Retreat’s Focus: Food and Film

Br. Antonio Sison, C.PP.S., author, professor and film critic, will present a retreat on spirituality, food and film in August.

Br. Antonio Sison, C.PP.S., will facilitate a retreat workshop with a unique focus on food and film. Entitled “The Sacred Foodways of Film,” this small-group event will take place on August 11–13, 2017, at the Precious Blood Renewal Center in Liberty, Mo., beginning at 4 p.m. on August 11 and concluding with lunch on August 13.  Participation will be limited and will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

Registration forms are due on July 1, the Feast of the Most Precious Blood.

Br. Antonio expands on the theme as follows:

What if cinema can open a portal to our theological imagination so that we are able to renew our appreciation for the profound meaning of food and eating in our lives as Precious Blood members? The retreat workshop represents a creative quest for recipes of grace through the sensory integration of faith and film. Designed like a menu—Appetizer, Brunch, Supper, The Lord’s Table—this imaginative multi-modal approach invites us to explore and enjoy “The Sacred Foodways of Film.” Tasting activities and group sharing will prologue each session, followed by lecturettes, the screening of film excerpts or full-length feature films, and capped by post-screening reflections. We bring the retreat to a close with holy Mass, and a festive lunch together.

Smithsonian magazine describes the last two decades as “The Era of Crazed Oral Gratification.” The explosion of interest in food culture, or what is touted as the “foodie revolution,” is evident in cities across the United States as well as in many parts of the world. For us, this is our kairos to reflect with the Psalmist— “O taste and see that the Lord is good…”

Br. Antonio is associate professor of systematic theology at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings from 11 Food Films (Pickwick, 2016) and a regular contributing film critic for National Catholic Reporter.