First off, is it any surprise that he is associated with Fr. Benedict Groeschel? Campos recalls hearing Groeschel and partner Fr. Glenn Sudano preach a parish mission. At the time, he was Catholic, but mainly in name and not complete. After a conversion at Medjugorje, he hooked up with the then still new CFR group and took over as director of St. Francis House.
Grassroots Films started shortly after 9/11/2001, when a new residence of the house was persuaded to use his gifts of movies to work for the Lord. Their mission:
The point is to preach to the unchurched, and to get our message out to the
world. That's what we did with "Fishers of Men." We made it for the
people who are not priests and not in seminary, to show that the priesthood is a
challenge. This is for real men.
Catholics, of course, are going to watch our films, and they should.
But the messages in our films are for everyone, to make them see and
The way we use music in the films also helps you have a spiritual
experience. Music does something that no other sound does. It
bypasses reason and logic and goes directly to the soul. It's perfectly natural
for a human being's soul to reach for their Creator, and music is a vehicle to
He also has a great use for the Fisher's of Men program:
When we showed the "Fishers of Men" to about 600 people in Yonkers, N.Y.,
at the Catholic Underground, a young lady told us, "I know I can't be a priest,
but this film strengthens me for whatever I do in life. It will help me
follow my vocation."
They're showing this in seminaries, high schools, and churches. My
suggestion is that they show it to second graders. Where I come from,
little boys want to save the world. They want to be police officers and
fireman. Why not give them the option of saving souls? That's the
priesthood. And you have to give it to them before adolescence. If
you do, then adolescence will be formed with this in the heart.
Campos is currently seeking funding for a new project that is explicitly Pro-Life: The Human Experience, without mentioning abortion. There is a clip posted at his site to see what an early version looks like.
With all the discussions in the blogosphere about what the laity's role should be in the Church in the post-Vatican II era, I can't help but think that Joe Campos is leading the way to the authentic spirit of the Council: engaging and challenging the culture to something more, and it is all based in a radical commitment to the Truth.