The Greek-Catholic Diocese of Oradea continues to rejoice at the high number of new priestly vocations. One of the most important factors contributing to this is the intensive family apostolate of the diocese, as it is families who play an active part in Church life and who truly live their faith that provide the most fertile soil for future priestly and religious vocations.
In 2017, the seminary in Oradea celebrated its 225th anniversary. In the 20th century, this long history was brutally interrupted by the communist persecution of the Church, and it was not until after the political changes that it was once again possible for young men to enter the seminary.
There were about 1.5 million Catholics in Romania before Communism in 1948. After 50 years of some of the worst religious persecution anywhere there are still today over 700,000 Catholics. Many of these belong to the Greek Catholic Church, a Church of the Byzantine rite that never separated from Rome.
The producers spent three weeks with the Greek Catholic Bishop and the resulting film is an in-depth portrait of a man of God seeking to rebuild his Church and serve his faithful in an extraordinary time in Romania's history.