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Flannery O'Connor Film Screening, Part of Lenten Series

Watch a documentary about the life of Catholic short story writer and novelist Flannery O’Connor with two of the filmmakers.

  • Wednesday, March 27
  • 7 pm
  • Miller Hall, room 114

As part of its annual Lenten lecture series, Loyola University will screen Flannery, a documentary about the life of short story writer and novelist Flannery O’Connor.  For other events in the 2019 Lenten series, see

O’Connor (1925-1964), born into one of the oldest Catholic families in Georgia, explored in her writing themes of freedom and free will, the lack of spirituality, and the possibility of redemption. Her engagement with the world, which was evident in her fiction, correspondence, and lectures despite the limitations she faced due to her health, is at the core of the documentary.  

The filmmakers use animation, archival footage, and current writers and artists to tell O’Connor’s life story. The full-length documentary is the product of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities created with the support of the Flannery O'Connor trust, Emory University's Manuscript, Archive & Rare Books library, and the Georgia College & State University.  

Two of the filmmakers—Mark Bosco, S.J. (vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University) and Elizabeth Coffman, Ph.D. (associate professor of communication at Loyola University of Chicago)—will be present at the screening.

The Institute for Ministry is co-sponsoring the event with the Office of Mission and Identity.

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