banner2The following comes from a Jan. 14 release issued by Thomas Aquinas College.

In the final days of Christmas vacation, just before students began to return to campus, Thomas Aquinas College served as the filming location for a forthcoming video series, The Bible and the Virgin Mary. A production of Dr. Scott Hahn’s St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, this 12-part catechesis will include discussions of the Scriptural roots of the Church’s teachings about Our Lady, an examination of the 10 Vatican-approved Marian apparitions, and stunning videography — shot almost entirely in and around Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

“Aesthetically, the Chapel was the most perfect place for our discussions of the Virgin Mary,” says Linda Kane Hitchcock, art director for the project and chief creative officer of Skyrocket Pictures. “The cleanness of the environment allows the viewer to focus on what is being said, while still understanding that we’re in this beautiful, majestic space.”

Matthew Leonard speaks in front of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel.

The Bible and the Virgin Mary is one of six parts of the St. Paul Center’s acclaimed Journey through Scripture study series, and it is based on Dr. Hahn’s 2006 book, Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God. Collaborating on the project are Ms. Kane Hitchcock’s Skyrocket Pictures and Falling Upwards Productions, whose president, Lannette Turicchi, is the wife of R. Scott Turicchi, chairman of the Thomas Aquinas College Board of Governors. The St. Paul Center’s executive director, Matthew Leonard, is the presenter for the series, delivering nearly six hours of Biblical catechesis.

“The Journey Through Scripture series is designed to help ordinary Catholics who want to gain greater insight into God’s word and deepen other aspects of their faith,” says Mr. Leonard. “This part takes all of the references to Mary that we find in Sacred Scripture, of which there are only 15, and unpacks them. Although some of the Marian doctrines and dogma are not explicit in Sacred Scripture, she is still woven into the fabric of the text, and we can pull that out and find where the teachings of the Church come from….”