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Legatus magazine is proud to partner with the producers of the SON OF GOD film . . .

Son-of-GodLegatus magazine is proud to partner with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, the husband-and-wife team that brought you THE BIBLE miniseries last year, to offer TEN pair of FREE tickets to the opening weekend of their blockbuster SON OF GOD!

Contest Rules

  • The first 10 Legatus members to email editor@legatus.org with the words SON OF GOD in the Subject line will each win a pair of tickets.
  • Email must contain the name of the member, the name of the member’s chapter and a best phone number
  • Winners must be active Legatus members.
  • Winners will be notified via email and must confirm by replying back within 24 hours
  • Winners will be emailed electronic tickets, which can be printed and redeemed at the box office for admission to SON OF GOD
  • Non-winners will not be notified.
  • Contest ends February 28, 2014
  • Questions? Write editor@legatus.org




Son of God

Son of God is flat out the best life-of-Jesus movie made in the last half century . . .

Son-of-GodSon of God
Starring Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey
In theaters Feb. 28 Rated PG-13
Run time: 138 min

If you were around in the late 1950s and early 1960s, you’ll remember the rush of Hollywood Bible films — from Ben Hur (1959) to The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), from The Ten Commandments (1956) to The Robe (1953).

Then there came a long drought of faith films from the world’s top filmmakers. Since the mediocre 1979 Jesus film, only Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ has caught the public’s attention. That’s about to change in 2014 with another promising blast of Bible films, including Noah (Russell Crowe) and Exodus (Christian Bale).

But only one project has ventured to tackle the life of Jesus, and it’s from Roma Downey (Touched By An Angel) and her husband Mark Burnett. The couple produced the extraordinarily successful The Bible miniseries on The History Channel last year — seen by well over 100 million people. They’ve taken the segment on the life of Christ and crafted it (with some scenes not used in the miniseries) into what is arguably the best movie about the life of Christ in the past half century. The film is already drawing praise from bishops and cardinals across the country — including Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Legatus’ ecclesiastical advisor Archbishop Jose Gómez.

Although the British-accented cast is mostly unknown to North American viewers, performances are consistent and convincing. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado stars as Jesus, Darwin Shaw is Peter, and Downey is Mother Mary.

It’s no surprise that one of the most powerful couples in Hollywood was able to pull this off. Downey is one of the most recognizable faces in the world, while Burnett is the producer behind Survivor, The Voice and The Apprentice. The duo is not stopping with Son of God. They’re prepping a sequel to their miniseries titled A.D.: Beyond the Bible for NBC. With some divine assistance and success at the box office, the New Evangelization might just take root in Hollywood and beyond.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the Editor-in-Chief of Legatus magazine.

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Summit on the Bayou

Religious liberty and the new evangelization took center stage at the Summit in Phoenix . . .

Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo

Despite its arid location, Legatus’ 2013 Summit had a distinct Louisiana flair — everything from Cajun food to a raucous Mardi Gras-themed evening presided over by the bead-tossing New Orleans native and master of ceremonies, Raymond Arroyo.

The three-day annual conference, hosted by Legatus’ Baton Rouge Chapter, drew more than 400 Legates and guests from across the country and beyond to the luxurious Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., from Feb. 7-9.

Religious Freedom

Speakers from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to Catholic historian George Weigel touched on the Summit’s dual themes of faith and freedom. In his Feb. 8 address, Baltimore Archbishop William Lori exhorted Legates to help the country return to its founding principles amid challenges to religious liberty. “In the spirit of the new evangelization, may I invite you to engage your network of family members, colleagues, and friends to understand more profoundly how religious freedom is threatened and to think of our political system with more than enlightened self-interest?” he asked.

Archbishop William Lori

Archbishop William Lori

The 1884 Council of Baltimore, he said, decided that there is a fundamental compatibility between the U.S. Constitution and “the Church’s understanding of the natural law.” However, Archbishop Lori noted, this view “has recently been called into question.”

The diminishing role of religion in America is leading to a different understanding of religious freedom than existed in the past, and this “is part of the challenge of the new evangelization to which Pope Benedict has called us in this Year of Faith and beyond.”

Bush, who spoke to Legates just one year after his more famous brother, talked about his conversion to the Catholic faith and how it has made all the difference in his life — both personal and political.

“But for my faith, I don’t know what the outcome [of my life] would have been,” he said. “My faith has brought me the greatest happiness of my life.”

Like many of the speakers and clergy who addressed Summit attendees, Bush said faith must inform every aspect of one’s life.

“If your faith means anything to you, it must inform your public policy,” he said. “We should encourage people in public life to stand on principle. At a time when we should be excited about the future, we have lost our optimism. I reject that completely.”

Call to Evangelize

Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted

Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted

In his homily at St. Thomas the Apostle parish, Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted told Legates that the Church — and Legatus’ mission statement — asks them to be formed in the faith and to go out to the world as missionaries and evangelists.

“Legatus means ‘ambassador,’ one sent on a mission, an apostle,” he said. “At the end of every Mass, we are sent forth on this mission.”

Along with Bishop Olmsted and Archbishop Lori, Summit-goers attended Masses celebrated by Bishop Sam Jacobs, Legatus’ international chaplain; Cleveland Auxiliary Bishop Roger Gries, chaplain of Legatus’ Cleveland Chapter; and Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life.

Other speakers included Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), Relevant Radio’s Fr. “Rocky” Hoffman, author Matthew Kelly, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, and Los Angeles Dodgers’ general manager Ned Colletti.

Legates were also treated to a presentation of Legate Jason Jones’ new film Crescendo; a sneak peak of the History Channel’s The Bible, a mini-series produced by Hollywood super-couple Mark Burnett and Roma Downey; a panel discussion on religious freedom; and Evangeline, a full-fledged stage musical.

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli

The Summit was an uplifting and faith-building experience, Legates agreed.

Salvatore and Josephine Caruso, members of the San Jose Chapter, attended their first Summit. The experience helped the couple to be “fortified in our faith and to better understand our responsibilities in our faith,” he explained. “As lay persons, what are our responsibilities? Faith is not something you just keep to yourself personally. It’s something you use in society for the greater good.”

Joe Melançon, who chaired the Summit with his wife Paula, said he was pleased with the way Legates responded to the event’s Year of Faith theme — The Door of Faith: A Summons to a Deeper Conversion.

“My greatest hope is that they, like Paul, will have a summons to a deeper conversion,” he said.

Tom Moran, a member of Legatus’ Orlando Chapter since 2006, said the Summit was a remarkable call to action. “It was encouraging direct action and involvement not by scare tactics, but by giving sound, intellectual basis for concern,” he said.

Keith Tigue of the Phoenix Chapter not only enjoyed having a Legatus Summit in his hometown, but was encouraged by the speakers and the entire Legatus community. More importantly, he said, Legatus helps him to be a better businessman.

“As business leaders, we really have to narrow down on what [God wants] and get out of the way and let God work through us and the dream He has given us in our business.”

In particular, Tigue said, Matthew Kelly’s talk on “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic” inspired him to do more. “It made me realize that I’m glad I’m doing this,” he said, “but I need to do better.”

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is the editor of Legatus magazine. This article contains reporting from Catholic News Agency and Ambria Hammel, staff’ writer for The Catholic Sun.


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