Behind the Scenes

Passionately Loving the World

Viewers have called Passionately Loving the World  "inspiring," "sincere," and "completely down to earth."


2006 US International Film and Video Festival

2006 The Telly Award

2006 The Aurora Award

2006 The Videographer Award

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Molly Bowman

Passionately Loving the World was produced by The Cresta Group for the St. Josemaria Institute. The Cresta Group is an award-winning production company that specializes in the development of message-driven videos and documentaries for non-profits and corporations worldwide.

Over 9 months, the Cresta team interviewed and filmed the cast on location in California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Illinois. The interviews were unscripted and candid. The result is a naturalness and openness of emotion that worked best for communicating the lived message of St. Josemaria Escriva.

The documentary premiered in July 2006 in New York and Chicago.

YbarraProduction Credits:

Joan Beugen

Naomi Yamada

Production Team
The Cresta Group
Rev. James Socias

The DVD is sponsored and distributed by Midwest Theological Forum.

Passionately Loving the World has aired on EWTN and numerous networks covered the footage of the film including CNN, Nightline News, Good Morning America, and ABC News. The documentary has reached all of United States and over 60 countries.

Passionately Loving the World is available now on DVD with subtitles in 21 languages:  Arabic, Catalan, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Swedish.