Delores Van Cartier, a nightclub singer who witnesses a crime, is sent to hide in a convent until the court date. She becomes Sister Mary Clarence, and takes over the leadership of the choir. Her "freshened up" approach to the music starts the ball rolling towards a revitalized church, but it also draws exactly the kind of attention the witness protection plan is trying to avoid. There great laughs and great lessons in this movie for all ages.
Here are our questions for discussion and reflection:
- Let's talk about Music: Delores introduces changes that rapidly and dramatically improve the singing of the choir. Is it really that easy? Is it really possible for all of us to sing? St. Anne's Music Director Matthew Otto leads the conversation about music.
- Let's talk about what revitalizes a Church: Delores' approach to music is the first of a series of cumulative changes both in the convent and in the parish church it serves. What are these changes? One of the sisters says getting out of the walls has given her back her original reasons for joining the convent. What were your original reasons to be part of a church? The Rev. Gary van der Meer invites the discussion about how a church is revitalized.
- Let's talk about Conversion: Delores changes over the course of the movie. Try to notice when this happens. Is she a different person by the end of the movie? We see changes in the sisters too. What is conversion of the heart, and how does it work? This is a different way to speak of conversion. Can you think of examples closer to home? We welcome Sister Agnes of the Roman Catholic Carmelite Sisters to lead our conversation about conversion.
Screening in the Chapel next to the Skey Room. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Sunday, March 23, 12:15 p.m.