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Leonardo Defilippis is an actor with a mission. For 28 years, he’s been bringing the saints and the scriptures to life with dramatic productions on the stage and screen. He is perhaps best known as the director of the feature film “Thérése,” which ran for more than a year in mainstream movie theaters.
On Sunday, he will perform at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at 5p.m. for a limited engagement of his one-man production of “The Gospel According to John.”
When Leonardo was a young Shakespearean actor performing at the Old Globe in San Diego, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival, he never dreamed that he would spend his career performing religious productions.
But then he went through a personal conversion experience that changed his life, and caused him in 1980 to write a letter to Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She wrote back, urging him to perform the Gospel. Her encouragement launched Defilippis in a new direction. He produced seven live productions and six films on the scriptures and the lives of the saints and traveled throughout the U.S. and the world.
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