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Legionary, Hollywood Producer Team Up for Holy Week
They will give commentary and personal testimony on the movie “The Passion of the Christ.”

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The presentation will be a "unique opportunity for reflection and preparation for a deeper encounter with Christ during Easter."

Thornwood, NY, March 28, 2011 – Father John Bartunek LC will join forces with Hollywood producer Steve McEveety, executive producer of the movie “The Passion of the Christ,” during the 2011 Holy Week. View the flyer here.

The two will give a presentation about the production of the film, including never-before-revealed secrets, commentary on some of the most memorable scenes and their own personal testimony on their experience. 

The special two-hour presentation, sponsored by the Legionaries of Christ, will be held on Saturday, April 16 beginning at 4:00 pm at Our Lady of Thornwood Conference Center, 528 Columbus Avenue, Thornwood, NY, 10594.  The presentation will open with the Legionaries of Christ Choir singing two sacred polyphonies from the Holy Week liturgy.  Fr. John and Mr. McEveety, who was also executive producer for such films as “Braveheart” and “We Were Soldiers,” will comment on clips from the movie and afterwards answer questions from members of the audience.  After the presentation, there will be refreshments, a book signing and the opportunity to meet Mr. McEveety and Fr. John, followed by a showing of the “The Passion of the Christ” in its entirety. 

Fr. John was religious consultant on the set of
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Steve McEveety and Fr John Bartunek, LC
the movie production.   He will sign his best-seller, Inside the Passion, the only authorized behind-the-scenes book about the film, which he wrote from research and notes while serving on the set.  He has written several other books and has served as a contributor of news commentary on religious issues for CNN, FOX and the BBC.

“We are offering this presentation and showing of the film to provide a unique opportunity for reflection and preparation for a deeper encounter with Christ during Easter,” said Father Thomas Vendetti, LC, director of communications for the Our Lady of Thornwood Conference Center. “There is interest at this time of year in ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ ever since this powerfully graphic depiction of the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ debuted on the Big Screen in 2004.”

Residents throughout the tri-state area are invited to attend. The event is free of charge. You must register in advance.  Contact Anne Holweck at (914) 495-9203 via email at



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