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58: 'Hollywood priest' ministers to the stars and makes films

June 13, 2024 Diocese Of Paterson Season 1 Episode 58
58: 'Hollywood priest' ministers to the stars and makes films
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58: 'Hollywood priest' ministers to the stars and makes films
Jun 13, 2024 Season 1 Episode 58
Diocese Of Paterson

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Paulist Father Tom Gibbons, a New Jersey native, joins Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney and Jai Agnish to discuss ministering in Hollywood while producing and directing films of his own with Paulist Productions. His new documentary "Hollywood Priest: The Story of Fr. 'Bud' Kieser" is an entertaining, provocative, and nostalgic chronicle of a visionary who recognized early on the potential of television and film to shape public consciousness.  In the documentary, a star-studded cast of actors and writers describe working with Father Kieser and the importance of TV shows and films like "Insight" and "Romero." Father Kieser's work was revolutionary in its approach to weaving religious and ethical questions into narratives that appealed to a broad audience, proving that faith-based media could be both engaging and thought-provoking.

"Hollywood Priest: The Story of Fr. 'Bud' Kieser" is airing on television and is available to watch on the free PBS app.

Father Tom grew up in Washington Township and attended Mass at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Chester. He became a priest later at an older age and is now, like Father Kieser before him, working in the movie industry in Hollywood as a Catholic priest. Father Tom is vice president of Paulist Productions: a faith-based production company in the Catholic tradition based in Los Angeles, Calif. that seeks to create media content that reveals God's presence in the contemporary human experience.

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Produced by Jai Agnish, Cecile Pagliarulo, and Bishop Kevin Sweeney for the Diocese of Paterson. Engineered, edited, and theme song by Jai Agnish. Illustrations by Dennis Dalelio.

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The Diocese of Paterson, Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney, and Beyond The Beacon are hosting a special event at our St. Paul Inside the Walls evangelization center with America Media’s popular Jesuitical podcast on Sept. 11, 2024, at 7 p.m. Join us for a live recording of one of our favorite podcasts and get to know Jesuitical hosts Ashley McKinless and Zac Davis during an off-air Q&A and meet and greet afterward. 

The Paul Street Journal is all about Catholic Economics. From discussing the economic principles in scripture, to answering economic questions, this show will help you make economic decisions with the heart of the Church. Hosts: Freddy Garcia and Brian Honsberger. Available wherever you get podcasts, or watch on St. Paul Inside the Walls YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@stpaulinsidethewalls

On Coffee with Kupke, we have a cup of coffee and sit down with diocesan archivist, Monsignor Raymond Kupke Ph.D., to delve into the history of Catholicism in the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. Hosted by Father Paul Manning and Msgr. Kupke. Listen to Coffee with Kupke wherever you get your podcasts, or watch it on the St. Paul Inside the Walls YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@stpaulinsidethewalls.

Show Notes

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Paulist Father Tom Gibbons, a New Jersey native, joins Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney and Jai Agnish to discuss ministering in Hollywood while producing and directing films of his own with Paulist Productions. His new documentary "Hollywood Priest: The Story of Fr. 'Bud' Kieser" is an entertaining, provocative, and nostalgic chronicle of a visionary who recognized early on the potential of television and film to shape public consciousness.  In the documentary, a star-studded cast of actors and writers describe working with Father Kieser and the importance of TV shows and films like "Insight" and "Romero." Father Kieser's work was revolutionary in its approach to weaving religious and ethical questions into narratives that appealed to a broad audience, proving that faith-based media could be both engaging and thought-provoking.

"Hollywood Priest: The Story of Fr. 'Bud' Kieser" is airing on television and is available to watch on the free PBS app.

Father Tom grew up in Washington Township and attended Mass at St. Lawrence the Martyr Church in Chester. He became a priest later at an older age and is now, like Father Kieser before him, working in the movie industry in Hollywood as a Catholic priest. Father Tom is vice president of Paulist Productions: a faith-based production company in the Catholic tradition based in Los Angeles, Calif. that seeks to create media content that reveals God's presence in the contemporary human experience.

Thanks for joining us! Please like and subscribe!

Email questions and topic ideas for Bishop Kevin to beyond@patersondiocese.org.

SHOW NOTES: 

Produced by Jai Agnish, Cecile Pagliarulo, and Bishop Kevin Sweeney for the Diocese of Paterson. Engineered, edited, and theme song by Jai Agnish. Illustrations by Dennis Dalelio.

Follow Beyond The Beacon on Instagram and Facebook.

Follow Bishop Kevin on

The Diocese of Paterson, Bishop Kevin J. Sweeney, and Beyond The Beacon are hosting a special event at our St. Paul Inside the Walls evangelization center with America Media’s popular Jesuitical podcast on Sept. 11, 2024, at 7 p.m. Join us for a live recording of one of our favorite podcasts and get to know Jesuitical hosts Ashley McKinless and Zac Davis during an off-air Q&A and meet and greet afterward. 

The Paul Street Journal is all about Catholic Economics. From discussing the economic principles in scripture, to answering economic questions, this show will help you make economic decisions with the heart of the Church. Hosts: Freddy Garcia and Brian Honsberger. Available wherever you get podcasts, or watch on St. Paul Inside the Walls YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@stpaulinsidethewalls

On Coffee with Kupke, we have a cup of coffee and sit down with diocesan archivist, Monsignor Raymond Kupke Ph.D., to delve into the history of Catholicism in the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. Hosted by Father Paul Manning and Msgr. Kupke. Listen to Coffee with Kupke wherever you get your podcasts, or watch it on the St. Paul Inside the Walls YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@stpaulinsidethewalls.