VidEos about Francis in the Schools
This powerful film conveys the excitement of close to 300 children who gathered together in San Francisco’s National Shrine of Saint Francis to see an original musical play about Francis. Skilled actors dramatize scenes from his life, enriched with lively songs, dances, and puppetry. The children then enter the nearby Porziuncola Nuova, a superb replica of the little church that Francis himself rebuilt in Assisi, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI designated this replica a Holy Site, one of only five in the Catholic world.
Finally, the children are taken to a beautiful park where they discover a wonderful “Umbrian Renaissance-style Faire” staged just for them. Here we see scenes from different Faires, where the children are given a nutritious lunch and take part in face painting, flower-basket arranging, and games, and are entertained with a puppet show about Saint Francis.
In this charming film, Francis’s love for God, his kindness to all God’s creatures, and his love for the abundant beauty of the Earth are brought magically to life.
The children were from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the Bay Area. The volunteers were from California and places as distant as Washington, DC, and Hawaii. The friar, Alessandro Brustenghi, was from Assisi, Italy, where he’d spent a quiet life as a Franciscan monk until his gift for song thrust him into the international spotlight. In this uplifting film, we experience a day when “the air was filled with happiness”.