As part of the Year of Faith campaign, the new movie Restless Heart, a feature film about the famous theologian St. Augustine (November 13, 354 – August 28, 430), will be screened at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, in the University Center at DeSales University’s Center Valley campus.
The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture at DeSales University and the Diocese of Allentown. No tickets are required.
Set against the backdrop of the collapse of the Roman Empire, this historical drama tells the dramatic story of Augustine of Hippo, chronicling his transformation from a self-centered pursuer of fame and fortune to one of the Church’s most beloved and well-known saints who laid the intellectual foundations of what became Europe.
St. Augustine was the author of many excellent homilies and books, including his Confessions, a famous account of his childhood and his life as a scholar and bishop in the fourth-century Roman Empire. His soul-searching descriptions of his lamented sins and his conversion to Christianity have inspired others throughout the centuries.
Mark Brumley, president of Ignatius Press, the film’s American distributor, said that St. Augustine’s story is "inspiring and compelling" and his writings are "among the most respected in the world, even today." Brumley adds that this film is “one of the most moving stories of conversion and reconciliation ever brought to the big screen.” Christian Duguay directed the film, and the cast includes Franco Nero, Johannes Bandrup, Monica Guerritore and Alessandro Preziosi.
Established in 2000, The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture’s mission is to promote the interaction of faith and culture, in a mutually beneficial engagement, through academic initiatives that focus on the authentic integration of social concerns and gospel values. The Salesian Center supports intellectual activity in research studies, dialogue events including public forums and lectures and partnership programs. For information about The Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, visit our website at www.desales.edu/salesian or call 610-282-1100, ext. 1244.