“A bold example of social justice in action.”

Follow the cameras of Grassroots Films, the Award-Winning producers of “The Human Experience” and “Child 31,” on an unexpected journey across the globe. Travel to the prisons of Central America, walk the dark city streets of London, New York and Ireland’s most treacherous neighborhoods. Step beyond your comfort zone and into the lives of our modern day outcasts.

WARNING: This documentary is for mature audiences.



  • New York: Bronx, Harlem, New York City
  • New Jersey: Newark


  • Matagalpa


  • Comayagua


  • Bradford


  • Moyross, Limerick

The Franciscan Friars
of the Renewal


The Franciscan Order, begun eight centuries ago, can best be com­pared to an old tree: it has deep roots and diverse branches. Its history accounts for the various types of Franciscans, who have emerged over the years, each identified by a different cut and color. One of the tree’s larger branches came into existence in the early sixteenth century: The Capuchins.

The Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was begun in 1987 by eight Capuchin friars desiring to work more definitively for personal and communal reform within the Catholic Church. The life and apostolate of the friars are rooted in the ideals and spirit of the Capuchin reform born in the early 16th century.

That year, eight finally professed Franciscans began a renewal at a time in history and with a vision that were quite similar to those of our Capuchin confreres in sixteenth-century Italy. Saint John Paul II and the strength of his Christian witness and the ballast of his wisdom and devotion was a great source of instruction and inspiration.