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Still shot from the movie: Diary of a City Priest.

Diary of a City Priest

In spite of twenty-four years of experience, Father John P. McNamee (David Morse) still feels inadequate as a Catholic Priest serving in a troubled Philadelphia neighborhood. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A-
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 77
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Father Mac’s colleague is obsessed with the rationing process on the day they hand out Thanksgiving turkeys. What do we learn about the effect of attitude upon charitable service from this scene?

What do you think St. Therese meant when she reminded Father Mac; “There is enough for each of us to do working on our own hearts and in our own neighborhoods.”

Check out this movie’s very informative web site to learn more about this production, Father John P. McNamee and his book, as well as the many religious figures that are quoted or portrayed. http://www.itvs.org/diaryofacitypriest/story.html

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