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"A Sign of The Cross" uncovers Sisters' untold story

This aerial photo shows the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, founded in 1851 by Mother Theresa Hackelmeier of Vienna, Austria.

By George T. Newhart '60

Andy Murphy(Jeannine Andersen ’60) has been working diligently on her documentary about the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, who have been so important to Scecina over the years. The documentary, which will be narrated by Indianapolis TV anchor Debby Knox, tells the rich history of the Sisters of St. Francis Oldenburg, covering their 164 years of outstanding accomplishments. Murphy is director of the documentary, while her Ever Film Productions partner, Amy Pauszek, is the producer. The title for the film is “A Sign of the Cross."

Pauszek and Murphy have created a video explaining their documentary and their search for more help in making the film. You can view the video at In the video, Murphy says, “We are blessed to come across a story that has been hidden in the shadows of history for over 164 years,” everyone loves a good story, and we’ve got one for you.”

“Our film is a film that will make you laugh and cry,” says Pauszek. “Help us show the world who the real superheroes are, sisters, who help others through The Sign of The Cross.”

A story in the Winter 2015 issue of Scecina’s Father Scecina Magazine described the making of the film, which focuses on Sister Theresa Hackelmeier’s journey of courage, faith and belief in serving others, as well as the journey of the sisters who followed in her footsteps for generations.

Since that story was published, Murphy and Pauszek have made lots of progress. They have secured studio resources for Debby Knox’s redubbing and voiceovers, and studio final cut editing; had a movie poster designed; and also secured an agreement with IMAX theatre in Indianapolis to premier the film.

They have completed the website to promote and connect to public funding through established funding building sites.

Much has been discovered of the Sisters’ history and their many accepted requests to establish missions in the United States as well as worldwide. The telling of the story will show the amazing, little-known efforts that our Sisters have been engaged in during the course of time. We know you will be amazed at their recollections and history that most of us had no idea about. It has been a joy to work with our Sisters as we explore their lives, their challenges and their future.

In addition to a heavy workload for all of the professionals involved with making this important and worthwhile documentary, the need for financial support continues. Those who have given to the project have been gracious and generous indeed. It is our hope that we will continue to find the much needed underwriting support for this project, and although we are still a distance away from full production funding, we are thankful and hopeful that we will reach the end goal of raising the projected production dollars that are needed. Our Sisters gave their hearts to God and their lives to mankind. The memory of all their accomplishments deserves to be recognized and preserved in the history books for future generations of Catholic and non-Catholic families worldwide.

With God’s grace and your support, "A Sign of the Cross" will be completed by the end of 2015!

A full introduction of the core Ever Film Productions team professionals now includes the following:

  • Andy Murphy, Partner, Ever Film Productions, Director
  • Amy Pauszek, Partner, Ever Film Productions, Producer
  • Debby Knox, CBS4-TV News Anchor, Narrator, Producer, Emmy Award Winner
  • Alyssa Sander, Website/Poster Designer
  • Cathy Morris, Music Director, Cathy Morris Music
  • Dan Hall, Vizmo Films, Cinematographer
  • Chris Witt, Cinematographer, Trailer Producer, Emmy Award Winner
  • Joy Hernandez, WISH-TV, Film Editor, Emmy Nominated
  • Chris Kosinski, Reel Vision Multimedia, Cinematographer, Emmy Award Winner
  • Donald Boggs, Covenant Productions, Film Trailer Editor, Emmy Award Winner
  • Michelle Overton, Real Scene TV, Photographer, Emmy Nominated
  • Brett Robinson, Brettorious Photography, Video Photographer
  • Charles Hodges, Drone Photographer
  • Tom Britt, Towne Post, Media Adviser
  • Della Pacheco, Purdue University, Research Adviser
  • George Newhart, CPA, Controller
  • Zachary Murphy, Computer/Technical Adviser
  • Jonathan Faber, Legal, The Luminary Group, LLC.
  • Sister Margie Niemer, OSF, Liaison to Documentary for the Sisters
  • George T. Newhart is a CPA and a member of Scecina's Board of Directors,

    1 comment (Add your own)

    1. Kathy Jaworowski wrote:
    I had the pleasure of watching this in the home of Andy Murphy, film Producer and Director. I was mesmerized.n

    Thu, October 25, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

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