When I think of most Christian movies, I think of the kind that Dr. Nicolosi mentioned; poorly made, cheaply produced, cheesy films that do their best to inspire but fall short. Fatima was none of these things. I was immediately blown away by the quality of Fatima and was genuinely excited to watch the movie. I was excited because it was a Christian movie that was made well, and that is very rare, as mentioned, but also because I was going to learn a lot about this apparition. Growing up Catholic I learned about the saints, sacraments, and Bible teachings in school. One thing I never spent time learning about was the Marian apparitions. This spring speaker series was a perfect opportunity for me to finally dive into that part of my faith, and after attending the events I can happily say I have grown in my understanding and appreciation immensely. The Fatima movie night provided me with a fun opportunity to learn, appreciate cinema and invite my friends into Christ-centered activities on a Friday night. Similarly, Dr. Nicolosi’s talk allowed me to gain a greater sense of appreciation for her work in Hollywood while also giving me an excuse to invite those close to me to Newman. Friends and family who would not otherwise watch or attend Newman events were very eager to hear from Dr. Barbara, and I was told by many they were really impacted by what she had to say.
I’m very thankful for the time and talent Dr. Nicolosi dedicated to both the Fatima movie and her speaking event at the Newman Center. I am a more emboldened Catholic because of it and have a new direction for prayer now too (pray for Hollywood Catholics, people!)
One final huge thanks to Dr. Nicolosi; your work and spirit in Hollywood are important, and we are praying for you!
- Hannah Dake