She Loves You

When we were first producing Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz in 1993, Saint Luke Productions was headquartered in the basement of our house. One late night, when the kids were in bed, Leonardo unrolled a gigantic (9' x 6') transparent image of Our Lady of Częstochowa in front of our standing living room light. I started to cry, because it was so beautiful—the soft light glowing through the face of Mary.


Actor performs on higher stage, thanks to ministry work

Actor performs on higher stage, thanks to ministry work
By Leon Lagerstam

MOLINE -- Performing Shakespeare taught him discipline and a love for the theater, but turning an acting career into a ministry put him on a much higher stage.

Leonardo Defilippis, president and founder of Saint Luke Productions, based in Washington state, will travel to the Quad-Cities to perform a free one-man show, "Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1307 17th Ave. An offering will be accepted to defray costs.


'Saint of Auschwitz' play is coming to 6 sites in Peoria diocese

'Saint of Auschwitz' play is coming to 6 sites in diocese

Six locations in the Diocese of Peoria this month will host “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz,” a 90-minute production performed live by Leonardo Defilippis.

Among the performances will be a vicariate-wide event planned Oct. 26 at St. Matthew Parish Center in Champaign. Other locations include Carthage, Galesburg, Canton, LaSalle and Moline.


Play about 'Saint of Auschwitz' coming to Houston

The Houston Chronicle | By Menachem Wecker | Thursday, October 25, 2012

A week after Antoni Dobrowolski, the oldest living survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp, died at the age of 108, a one-man performance about Maximilian Kolbe, the "saint of Auschwitz," is coming to Houston.

Kolbe, a Polish Franciscan priest who died after voluntarily switching places with a fellow prisoner condemned to death, was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1982 - 41 years after his death.


Q&A with 'Maximilian' actor Leonardo Defilippis (Director's Cut)

by BILL HOWARD 10/5/2012

[EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the full transcript and is slightly longer than the version that appeared in the Oct. 5 Herald.]

COLORADO SPRINGS. In advance of his upcoming performances in Colorado for his religious liberty-themed, one-man play on the Franciscan martyr St. Maximiiam Kolbe, “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz,” Catholic actor Leonardo DeFilippis took time out of his hectic tour schedule to answer questions from The Colorado Catholic Herald.


'We are Invincible' - A Personal Message from Leonardo Defilippis


"Our families were so close, especially my brother and Charlie,"

explained the German woman who took me aside after my performance of MAXIMILIAN: SAINT OF AUSCHWITZ to tell me her story, still fresh after 70 years.

A crowd gathered around her, listening attentively. "Charlie's family lived next door to ours, and the two boys walked to school together every day. One day our family watched in


"The Atheist" by Leonardo Defilippis

Recently, while I was on tour with Maximilian, a reporter interviewed me for the county newspaper. He was pleasant and upbeat, and introduced himself as an atheist, who had no real interest in religion. Immediately upon hearing this, I recalled the stories of Maximilian and the loving attention he would give to such a soul. I invoked his assistance and intercession, because he was well-known for his personal efforts to reach out to non-believers.


Meet John Defilippis- Our New Stage Manager

Meet "Johnny" Defilippis - SLP's New Stage Manager!

John Defilippis is currently enjoying the adventure of touring with Leonardo, his father. He is taking a semester off from his pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Art in order to serve God through ministry, and spend time in prayer and discernment.

How have you seen God at work through the MAXIMILIAN show?