By EmmaLee Italia | Contributing Editor
Teens and their families will have an opportunity March 1 to view a special screening and discussion of the 2018 feature film “Paul, Apostle of Christ,” as part of the Diocese of Trenton’s Year of Youth initiative.
The screening will be hosted in the theater of St. John Vianney High School, Holmdel, beginning at 7 p.m. with an introduction by Doug Tooke, ODB Films’ director of ministry. Following the film, Tooke will share some reflections and stories from the making of the movie, as well as lead a question-and-answer session.
Dan Waddington, director of the diocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries – which is sponsoring the event – said he hopes the screening functions as a thematic follow-up to the Feb. 9 Diocesan Youth Conference, which will focus teens’ attention on discipleship through its “Servant” theme.
“Doug has been a good emcee at different youth events,” Waddington said. “He’s dynamic, engaging and funny. The [film] content is amazing and appropriate for further inspiration through the life of St. Paul … and hopefully his mission will help empower us as ‘servants.’”
“Paul, Apostle of Christ” offers a moving personal depiction of some of the lives behind the birth of the early Christian Church. It brings to life the real human struggles, fears and challenges of some of the individuals of this time. It also powerfully depicts the historical context of the early Church, and portrays what life may have been like for those followers of Jesus, who were trying to live out their new faith in the face of the life-threatening persecution and danger of Emperor Nero’s Rome. It deals with themes of love, grace, guilt, forgiveness, mercy, discernment and perseverance in the face of persecution.
ODB Films is a Catholic ministry that fosters an encounter with Christ through artfully made, spiritually rich films. Partnering with Sony AFFIRM Films, ODB launched its first theatrical release last year.
Tooke is also an adjunct staff member with Life Teen International. With bachelor’s degrees in both philosophy and theology and a master’s in pastoral ministry, he has more than 20 years of professional ministry experience. Tooke has served more than 100 Dioceses in the past 15 years: teaching, keynoting at conventions and training youth ministers. His passion for Catholic teaching and knowledge of story are prevalent in his ministry. A love for film has given him depth to understand story flow, character development, and recognizing conflict and themes essential to Catholic filmmaking.
Teenagers and families are invited; the movie is rated PG-13 – children younger than 13 must be accompanied by a parent.
For more information, contact Dan Waddington, 609-403-7140, email@example.com. St. John Vianney High School is located at 540A Line Road.