Local church to present story of Saint Therese

Local church to present story of Saint Therese Therese: The Story of a Soul, a new live drama written and produced by award-winning actor and director Leonardo Defilippis, will be presented at St. Agnes Church on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

The life of Saint Therese of Lisieux would have remained buried in obscurity if she had not written down her story before dying of tuberculosis in a French monastery at the age of 24. Her autobiography quickly circulated around the world and her simple spirituality touched the hearts of millions, making t hidden Carmelite sister one of the most beloved saints of all time.

Pope John Paul II recognized this when he, in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of her death, named Saint Therese a Doctor of the Church, making her only the third woman in history to be so honored.

This 90-minute drama, with an original orchestral score, is on its debut national tour, presented by Saint Luke Productions of Beaverton, OR. It features Maggie Mahrt in the title role of an ordinary middle-class girl who enters a convent at the age of 15. She discovers a way of life based on humility and simple trust in the mercy of God. Her honest, direct spirituality speaks powerfully to our busy modern age.

This is the first one-woman drama produced by Defilippis, who has delivered more than 1,500 one-man performances to audiences of more than 500,000 people in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Defilippis, trained as a Shakespearean actor, founded Saint Luke Productions in 1980. Since then, the company has produced seven live religious dramas and five videos that have been broadcast worldwide, and received awards in the New York, Chicago and Cascade Film Festivals.

The drama is suitable for ages 10 and up and admission is a free-will offering. For more information, contact (605) 624-4478.

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