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Movie Matinee – The Heart of Nuba

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Heart of Nuba

The Heart of Nuba is an incredibly moving documentary, directed by Kenneth Carlson and executive producer Maria Shriver that tells the story of Dr. Tom Catena, the only doctor at the only hospital for a million people in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan.

Catena, whose brother is a priest in the diocese of Albany, New York, played football for Brown University and graduated in 1986 with an engineering degree. After changing course and deciding to become a doctor, Catena got his medical degree at Duke University. He spent several years in the military and then worked among the poor in Nairobi. In 2008, he made his way to Sudan to help with the ongoing humanitarian crisis.

Since 2011, he has been on duty at the Mother of Mercy Hospital in Gidel because indicted war criminal President Omar al-Bashir ordered the bombing of his people.

The Heart of Nuba is remarkable in the way that it shows how a Catholic layman lives his faith in a world of conflict with almost no humanitarian aid and is able to support his team’s efforts to help the sick, wounded and dying. Catena sleeps on a mattress on the floor of a small room stacked with unpacked boxes. He starts each day with Mass, the breviary and rosary before he heads to the hospital. By the end of the day, he has seen 300-400 patients and performed numerous surgeries. He trains local people to help him but he is the one on call 24/7.

Catena’s respect for the dignity of the Nuba people is profound, his love deep and his commitment lasting.

Everyone will receive a boxed lunch to eat during the screening. A short discussion will follow the screening.

Watch a trailer of The Heart of Nuba

Register for this program by calling (860) 677-8519 or use the form below. You may also download and print Movie Matinee – April 22, 2020.


April 22
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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