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By Marc Massery, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Sept. 17, 2019
On an evening during Lent 2004, not many months after he was ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, and a few other Marians went to the movies to see the new Mel Gibson movie, “The Passion of The Christ.”
“On the ride back from the theater, nobody said a word in the car,” Fr. Donald recalled. “To me, it was the most real depiction of our Lord that I have ever seen.”
Serving as the assistant rector at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy at the time, Fr. Donald presided over the 7:15 a.m. Mass the following day. “During the Consecration, I had tears in my eyes,” he said. “Afterward, a woman came up to me and asked if I saw the movie last night. She could tell that I was emotional on the altar. It was pretty obvious I had just seen the film.”
He was most impressed by Jesus, portrayed by actor Jim Caviezel. “I don’t think they could’ve gotten a better person than Jim Caviezel to play Jesus,” he said.
Since Fr. Donald had become such an admirer of Caviezel, it was not surprising that last year, when 206Tours asked him to serve as spiritual director for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the Hollywood star, he jumped at the chance. ….