Judeo-Christian […]

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What Would Noah Think of “Noah”?

March 28, 2014 Alumni Posts

Spoiler Alert – So while I will not be revealing any major plot twists in this commentary, it’s impossible to talk about the new Noah adaptation without mentioning some details.  I have a strong dislike for people when they talk about movies in too much detail, giving away everything from a character’s ending to the […]

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The HFR Medium and How It Can Survive

March 26, 2014 Chris Rodacy

When I first found out that Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit was going to be shot in 48 frames per second, my geek feelers went off. For a long time I have been what you might call a fan of “un-traditional media exposition.” So when the chance came along to watch the Hobbit in IMAX 3D […]

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Our 33 favorite JPII quotes

March 25, 2014 Joe Houde

Happy Feast of the Annunciation! If you follow John Paul the Great Catholic University on Facebook, you are well familiar with “JP2sday” when every Tuesday we post a new JPII quote.  Well… it’s officially 33 days until John Paul II’s canonization, and below are our 33 favorite quotes from this soon-to-be-saint! #1  #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 […]

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