Sunday, June 16, 2024

Review: The “Mother Theresa of Honduras,” First Central American to Gain Sainthood, Portrayed in “With This Light”


“With This Light” is an upcoming documentary which tells the story of the spitfire Honduran nun Sister Maria Rosa Leggol. Pope Francis has authorized for the canonization process to commence, so the Sister is on her way to be sainted. Sister Maria will be feted posthumously (she passed away from Covid in October 2022 at the age of 93) at the upcoming premiere this Wednesday at the noted Museum of Tolerance in LA.

For over 70 years, Sister Maria helped over 87,000 Honduran children escape poverty and fortified her legacy as an activist and visionary. Powerhouse Social Impact Producer Bonnie Abaunza arranged a screening of the film at the Vatican. The film is the brainchild of billionaire entrepreneur and social impact investor Jessica Sarowitz, the Executive Producer on the film. Jessica’s wealth came from the payroll company, Paylocity, she founded with her husband Steve. Jessica was born in Honduras and was raised in Chicago, and she most certainly knows about humble beginnings. Her father came to the US with just $45 in his pocket. Jessica knew about Sister Maria since childhood and enlisted Honduran based director Laura Bermudez and Chicago based producer/director Nicole Bernardi-Reis to co-direct the doc.

“With This Light” is a meaningful documentary which shows this spitfire of a nun plowing through military coups, dictatorships, civil wars, natural disasters. Nothing and nobody stopped her. Sister Maria Rosa Leggol powered through it all, with the well-being of the children first and foremost for her. It’s a worthy watch.

Miraflores Films will release the film in LA, Chicago and NYC on August 11th and will be on VOD on August 15th.

Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney
Leah Sydney writes from Los Angeles for A seasoned journalist with a long history during the halcyon days of the NY Daily News, Leah is a member of the Critics Choice and Rotten Tomatoes.

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