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Rev. David Guffey, C.S.C., Named National Director of Family Theater Productions


Rosary RallyRev. David Guffey, C.S.C., is appointed national director of Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, Calif. Founded by Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., the “Rosary Priest” and Catholic media pioneer, Family Theater Productions evangelizes culture by using media to entertain, inspire and educate families. Since 1947, it has produced more than 800 radio and TV programs featuring hundreds of celebrities with more than 10,000 broadcasts worldwide. Today the ministry continues their efforts in television and radio, but also reaches families with a significant presence on the internet.

“Father David’s education and experience in film and video as well as his significant leadership experience will grow our media ministry in new, fresh ways,” said Father John Phalen, C.S.C., current president of Holy Cross Family Ministries. “We are confident that his passion for ministry through media will expand our outreach to families everywhere.”

Father David Guffey, C.S.C., currently serves at head of production, overseeing film, television, radio and video, at Family Theater Productions in Hollywood – one of the cornerstone ministries of Holy Cross Family Ministries. Father David is responsible for moving a project from development through post-production including planning the production budget and assembling and supervising the crew during filming and post-production.

Father David Guffey has numerous credits for his award-winning work in television and film. They include “Carrying On,” “You Will See,” “Finding Mary” and “Assumptions” – all with Family Theater Productions. He was also writer and director for the short film “Last Deal at the Mt. Carroll Gun Club.”

Fr GuffeyIn addition, Father David also spearheaded the efforts to place Family Theater Productions programs on the internet and to create video for the Holy Cross Family Ministries’ websites. As part of his role, Father David gives many talks and retreats throughout the year as well as offers consultative support to organizations on social media and the internet.

Father David Guffey, C.S.C., will now, as national director, be responsible for all activities of Family Theater Productions, including both the media production activities of his current role and the pastoral outreach activities. “Hollywood Prays,” the outreach efforts to young Catholics and others in Hollywood includes monthly Prayer and Pasta gatherings, RCIA classes, Going Deeper (a new evangelization initiative), Faith & Film Bible Study, and Theology of the Body workshops as well as daily Rosary and Mass and the weekly Eucharistic Holy Hour.

“Families today all have several media devices and that’s exactly where we want to engage them,” said Father David Guffey, C.S.C. “Staying on top of changes to reach families in a meaningful way is critical. We continue Father Peyton’s tradition of television and radio, but we also must stay on top of changes on the internet.”

“The past few months alone we’ve more than doubled our outreach to families through YouTube, just to name one social media source. We’ll continue our media efforts and ensure we are where families are to fulfill our founder’s vision that ‘the family that prays together stays together,’” said Guffey.

Father David was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1991. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with Masters of Divinity and a Bachelors in American Studies. He also received a Masters in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University. As a student, he received the Dean’s Award for Creativity and Service at Loyola Marymount and was nominated and inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, The Jesuit Honor Society.

Family Theater Productions, founded in 1947, is one of the cornerstone ministries of Holy Cross Family Ministries. In the spirit of its founder, Servant of God Patrick Peyton, Holy Cross Family Ministries serves Jesus Christ and His church by promoting and supporting the spiritual well-being of the family. Faithful to Mary, the Mother of God, Family Rosary encourages family prayer, especially the Rosary. Holy Cross Family Ministries, through prayer events and media, reaches out to families to fulfill the founder’s vision that “the family that prays together stays together.”

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