Faustina

Playing Faustina Changed Me

After four years on tour and 313 performances as Saint Faustina, actress Maria Vargo has retired from the role. Here are her reflections on portraying this saint:

Faustina was more than a show for me; it was a living, breathing prayer! With each performance, I got to fall more deeply in love with Our Lord and offer him my desires and struggles, my joy and anger.

In my life and in this performance, I've learned that Divine Mercy is life-changing, life-giving, and soul-saving. I've seen it, I've heard about it, and I've lived it.

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You Are My Hope

You Are My Hope

Time is short, and our need is urgent.

Thanks to all of you who prayed for me during my recent knee replacement surgery. I want you to know that I prayed for you, too. Now I'm on the road to recovery, and I look forward to leaping on stage again in the fall. In the meantime, things are busy and exciting here! Because of your generosity and prayers, we have two new productions in the works this summer:

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Catholic theater, producer brings 'Messenger of Divine Mercy' to area stages

The Church's Jubilee of Mercy began Dec. 8. That has Catholics more interested in the concept of mercy, whether it's the image of Divine Mercy from God the Father — the idea that God loves everyone regardless of sin — a merciful father like Catholics encounter in the confessional or mercy as it relates to spiritual or corporal works.

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Theresa says, "Thank you!"

We just got this letter that I have to share with you. It's very personal, so Theresa's name has been changed to protect her privacy:

On a warm evening in March, some friends invited my husband and me to a performance of Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy at St. Mark's Church in The Villages, Florida. Little did I know that this performance would heal a painful chapter of my life.

In the darkened church, my eyes rested on the beautiful Sister Faustina (Maria Vargo). The performance was spectacular, and I was immediately intrigued by Faustina's strength and determination.

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Bringing the Mercy Message to California and Beyond

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The parishes in the Diocese of Santa Rosa and city of Napa, Calif., began 2015 with Divine Mercy activities: Leonardo DeFilippis' Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy was performed throughout the diocese Jan. 9-14. Then, from Jan. 17 to 21, all three of Napa's parishes — Sts. Apollinaris, John the Baptist and Thomas Aquinas — hosted Father Seraphim Michalenko of the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass.

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'Faustina' Comes to Town

In a dark hallway, a lone, lean figure stands, backlit only by a red exit sign. You see only her profile, an eerily familiar, hard-angled habit of a nun. She's in prayer. Father Joseph Roesch, MIC, approaches her and greets her.

"Hello Maria," he says.

The fact that her name is Maria and that her profile bears a striking resemblance to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska makes the whole scene as surreal as it comes.

"Hello!" she says

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Faustina Actress Praying for You

Faustina Actress Praying for You.
Maria Vargo

I knew that when I took on this role I would have a great responsibility, but the greatest responsibility has been humbling myself to this role. This experience has stretched me more as a person than probably any other in my life. It has tested me and shown me that I can do things beyond what I thought I could do - but it's only because of God's great grace and the prayers of others that I can do them.

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The Man Behind Divine Mercy

The Man Behind Divine Mercy
Our production designer, Jordan Miller, never has a dull day. Go with him behind-the-scenes:

Describe some of your duties at Saint Luke Productions.

During production, I'm the photographer getting shots of the actors and the videographer capturing footage. Next I head upstairs and edit pictures and footage to create the video elements of the show. I also produce publicity materials (video trailers, posters, flyers, tickets, web ads, and programs). And besides all this, I design email messages and interact on social media.

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A Year's Reflection By Maria Vargo

Playing the role of Faustina over this past year has not only been a great honor but a wonderful life changing experience. I knew that when I took on this role I would have a great responsibility but the greatest responsibility has been humbling myself to this role. This year has stretched me more as a person than probably any year in my life, it has tested me and shown me that I could do things beyond what I thought I could do but it’s only because of God’s great grace and the prayers of others that I can do them.

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