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SAINTS ALIVE! Wins 2012 Gabriel® Award for Best Religious Television Program in National Release

by on May.03, 2012, under Latest News, Press Releases


WINSTED, CT May 3, 2012 – Arcadia Films announced today its television series SAINTS ALIVE! has won a 2012 Gabriel® Award in the Religious Television National Release category of the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals’ competition. SAINTS ALIVE! is an 11-part, 28-minute television series that features 10 of the great saints of history who return from heaven to be interviewed and questioned on some of the most important issues of our time.

“Both Stephen and I are honored to receive the Gabriel® Award,” said Arcadia Films Executive Producer and CEO Richard Payne. “SAINTS ALIVE! is a living testimony to the fact that sainthood is NOT a negation of human life but rather its abundance by God’s grace.”

SAINTS ALIVE! was filmed at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, CT as a co-production with EWTN Global Catholic Network. Filming was made possible through the generosity of the Archbishop Henry Mansell, Rector Fr. John Bevins, the Knights of Columbus and hundreds of volunteers. The program aired in September 2011 on EWTN. The Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals will present the Gabriel® Award at the Catholic Media Convention in Indianapolis in June 2012.

Richard and Stephen Payne, co-directors of SAINTS ALIVE! are veterans of the Catholic television industry. Doug Keck, Peter Gagnon and John Elson of EWTN are executive producers, Richard Payne and Stephen Payne are producers, Jim Morlino is Associate Producer and Ahmet Sesigurgil is the director of photography for the series. The cast includes: Janice Bishop (St. Avila), Ross Degraw (St. Bellarmine), Stephen Diacrussi (St. Gregory), Michael Engberg (St. Aquinas), Mark Epperson (St. Augustine), Michelle Kafel (St. Siena), Ruth Kavanagh (St. Galgani), Jim Mornino (Fr. McGivney), Richard Payne (Host/Interviewer), Thierry Paulmier (St. Montfort), Taylor Valentine (St. Vianney), and Raymond Volpe (St. Irenaeus).

Arcadia Films is a world-renowned Catholic production company that creates cutting-edge digital content across multiple platforms, having produced more than 120 films over the past 20 years. SAINTS ALIVE! is Arcadia’s latest TV series for EWTN Global Catholic Network. For more information visit: or

Stephen Payne
Arcadia Films Ltd. Inc.
860.379.4566 or 860.601.8198



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SAINTS ALIVE! lead article in National Catholic Register

by on Sep.05, 2011, under Latest News

WATERBURY, Conn. — On a cold New England night last February, Venerable Father Michael McGivney was standing in the sanctuary of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, Conn., speaking about saints.

“God desires nothing less than that all of us be saints,” he said to hundreds of young and old filling the pews. Then he hinted how several experts can help the faithful achieve that goal: “Now saints of the Church have come to visit.”

Indeed, he had brought with him the likes of Teresa of Avila, Jean Marie Vianney, Irenaeus of Lyons, Catherine of Siena, Gregory the Great and others. For three nights, the saints took turns answering questions from individuals on how we should live a good Catholic life despite the world’s challenges to faith today.

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by on Sep.05, 2011, under Latest News

WATCH Richard & Stephen Payne on EWTN Live w/ Fr. Mitch Pacwa discussing “SAINTS ALIVE!”


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Sneak peek on big screen

by on Jul.02, 2011, under Latest News, Press Releases, Saints Alive! Events

Be Among the First to Encounter


See the NEW teaser video!
Synopsis of Sneak Peek

See it before it premieres on EWTN at

NEW VENUE – John F. Kennedy High School Auditorium
422 Highland Ave
Waterbury, CT

Friday August 19th 7pm

Admission is free. Seating is first come first serve.

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Crossroads’ “Behind the Scenes” Story on Saints Alive!

by on Feb.11, 2011, under Latest News, Saints Alive! Events

Crossroads’ “behind the scenes” story on Saints Alive! will air on Saturday (tomorrow), February 12, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. on WCCT-TV 20. Alternately, you can visit, and then click on Crossroads Magazine. Starting tonight, and until next Friday, it will be available by clicking on the blue Crossroads icon found in the middle of the Crossroads page.

After next week, the show will be moved to the archives, found under the date February 12, 2011. You will need Real Player to watch, which is free at

Also, a story about the March for Life is available in the archives under the date January 29, 2011.

Jason Calvi
Reporter/Writer-Crossroads Magazine ● Producer-That’s the Spirit
Office of Radio & Television of the Archdiocese of Hartford
15 Peach Orchard Rd, Prospect, CT 06712-1052
Tel. (203) 758-7367 ● Fax (203) 758-7371 ● E-mail:
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Saints Alive! Post Production Begins

by on Feb.09, 2011, under Latest News

We’d like to thank everyone again, especially Msgr. Bevins, the Knights of Columbus, the Office of the Mayor for the City of Waterbury, the Waterbury Police Department, Tamberelli Digital, and all the volunteers and their families who sacrificed their time working tirelessly over the weekend to make this special production a success.

Now that we’ve just completed the filming of the Saints in McGiveny Hall and the evening Q&A sessions in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, post production for the new EWTN television series Saints Alive! has officially begun.

We’ve also posted a behind the scenes photo gallery of the Saints Alive Production Team in action.

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