Serving the Outcasts

We were recently blessed to host a viewing of “Outcasts,” the latest documentary from Grassroots Films, at Servite High School. These award-winning producers of “The Human Experience” and “Child 31″ detail now the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFRs) in their global ministry. The film moves from New York to the prisons of Central America, the dark city streets of London,  to Ireland’s despondent neighborhoods.

The film is powerful.  Expertly filmed, stepping into the lives of our modern day outcasts certainly stretches your comfort zone and pierces your heart.  The Franciscans are the vehicle for showcasing the poor around the world.  It’s beautiful and heart-wrenching.

The message is clear: the poor are always with us–what will we do about it?

“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”

-St. Francis

If you are interested in scheduling a pre-screening of Outcasts, click here. (“Outcasts” will eventually be released on Netflix, iTunes, and available to purchase, but for now the only way to view it is during a pre-screening event.) friar rooftop


  One thought on “Serving the Outcasts

  1. Julie Dugan
    March 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Hi Jackie – It’s Julie Dugan from OLA in Ventura! I hope you and your wonderful family are well. I wanted to ask you about this event – I’ve been wanting to set up a viewing since I saw the trailer at the end of last year. After the Q & A session was there closure? I was curious if your group made any sort of service connection or application after the viewing? Blessings to you and your family!

    • March 23, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Hey Julie! great to hear from you! I hope all is well with you, too! First, the documentary was absolutely amazing and really impacted so many (it was on the forefront of my mind for many days later). The Q&A was great and there were people who asked what they could specifically do, however I think that it really depends who the viewing is for. Ours was for anyone in Southern California who wanted to come. If you had it at a school, on the other hand, or even at a parish (for high school age and older), there could be small group discussions or discussions in a Theology class about how to apply this way of life to our lives. So, I think it takes creativity on the part of the promoter, but I know that so many people left that viewing with a different view of life, the poor, and their Catholic faith. I hope that helps! I miss you tons, sista, and hopefully God will bring our paths together again soon!

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