Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth — A profile of Polish priest Jerzy Popieluszko, who was active in the nation’s Solidarity movement to bring about the downfall of the communist government nonviolently before he was murdered in 1984. A production of PBS station WTTW in Chicago. Winner of a Christopher Award in TV & Cable category, meaning the work affirms the highest values of the human spirit. More on the film. Airs midnight and 8 a.m. June 2 onArizona’s PBS World.
“Franciscan University Presents: A Catholic Guide to Depression” — Psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty joins host Michael Hernon and professors Regis Martin and Scott Hahn for a discussion about depression. Together, they explore how the lives of the saints and the grace of the sacraments can complement psychiatry in helping us to understand and overcome this widespread malady. Airs 7-8 p.m. June 1 on EWTN andonline.
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago” — Filmmaker Lydia B. Smith’s documentary follows a half-dozen travelers as they make their way along the most popular of the medieval pilgrimage routes leading to the Spanish shrine of Santiago de Compostela. While only one hiker is motivated by her Catholic faith, all find the 500-mile journey a physically demanding but spiritually renewing experience.
Splendid footage of the magnificent landscapes through which they pass, interspersed with scenes showcasing new friendships, altruistic acts of kindness and courageous determination in the face of potentially debilitating conditions make for uplifting and enjoyable viewing, according to Catholic News Service. The subject matter is not likely to interest children, and a few crude terms and adult references make it inappropriate for them. Debuts this week as a pre-order on DVD and Blu-ray. More info on hosting a theatrical showing or completing a pre-order. Theatrical trailer.
St. Cecilia Musical Showcase — A variety of music from the Vatican and U.S. Catholic artists in studio. Airs 10 a.m. June 1 on CatholicTV andonline. Note times listed online appear to be Eastern Time.
Savoring Our Faith — In the “Cooking with Kids” episode, Fr. Leo Patalinghug shows how parents can draw their kids into the kitchen to prepare some fun dishes together while sharing important quality time together. More on the series. Airs 10:30 p.m. May 31 on EWTN andonline.
A Phoenix priest interviews Fr. Leo on “Catholics Matter.”
Where God Weeps — “A Sign of Hope: Catholics in Malaysia Surpass 1 million.” Mark Reidmann welcomes Archbishop John Wong Soo Kau, of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, as he explains the joys and challenges of the Christian minority in a majority Muslim country. Airs 7:30 a.m. June 1 on EWTN andonline.
Join the conversation with Phoenix priest Fr. Kurt Perera, a native of Malaysia. (Note: episode was filmed a year prior to his ordination)
“In Concert: Stabat Mater” — The passion of Christ and the grief of Mary are evoked in this musical performance of 18th-century composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater” from All Saints’ Church in Aldwingle, England. Airs 10:30-11:30 a.m. June 1 on EWTN andonline.
Lent at Ephesus — A profile of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, an order of nuns who live on a Missouri farm and are known for their recordings of chants and hymns, and have released several albums that reached the top of the classical-music charts. Airs noon June 1 onArizona’s PBS.