Bishop Connolly to host screening of education documentary


FALL RIVER, Mass. — The Catholic Schools Alliance and the Pioneer Institute invite all to a special screening of the Pioneer Institute’s new documentary: “Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams: Ending America’s Bigoted Education Laws.” 

The film features Raymond Flynn, former Vatican ambassador and mayor of Boston, who will be at the event to answer questions and talk about his role in the film. Father Jay Mello, pastor of St. Michael’s and St. Joseph’s parishes in Fall River is also one of the key interviewees.

The screening will take place on Thursday, February 1 at 5:30 p.m. at Bishop Connolly High School.

The film traces the ordeals of four very different families who share the same struggle to send their children to schools that offer instruction rooted in religious faith, academic rigor, and a culture of respect.

— The Morins 

The Morins, a Catholic family of eight from Fall River, want a structure- and values-based education for their children.

— The Costons

The Costons are a missionary couple, make financial sacrifices to enroll their three young children at Calvary Baptist Academy in Midland, Mich.

— The Lamps

Robin Lamp is a Baptist single mom and her two teen-age daughters, Haley and Hannah, from Stockbridge, Ga., are plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the state’s bigoted Blaine amendments.

— The do Caarmos

Arlete do Carmo is a first-generation Brazilian-American mom who works multiple housecleaning jobs to send her Presbyterian daughter, Sarah, to Marian High, a Catholic school in Framingham.

These families come from states that have legal barriers to programs that would make it possible for low- and middle-income children to attend parochial schools.

Their moving stories will endear them to audiences from every faith background — and mobilize sympathizers and activists to challenge the special interests that are protecting the status quo, perpetuating the shameful legacy of anti-Catholic bigotry, and blocking greater parental choice for all families of faith.

Learn how you can support this ground-breaking film project today — together, we can ensure that these stories touch the hearts of millions of families all across America, and inspire them to take action to end this injustice in their communities and states.

This event is open to the public. Please invite your family and friends. You can learn more about the film by visiting

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