Screening of film featuring friars who serve society’s outcasts to be followed by conversation with producer

By Meg Mirshak

An eye-opening documentary featuring society’s forgotten poor and the Franciscan friars who live and work beside them in some of the world’s most desolate communities will be screened in the Browning Cinema at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on April 2 at noon.

The screening of “Outcasts” will be followed by a conversation with Joseph Campo, cofounder and producer of Grassroots Films, and Fr. Leo Fisher, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal. The event, sponsored by the Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives at Notre Dame’s McGrath Institute for Church Life, is free but tickets are required.

“Outcasts” follows the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal as they work on the streets in New York, New Jersey, Nicaragua, Honduras, England and Ireland. The film captures a close-up view of Honduran prisons, England’s drug scene, the hungry, the dying and other individuals cast off from society. The hour-long documentary is for mature audiences only and is not suitable for children.

"The documentary calls us to meditate upon the Church’s vocation to serve the poor especially during the holy season of Lent when we focus more intensely on acts of charity,” said John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini Director of the McGrath Institute for Church Life. “In their mercy and compassion, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal imitate Jesus Christ’s love for the poor, the sick, the suffering, the rejected and the outcasts.”

Tickets can be obtained at Please pick up will-call tickets at least 15 minutes prior to the screening. Filmgoers are invited to a pre-screening reception in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center at 11:15 a.m. immediately following the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

For more information and to view the film’s trailer, visit

Contact: Brett Robinson, director of communications, McGrath Institute for Church Life, 574-631-6109,

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