MESSENGER OF PEACE. Produced by Chiesa Nuova, A Franciscan Ministry for Performing Arts

Messenger of Peace is the dream of artists who believe the mission of Francis of Assisi is exactly what our contemporary world desperately needs.  The darkness of violence and hatred we see around us is exactly what Francis experienced in the 13th century.  Reconciliation, though, is possible as seen in this play; ten stories of lives that were radically changed by the Messenger of Peace come to life. Francis brought dignity to all people and leveled boundaries in unprecedented ways from beginning the Christian-Muslim dialogue to finding joy in poverty.  The unwanted found love and acceptance, the wealthy relinquished their status and a Church guided by patriarchal power was shown new hope through compassion and inclusion.  Francis drew people into the Mystery of God and into the Franciscan movement by his preaching and simplicity of life.

Actor Luca Tironzelli, of Perugia, Italy, is the story teller for this 90 minute work.  Music will be performed by SatorDuo: Paolo Castellani, violin, and Francesco Di Giandomenico, guitar, also of Perugia. The script and music by Friar Robert Hutmacher, ofm, are enhanced by projected images created for Messenger of Peace by Tim Leeming of Oak Park, IL.  Tickets are $25 at or cash only at the door.


Monday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.

St. Francis Solan Church

1721 College Avenue

Quincy, IL  62301

Wednesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.

Ascension Church

808 South East Avenue

Oak Park, IL  60304

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.

University of St. Mary of the Lake

Cardinal Mundelein Auditorium

1000 East Maple Avenue

Mundelein, IL  60060

Saturday, October 19, 8:00 p.m.

Catholic Theological Union

5416 South Cornell Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615