Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) will shortly begin screening a new series about the Traditional Catholicism, entitled 'Extraordinary Faith.'
The first of (so far) eight episodes will be broadcast from mid-April.
The 30-minute episodes will showcase the beauty of classic Catholic sacred art, architecture, liturgy, and music. Special emphasis is given to the the Extraordinary Form of Mass. The programmes will document the resurgence of the Traditional Mass in recent years, especially among the young, it will show that the same resurgence is a rich source of vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
The series is independently-produced and funded and will introduce the world of Sacred Tradition to Catholics and non-Catholics who have little or no experience of it.
It combines a rich visual travelogue format with human interest stories taken from burgeoning traditional Catholic communities around the world. Each episode of Extraordinary Faith will visit a different locale, to tour historic churches and interview clergy and laypeople behind the restoration of classic Catholicism. The program avoids heavy theology and seeks to show how Catholic tradition is relevant to modern life.
Over two years in the making, Extraordinary Faith was co-founded by two veteran promoters of traditional liturgy: Executive Producer, Writer, and Host Alex Begin, a long-time organizer of Latin Masses in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Michigan and the Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada; and London, England-based journalist Mary O’Regan, who served as Writer, Producer, and Co-Host on the first two episodes.
To ensure that the message reverberates with contemporary audiences, the founders committed to the highest possible production standards. A team of experienced Los Angeles-based television professionals has been assembled to oversee the technical aspects of the production. Key personnel include veteran film and television producer James Brooke, Emmy-nominated cinematographer Jim Whitney, editor Andy Charlton, who worked on Hawaii Five-O and Pushing Daisies, and Edd Kalehoff, composer of the theme music for The Price Is Right and ABC World News Tonight. Volunteers from the St. Benedict Tridentine Community at Assumption Church in Windsor, Ontario, Canada are assisting with numerous background details on the project.
A website supporting the series will launch next Monday at www.extraordinaryfaith.tv, this will include a preview video for each episode - additionally a Facebook page will offer a discussion forum for subjects pertinent to the program and for those who have questions about Catholic tradition in general, at www.facebook.com/ExtraordinaryFaith.
The first programme will be shown on EWTN's UK and Irish output on the 9th May at 0200, 1030 and 2100.