The Passion of Saint Joan of Arc is a documentary that has been released on the centennial of the canonization of the Maid of Orleans (May 16, 1920). This brave young woman with a unique mission reminds us just how important it is that Jesus Christ be the King of our nation, of the entire world, and of our hearts. She carried out her mission in absolute fidelity and confidence in God’s will, revealed to her by her “voices”. Hers is not a life of mere heroism, but rather a model of holiness, of complete surrender to God’s will to the point of sacrificing her own life at only 19 years of age.
WHY MAKE A PRODUCTION LIKE THIS NOW?
HM Television chose to produce this documentary on the occasion of the centenary of Saint Joan of Arc’s canonization. Providence played a fundamental role in making it all possible: finding the necessary contacts for the interviews and organizing on-site filming of the places where Joan lived and carried out her mission. According to historians, she is one of the most documented historical figures from the Middle Ages. One might be tempted to ask, “If there is so much already about her, is there anything more left to say?” Firstly, nunquam satis (never is it enough), and secondly, although this documentary may not make innovative observations, its purpose is that of remembering Saint Joan, especially her mission which is of particular relevance for us today.
Javier Paredes, Professor of Contemporary History
“She is the most documented figure from the Middle Ages.”
Alain Olivier, President of the Our Lady of Bermont Association in France
“Her obedience was not lived as oppression, but rather obedience for love.”
“Joan’s juridical process was quite trying. […] She failed to understand why she was on trial before an ecclesiastical court.”
Jacques Tremolet de Villers, Lawyer and author of Jeanna D’Arc: le procès de Rouen
“Everyone wept along the way, even Bishop Cauchon wept. Everyone was in tears. She completely accepted her martyrdom. She entrusted herself to God and begged forgiveness from everyone, even the English, the judges, and all those who could have been harmed by her.”
Fr. Jacques Olivier, Author of Prophéties et prédictions de Jeanne D’Arc
“Joan received an exceptional mission, exceptional graces, exceptional apparitions. […] God’s will for her was to obey and Joan did so.”
Margarita Torres, Professor of Medieval History
“The people at that time were very simple folk… it was a difficult time and the people needed a sign from Heaven.”
“Joan was a 15th century nonconformist. And it was precisely because of this that she had such a great impact.”
Jorge Fernández, Former Minister of Internal Affairs, Spain
“The cause made significant headway with the process of beatification and canonization. And yet, I would say it fell short, because she is not only a saint, but also queen, virgin, and martyr. In the decree of canonization she is recognized as virgin, but neither as martyr nor as queen.”
Philippe de Villiers, Founder of “Puy du Fou” Theme Park
“Before each battle she would kiss the ring. It was a symbol. She was kissing the ring of Saint Catherine, the ring of her voices, the ring of her parents…to invoke aid. For her, the ring was of utmost importance.”
Sor Marie de la Sagesse, Author of Santa Juana de Arco. Reina, Virgen, Mártir
“From the moment of her yes, after she received this first message from Saint Michael, a shower of graces flooded her soul and the first virtue, we could say, was fidelity: saying yes to God’s will.”
Bishop Marc Aillet, Diocese of Bayonne, France
“Clovis’ baptism and consecration as King of France are the roots of this unique alliance of God with our nation.”
“Holiness—this is clear in a frail young woman or in the case of the early martyrs—is the strength of God that I receive and that makes me carry out actions that are divine and beyond my own capacities.”
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SAINT JOAN
HM Television set out on an eleven-day tour of France in September 2019 for the filming of the documentary. Visiting the sites associated with her life and mission, filming interviews and other images, all contributed to a deeper knowledge of and identification with St. Joan of Arc’s charism. Our team was blessed to be accompanied by a special guide: Sister Marie de la Sagesse, expert in St. Joan of Arc and author of the book, Santa Juana de Arco; Virgen, Reina, Mártir.
lightbox[thno]Lourdes.::Interview with Fr. Jacques Olivier, writer and author of Prophéties et prédictions de Jeanne d’Arc. lightbox[thno]Royal Fortress of Chinon::Guided tour and filming of the Royal Fortress. lightbox[thno]«Puy du Fou»::Encounter and interview with the founder of the theme park, Philippe de Villiers; filming of the ring, the only remaining relic of Joan of Arc. lightbox[thno]Orleans::Visit to the Maison Sainte Jeanne d’Arc; visit with Olivier Bouzy and filming of material contained within the Maison; visit to cathedral and other sites. lightbox[thno]Fleury Abbey (Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire)::Filming on site and surroundings. lightbox[thno]Domremy::Filming of the Basilica of St. Joan of Arc, her birth home and parish, as well as the Our Lady of Bermont Shrine; interview with Alain Olivier, President of the Our Lady of Bermont Association . lightbox[thno]Domremy::Filming of the Basilica of St. Joan of Arc, her birth home and parish, as well as the Our Lady of Bermont Shrine; interview with Alain Olivier, President of the Our Lady of Bermont Association . lightbox[thno]Vaucouleurs::Filming of the exterior of the castle of Sir Robert de Baudricourt; filming of the interior of the crypt which conserves an image before which Joan often prayed during her visits. lightbox[thno]Reims::Filming of the cathedral and the Basilica of Saint-Remi, which conserves the relics of Saint Remi. lightbox[thno]Paris::Visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre and interview with Jacques Tremolet de Villers, lawyer and author of Jeanne d’Arc: le procès de Rouen. lightbox[thno]Compiègne::– Visit and filming of several churches where St. Joan prayed during her visit there, especially the Church of Saint Jacques where she prayed the morning she was captured; filming of the bridge where she was captured. lightbox[thno]Pont Saint Pierre::Veneration and filming of the cross St. Joan saw shortly before her death. lightbox[thno]Rouen::Visit and filming of the sites of her imprisonment, trial, and death; filming of the cathedral. lightbox[thno]Poitiers::Visit and filming of the sites visited by the saint, including the exterior of the palace where the Poitiers trial was held. lightbox[thno]Bayonne::Interview with Bishop Marc Aillet (Diocese of Bayonne).
WHO WAS SAINT JOAN OF ARC?
“I was born for this. The Lord placed me on this path; He will show me the way.”