‘A Mighty Man: The Father Gerry Roche Story’ at Filmbase

| August 21, 2012 | Comments (1)
A Mighty Man: The Father Gerry Roche Story will be screened at Filmbase on 30th August. 

Father Gerry Roche spent over 40 years building clinics, schools, churches and community centers in Kenya’s politically contentious Rift Valley.

The thousands of people helped by his unflagging efforts to make their lives better were distraught when Father Gerry was brutally murdered in 2009 (just 2 years short of his planned retirement in Ireland).

Father Gerry was a man of contradictions: a devoted Catholic priest who longed for the opportunity to marry, a dedicated human rights activist who found humor and mischief in everything, and an ardent supporter of people his Church historically marginalized, including unwed mothers and same-sex couples.

This film focuses on the the life of Father Gerry as told by his closest friends, family members and former parishioners from around the world. Through audio interviews and home videos, Father Gerry essentially narrates the story of his own life.

Today, Irish people are reeling from seemingly endless new discoveries of sexual abuse committed by priests and cover-ups by their brethren. Thus, understandably, many Irish people often refer to the Church nowadays in purely pejorative terms. However, because of this, many of the good people involved in the Church have been tarred with the same unfavorable brush as those who committed grave crimes. This film gives people  the opportunity to recognize (and be motivated by) the positive impact made by someone like Father Gerry Roche, who dedicated his life to service and spirituality, above all else.

There will be a wine and cheese reception at 8pm, followed by the film at 8:30pm, and a Q&A session with family members and friends of Father Roche afterwards. Tickets are 5 Euro at the door and cannot be purchased in advance.

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  1. Fr. Michael Cooke says:

    Where can this film be seen? It sounds very interesting. I just read about it in the Irish Catholic. Is the DVD for sale?

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