Documentary to be shown in January

By Doug Weller,
The Register of the Salina Diocese

SALINA — The film documenting the lives of Catholic nuns behind the Iron Curtain will be shown twice in January in Salina, with discussions afterward led by the executive producers.

“Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism,” is a one-hour documentary researched and produced by Sisters Margaret Nacke and Mary Savoie, Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

The two traveled to Eastern Europe after the fall of communism to assist religious communities, but when they heard the stories of their imprisonment, exile and torture, they began documenting the information.

After receiving funding from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the two produced the documentary with NewGroup Media of South Bend, Ind. It was released in September through the Vision & Values series created by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission for airing on ABC television affiliates.

The Salina Arts Center Cinema will show the documentary at 10 a.m. and again at noon Jan. 16. The cost is $6. There are no advance ticket sales, but the theater at 150 S. Santa Fe seats 90 at each showing.

After each viewing, Sisters Margaret and Mary will discuss the documentary, which was filmed on location in Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and the United States.

The two sisters, who are pastoral associates based in Belleville, have been traveling the country since the documentary’s release, conducting seminars and leading discussion groups about the film.

For more information about the project, go to For more information about the Salina screening, call cinema director Heather Smith at (785) 452-0526 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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