Documentary to chronicle area pilgrims on 60-mile trek

July 29, 2019 at 12:37 p.m.
Documentary to chronicle area pilgrims on 60-mile trek
Documentary to chronicle area pilgrims on 60-mile trek


By David Karas | Correspondent

A pilgrimage can be an intense and rejuvenating faith experience, and pilgrims embark upon such a journey with any number of inspirations.

That was the case with the recent Polish walking pilgrimage, a nearly 60-mile walk from Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows, to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa. This was the 30th year for the pilgrimage, which took place in August.

Thanks to the time and talents of a group of area pilgrims, the experience – both collective and on an individual level through the lens of various participants – has been captured in a short documentary, “A Walk of Faith,” which is set to be released at the end of October.

“The film is about our personal experiences,” said Matthew Marzorati, a member of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, and creative director at True Goodness Films, which is producing the film. Marzorati served as director and editor, working with fellow members of Young Adults in Faith, a ministry consisting of the Diocese’s millennials.

Denielle Balint, a member of St. Monica Parish, Jackson, worked on editing and filming, and Gabriella Furmato, director of community relations and program host for the Domestic Church Media Foundation, Ewing, served as the interviewer for on-camera discussions.

Marzorati said that the short film, which will run about six or seven minutes, will highlight the experiences of the pilgrims, as well as some of their individual reasons for participating.

“It highlights different people at different stages,” he said, noting the diversity of voices included in the footage they captured during the pilgrimage. “We had people in college, older people, people in different locations – a collection of stories.”

Marzorati, 27, shared his own reflections on participating in the walking pilgrimage, describing it as an experience of trusting in God.

“It really helped me to understand that if you trust in the Lord, you can do great things,” he said. “A lot of people have different struggles, [and] they just offer them up to Mary on this walk.”

The film will also feature Father John Large, parochial vicar in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, who works closely with Marzorati and the other members of the Young Adults in Faith group.

Marzorati noted that he hopes viewers will enjoy the documentary and the perspectives it shares, as well as to promote an opportunity to reflect on their own faith journey.

 

 

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By David Karas | Correspondent

A pilgrimage can be an intense and rejuvenating faith experience, and pilgrims embark upon such a journey with any number of inspirations.

That was the case with the recent Polish walking pilgrimage, a nearly 60-mile walk from Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Great Meadows, to the Our Lady of Czestochowa Shrine in Doylestown, Pa. This was the 30th year for the pilgrimage, which took place in August.

Thanks to the time and talents of a group of area pilgrims, the experience – both collective and on an individual level through the lens of various participants – has been captured in a short documentary, “A Walk of Faith,” which is set to be released at the end of October.

“The film is about our personal experiences,” said Matthew Marzorati, a member of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, and creative director at True Goodness Films, which is producing the film. Marzorati served as director and editor, working with fellow members of Young Adults in Faith, a ministry consisting of the Diocese’s millennials.

Denielle Balint, a member of St. Monica Parish, Jackson, worked on editing and filming, and Gabriella Furmato, director of community relations and program host for the Domestic Church Media Foundation, Ewing, served as the interviewer for on-camera discussions.

Marzorati said that the short film, which will run about six or seven minutes, will highlight the experiences of the pilgrims, as well as some of their individual reasons for participating.

“It highlights different people at different stages,” he said, noting the diversity of voices included in the footage they captured during the pilgrimage. “We had people in college, older people, people in different locations – a collection of stories.”

Marzorati, 27, shared his own reflections on participating in the walking pilgrimage, describing it as an experience of trusting in God.

“It really helped me to understand that if you trust in the Lord, you can do great things,” he said. “A lot of people have different struggles, [and] they just offer them up to Mary on this walk.”

The film will also feature Father John Large, parochial vicar in St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, who works closely with Marzorati and the other members of the Young Adults in Faith group.

Marzorati noted that he hopes viewers will enjoy the documentary and the perspectives it shares, as well as to promote an opportunity to reflect on their own faith journey.

 

 

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