New Jersey Film Festival

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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The Heart of Camden - The Story of Father Michael Doyle & STRANGER/SISTER
As a young priest, Father Michael J. Doyle came to the U.S. from rural Ireland in 1959, bringing with him a joyful disposition, a fervent Catholic faith and an unwavering determination to help his congregation and community. These traits were put to the test in Camden, where he found himself confronted with urban decay and despair. Industries were closing and people were leaving. Crime, drug use, the breakdown of families, the proliferation of hopelessness—this was Camden’s reality. Heart of Camden, explores Father Doyle’s attempts to reverse the city’s fall. Included in the inspiring documentary is commentary from family, friends and parishioners. Excerpts are presented from his fine poetry, brilliant essays, and powerful weekly letters he has written to his congregation since 1984. What shines through this film is Father (now Monsignor) Doyle’s devotion to God and his fellow man. And to the city of Camden, where he truly has given his heart.

Director: Douglas Clayton

Runtime: 44 minutes

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