For more than four decades, Saint Luke Productions has brought professional theatrical, DVD and feature film dramas on the life of Christ and His saints to audiences of more than one million people throughout the English-speaking world. This unique ministry and production company began in 1980, when Leonardo Defilippis was a Shakespearean actor with the dream of presenting the Gospel of Luke in a new dramatic form, as a one-man production that would tour Northwest U.S. churches for a season. So he wrote to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta asking her for guidance in his newfound apostolate. Through a personal, written correspondence to Leonardo, Mother Teresa helped to inspire him with her encouragement. Her mandate to “Do something beautiful for God" became the pivotal support for Saint Luke Productions to evangelize and renew the culture through theater and the media. His first show’s title, The Gift of Peace: The First Six Chapters of Saint Luke’s Gospel, was based on Mother Teresa's Nobel Peace Prize speech in which she stated, "Let us thank God for this gift of peace that reminds us that we have been created to live that peace, and that Jesus became man to bring that good news to the poor."