Tyburn Film Documentary - Gloria Deo
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Have you ever wondered what life in a cloistered Benedictine community is really like ? Let the Tyburn Nuns transport you to their nine monasteries.From the London Streets along which martyrs were once drawn, to Alantic harbours, Pacific fishing villages and Andean peaks, witness the nuns' holy life of prayer and work, centred on devotion of the Eucharist, in this remarkable and beautiful film.
Programme running time approximately 90 minutes
The cost of the DVD is £15.00 plus £1.49 for postage and packaging.
What people are saying about our DVD...
Those Nuns are incredible! I was greatly moved – even to tears. The film gives a burst of enthusiasm for God’s work.
Private letter from JOHN
A unique inside portrait of the world of the TYBURN NUNS. This film takes you into another realm …
Catholic Weekly Australia
The most beautiful and visually compelling film I have ever seen. I didn’t want it to end.
Kim Brisbane, Australia
It is difficult to think of a more counter-cultural production team than the duo behind the documentary TYBURN CONVENT GLORIA DEO – a former London Fashion photographer and the Superior General of the contemplative Order of the Tyburn Nuns … The result of this cooperation is a documentary full of luscious visuals but also of profound insights into the history, culture, theology and spirituality of the Tyburn Benedictine life, which is growing worldwide.
A.A. Catholic Journal
Gloria Deo captures comprehensively and tenderly the authentic elements of Benedictine life:
- the sacredness of ‘specific’ place,
- the purity silence,
- the peaceful sanity of Benedictine ora (prayer)
- and the joyful transformation by the community’s labora (work) of the Tyburn gardens, brimming with bees, water, vegetables, flowers and trees.
The particular spiritual genius of nature and place so distinctive of Benedictine monastic life is brought to life as Davies camera lingers over the distinctive and often glorious flora and landscape of honey eaters in grevillea bushes at Riverstone, Australia, the crashing grey waves of western Scotland, and rampant greenery of the Andes.
With remarkable genius, Davies captures the moving beauty and grace of the women of different ages and ethnic groups who bring to this Benedictine life the additional charism of the Tyburn communities – that of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The documentary conveys with unembarrassed clarity how the words of Tyburn Foundress Marie Adele Garnier (Mother Mary of St Peter) are made real in each monastery: “We are born as one family of the Heart of Jesus.”
Viewing this film, the priest Fr Peter J. enthusiastically commented that it reflected authentically the way in which the Tyburn Communities bring the idea of the Eucharist as the ‘Sun of Creation’ to the society around it and added that “while they are strictly enclosed they also provide a (spiritual) home to many friends and visitors. So, many people are drawn into the orbit of their monasteries, and their communities are gently but definitely growing around the world … the other thing which is so noticeable about the women of Tyburn is that, through their life of continuous Adoration, they leave an impression of their utter joy and radiance.”
There is nothing sickly or simply glossy about the Tyburn Vocation nor of its depiction in this DVD. Rather, we encounter in it that “their perpetual dedication to the Heart of Jesus as a way of bringing the brokenness of humanity to their memories and prayers so that their convents become a still point of love and forgiveness …
As the pictures and narration of Gloria Deo shows, the nuns far from hiding themselves from the sorrows, confusion or hunger of the world, the ardent Eucharistic devotion of the monasteries brings the practical and healing love of Christ into the world. The nuns are a real solace and loving presence to the social and economic poverty of Peru, and to those whose babies have been miscarried or lost to illness or abortion in Cork, Ireland.
The film shows how the Tyburn monasteries have brought powerful oases of prayer as well as life-changing initiatives to their adopted lands:
- ordered green to the rubbish-filled sand dunes of Ecuador;
- meditative Stations of the Cross and stunning natural beauty in New Zealand;
- an ethnological museum to the alienated Indian people of Peru;
- and stunning spiritual peace to the fraught materialism of central London, England.
The Tyburn Nuns credit Luke Davies with the original vision and driving desire to open such an intimate and moving window on the usually silent and hidden world of these Benedictine women. His persistence paid off, and the nuns are delighted with the captivating film: “Luke Davies has captured and conveyed for the wider public, without any fuss or artificiality, the essence and praxis of what it is to be a TYBURN NUN.”
(Largely from KAIROS Magazine, Australia)
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