About the Film

Once an integral part of Chicago’s Northwest-side, Saint John Cantius Church fell victim to the city’s numerous street and freeway expansions. Frequented more by pigeons than people for nearly 30 years, the church was destined for the wrecking ball when Father Frank Phillips, a priest with no parish experience, was appointed pastor. Soon after his arrival, Father Phillips was inspired with an idea that would change everything.

Masterfully photographed, with key scenes underscored by the sacred music of Saint John Cantius orchestra and choirs, the presentation of this incredible true story will leave you believing in miracles. 

After 14 broadcasts dates on EWTN’s seven English-language satellites spanning Africa and India; Canada; the United States; Europe; the Pacific Rim; UK and Ireland; totaling 75 individual English broadcasts in four years, viewers are still calling EWTN to praise “Saint John Cantius, Restoring the Sacred”, further proof that Catholics around the world are entertained by this production and inspired to see the Sacred elements of our faith restored.

In 2012, StoryTel’s Spanish-dubbed version of the Cantius story, “San Juan Cancio, La Restauración de lo Sagrado”, premiered on EWTN and has since been televised on four separate dates to EWTN’s global Spanish-language channels.

The Spanish and English “Saint John Cantius” productions together are currently reaching over 230 million homes throughout the world with 94 individual broadcasts from eight different EWTN satellites.


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