CIMA Awards: Board of Directors Award – Sr. Rose’s remarks

I am so very grateful for this award. I was at the movies when Jane Abbott, the president of CIMA called me, twice, and I let it go to message because, well, I was at the movies, and when one is at the movies, one should be there. I called her back from Barnes and Noble’s after. Jane told me about the Board of Directors Award and I was very moved to be considered – and momentarily rendered speechless.  You really managed to surprise me.

Before I thank several people who brought me to this day, I would like to tell you that when we have Mass in our chapel in Culver City, at the prayer of the faithful I almost always pray out loud for all those who work in the entertainment and information communications media industries, that they may promote the dignity of the human person in all the stories they tell.

By honoring human dignity all of us can contribute to making the world a better place because stories touch the heart. I believe that film and television can reveal God who makes us understand and accept our humanity and the community, the connectedness, of humankind through the grace of art that transcends the darkness. The light from the screen, any media screen, lets us see the faces of our brothers and sisters and connect to them and respond as authentic human beings and disciples. In one another, we find God.

I would like to thank my sister Emilie and brother-in-law Paul for being here, happy birthday to both of you! Who represent my very large family. I would like to thank my religious community of the Daughters of St. Paul of the last 43 years, keeping it real, who keep me real, my provincial Sr Margaret Sato is here from Boston.

I want to acknowledge two nuns who are present here who have been generous mentors to me over the last 20 years, Sr Elizabeth Thoman who introduced me to media literacy education and Sr Gretchen Hailer who wrote about it with me (and taught me how to begin each writing day with some new forms of computer Solitaire.)

Thank you, to Cardinal Mahony, who offers me and my community the opportunity to serve the people of God in this absolutely “splendid” archdiocese of Los Angeles through not only our book and media center but the Pauline Center for Media Studies – bringing media literacy education to catechesis and mission!

Thank you to Tom Shadyac, my friends, Marjiana of the International Press Academy, and terrific colleagues at CIMA who invited me to join them on this great adventure, the City of Angels Film Festival, Open Call, Catholic Communicators of Southern California, The Tidings…. And everyone in this large circle of friends, present and those present in spirit.

Catholics in Media Awards held March 29 at Beverly Hills Hotel

Robin Riker (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kevin Dobson One Life to Live), Greg Walker (exec producer Without a Trace), Sister Peggy McEntee, SC (technical advisor for DOUBT), Megan Blake (Animal Attractions TV), Marianne Muellerleile (Life with Bonnie, Passions), Mark Derwin (The Secret Life of the American Teenager; One Life to Live, 24)

Robin Riker (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kevin Dobson One Life to Live), Greg Walker (exec producer Without a Trace), Sister Peggy McEntee, SC (technical advisor for DOUBT), Megan Blake (Animal Attractions TV), Marianne Muellerleile (Life with Bonnie, Passions), Mark Derwin (The Secret Life of the American Teenager; One Life to Live, 24)

About 350 people atteneded CIMA’s 16th annual awards event at the Beverly Hills Hotel last Sunday.

Winners:

Without a Trace – Television (Greg Walker and Jan Nash accepting)

Doubt – Film (Sister Peggy McEntee, SC accepting)

Lifetime Achievement – Louis Gossett, Jr.

I will post the link to the article that will appear in The Tidings next week. Meanwhile, if you scroll down on this blog you can check out the interviews I did with the winners and Mark Derwin, our very funny Master of Ceremonies.

Here are some visual highlights of the day taken with my iPhone. My niece is supposed to send me better photos later today.

Tom Norris, Marianne Muellerleile, and actress Rusty Schwimmer enjoy Mark Derwin's comedic commentary

Tom Norris, Marianne Muellerleile, and actress Rusty Schwimmer enjoy Mark Derwin's comedic commentary

Mark Derwin and Sr Rose

Mark Derwin and Sr Rose

 

Greg Walker, executive producer for "Without a Trace"; Jan Nash at far left

Greg Walker, executive producer for "Without a Trace"; Jan Nash at far left

Sister Peggy McEntee tells the audience that when writer/director John Patrick Shanley was 6 years old and she was 21, they were in 1st grade together!

Sister Peggy McEntee tells the audience that when writer/director John Patrick Shanley was 6 years old and she was 21, they were in 1st grade together! Sr. Peggy was then known as Sr. Mary James and the Amy Adams character in the play and film was based on her. Shanley also dedicated the film "Doubt" to Sr. Peggy who at 72 years of age teaches five religion classes daily at Notre Dame High School in New York.

Lou Gossett, Jr. accepts the CIMA Award from Viveca A. Fox

Lou Gossett, Jr. accepts the CIMA Award from Viveca A. Fox

Mark Derwin, MC, Marilyn Gill, President of CIMA, Lous Gossett, Jr. and Viveca A. Fox

Mark Derwin, MC, Marilyn Gill, President of CIMA, Lous Gossett, Jr. and Viveca A. Fox

Sister Tracey, FSP with one of the fabulous flower arrangements and Mark Derwin

Sister Tracey, FSP with one of the fabulous flower arrangements and Mark Derwin

Lou Gossett, Jr., Fr. Tony Scannell, OFMCap, CIMA Chaplain and celebrant of the Mass, and Viveca A. Fox

Lou Gossett, Jr., Fr. Tony Scannell, OFMCap, CIMA Chaplain and celebrant of the Mass, and Viveca A. Fox

Brian Oppenheimer, CIMA, chats with Sr. Peggy McEntee, SC before the event begins

Brian Oppenheimer, CIMA, chats with Sr. Peggy McEntee, SC before the event begins

We gave Sr. Peggy's the one day nuns' tour of Hollywood that included a visit to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Here Sr Peggy stands in front of the tapestry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of her congregations, the Sisters of Charity of New York (founded 200 years ago this year)

We gave Sr. Peggy's the one day nuns' tour of Hollywood that included a visit to Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral. Here Sr Peggy stands in front of the tapestry of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, foundress of her congregation, the Sisters of Charity of New York (founded 200 years ago this year)

Sister Hosea, Sister Peggy and me at Gregory Peck's grave in the mausoleum under the Cathedral

Sister Hosea, Sister Peggy and me at Gregory Peck's grave in the mausoleum under the Cathedral

Of course our tour took us to lunch at the real SoCal experience: In & Out Burger!

Of course our tour took us to lunch at the real SoCal experience: In & Out Burger!

Sr. Tracey, Sr. Peggy, and Pat Boren, co-producer of the CIMA event at dinner at The Terrace in Venice Beach the evening before

Sr. Tracey, Sr. Peggy, and Pat Boren, co-producer of the CIMA event at dinner at The Terrace in Venice Beach the evening before

Mark Derwin, my niece Jamie Lynn Weatherfield, and Robin Riker at the CIMA event

Mark Derwin, my niece Jamie Lynn Weatherfield, and Robin Riker at the CIMA event

Another view of the winners and presenters

Another view of the winners and presenters

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