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Diary of a city priest
Martin, Eugene.
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Heartland Film Festival Video, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (78 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
An inside look at the emotional and spiritual struggles and joys of an extraordinary priest called to serve in one of Philadelphia's toughest neighborhoods. Faced with gangs, proverty, drugs and an often felt feeling of hopelessness, Father Mac, is a tireless crusader, handing out food to the poor, interceding with colleges on behalf of promising students, and occasionally bailing out neighborhood kids from night court.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 2001.

Based on the book by John P. McNamee.

Special features: theatrical trailer.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: PG-13.
Format :


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Material Type
Home Location
Eggertsville-Snyder Library DVD 5822 Adult DVD Open Shelf
Williamsville Library DVD 5822 Adult DVD Open Shelf

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A man of faith finds his responsibilities changing with the world around him as he struggles to keep up in this low-key drama. Father John McNamee (David Morse) is a Catholic priest who presides over the St. Malachy parish in north Philadelphia. Over the years, the neighborhood surrounding St. Malachy has undergone a gradual but dramatic transformation, as "white flight" has turned the community from a racially mixed working-class neighborhood into an economically depressed African-American ghetto. With these changes, Father McNamee has seen his responsibility change from overseeing his flock's spiritual needs to helping to feed and clothe the needy and homeless who live around him. Overworked and understaffed, Father McNamee is beginning to fray under the pressure of his responsibilities; he lacks the energy and the resources to do as much as he thinks should be done for the community, he has no time for himself, and he believes that his parishioners see him as a sad and lonely man with little to look forward to. In time, Father McNamee has to look deep inside himself to find the strength and faith to continue his mission. Diary of a City Priest was directed by Eugene Martin, who previously examined life in inner-city Philadelphia (his hometown) in his feature Edge City. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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