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Decision For Happiness: Screening and Panel Discussion
Decision For Happiness: Screening and Panel Discussion

Category: Upcoming CSA Events

Date: March 11, 2019

Time: 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM

Marian University Campus
45 S. National Avenue
Fond du Lac, WI 54935, US

Digitally remastered from 1300 feet of 16mm color reel film, "Decision for Happiness" is ready to be enjoyed and discussed by new audiences. The film explores the process of being part of CSA in the late 1950s and the audience is invited to stay to discuss the many ways in which that journey has changed and remained the same. The original "star" of the film, other Sisters, and Dr. Bren Murphy of Loyola University will be part of a panel discussion after the event to explore how the Sisters continue to be vibrant change-agents who seek to “stand with those whose faith life and human dignity are threatened.”

History of the film:

As part of the 1958 centennial celebration of the founding of CSA, the Congregation participated in the production of the film which depicts a young woman’s decision to enter the convent and her subsequent religious formation.  The project was begun at St. Mary’s Springs Academy, the high school operated by the sisters in Fond du Lac, but soon became a community-wide project involving a local family whose daughter played the main character, another local woman who narrated the film, and CSA sisters. 

A local photographer volunteered to do all the filming and the local radio station lent their best recording equipment to the production.  The movie was produced and edited by Larry Heath, a Hollywood producer whose wife was an alumna of St. Mary’s Springs.  He was able to secure the cooperation of an MGM music editor, RCA sound technicians, and the optical laboratories of Pathé Studios to make the film.

Agenda for the Evening:

7 PM - Brief Welcome and Introduction

7:10-7:45 PM - Screening of Decision for Happiness

7:45-8:00 PM - Screening of student film

8:00-8:45 PM - Panel of Sisters (open for audience questions)

8:45 PM - Refreshments in Stayer Center Lobby