Faith and Film Series 2016-2017

Facilitators: Katherine Becker MS and Susan (Bonnie) Delay MS


Katherine Becker holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Education degree in Guidance from Bridgewater State University.


Susan (Bonnie) Delay was a senior research analyst at Boston College’s Institute for Scientific Research for 45 years.


For the seventh year we will explore aspects of faith, spirituality, courage, love, evil, forgiveness, and redemption through the lens of film. We have a number of exciting changes in our upcoming programs.


Movies begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will follow the movie. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. We invite you to come early with friends and bring a sandwich.


All films will be shown on Thursday evenings in the Morcone Center. Glastonbury Abbey holds the appropriate movie site licensing to show all films. Donations are gratefully accepted.



September 15, 2016 - The Way (2011) 1 Hour 55 minutes PG13

A grieving father makes a pilgrimage to the Pyrenees in honor of his late son, and experiences a major epiphany during his journey down the Way of Saint James. As he sets down the 800 km path with only his son's guidebook and backpack, he forges powerful bonds with three fellow travelers, who alter his perspective of the world and remind him what it means to lead a meaningful life.



October 13, 2016 - Chocolat (2000) 2 Hours 1 minute PG13


When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop with Sunday hours across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.




November 3, 2016 - The Thin Red Line (1998) 2 hours 50 minutes R


In World War II, the outcome of the battle of Guadalcanal will strongly influence the Japanese advance into the Pacific theater. A group of young soldiers are brought in as a relief for the battle-weary Marines. The exhausting fight for a strategically-positioned airfield that allows control over a 1000-mile radius puts the men of the Army Rifle Company C (for Charlie) through hell. The horrors of war form the soldiers into a tight-knit group; their emotions develop into bonds of love and even family. The reasons for this war get further away as the world for the men gets smaller and smaller until their fighting is for mere survival and the lives of the other men with them.



January 12, 2017 - Tender Mercies (1983) 1 Hour 32 minutes PG


A broken-down, alcoholic, middle-aged country singer, Mac Sledge, makes friends with a young widow and her son. The friendship enables him to reach out to a long-lost daughter, put his troubled life back together and find inspiration to resume his career.



February 9, 2017 - A Late Quartet (2012) 1 hour 45 minutes R


When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance: suppressed emotions, competing egos, and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert, quite possibly their last, only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, this movie pays homage to chamber music and the cultural world of New York.



March 9, 2017 - Still Alice (2014) 1 Hour 41 minutes PG13


Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.