Interrupted Lives

Interrupted Lives is a one hour broadcast documentary that explores the plight of Eastern-rite and Latin-rite Catholic Sisters under Soviet domination from the end of World War II to the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Filmed on location in Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and the United States, the lives of these sisters offer powerful testimony of their deep faith and courage. Undeterred by evil forces surrounding them, they continued to live their commitment to religious life.

These “Sister Survivors” tell about losing their convents, schools and hospitals almost overnight. Many endured imprisonment, exile to Siberia, forced farm and factory labor, and work in mental institutions. Large monasteries, and in one country a castle, became concentration convents where sisters from different congregations were housed.

Included in Interrupted Lives are interviews with “secret sisters,” those women who entered religious life during the communist period and lived out their vocations underground.

Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism is part of the Vision & Values series created by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member. Written and produced by Sister Judith Ann Zielinski, OSF and NewGroup Media, South Bend, Indiana with Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas Margaret Nacke and Mary Savoie, as executive producers.

Copyright for the documentary is held by Nazareth Convent & Academy, Concordia, Kansas.

Major funding provided by Catholic Communication Campaign office of the United States Catholic Conference and Collection for the Church in Central & Eastern Europe.

To order a DVD call 1-800-235-8722. In Washington metro area or from outside the U.S. call 1-202-722-8716.

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