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Father David L. Guffey

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Director

TV
 
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Employment History

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Education

  • Masters of Fine Arts Degree , Film
    Loyola Marymount University's Graduate School of Film , Los Angeles
  • Notre Dame
  • film
    Loyola Marymount University , Los Angeles
  • Master of Divinity degree
    University of Notre Dame
  • undergraduate degree
    University of Notre Dame
  • B.A. , American Studies
    University of Notre Dame
  • Master of Divinity
    University of Notre Dame
  • MFA , Film and Television Production
    Loyola Marymount University
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Holy Cross Family Ministries - International Contacts
www.hcfm.org, 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
Rev. David Guffey, CSC Director of TV and Film dguffy@familytheater.org
People of FTP / Our Staff
www.familytheater.org, 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Father David Guffey, CSC - Director, Film Television and Video
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Father David Guffey, CSC - Director, Film, Television and Video
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Father Guffey Father David Guffey, CSC, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross, has been the Director of Film, Television and Video for Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, since 2008. He is responsible for moving a project from development through post production
He produces television, film and video programs, including planning the production budget and assembling and supervising the crew during filming and post-production. In addition he assists with the pastoral outreach to Hollywood, by offering spiritual direction, celebrating the sacraments and participating in programs and events.
In the years following ordination, he led Andre House, a soup kitchen in Phoenix, Ariz., and developed a major center of service to the poor and homeless in central Phoenix. He spent eight years serving in various roles in religious formation, including Assistant Superior at Moreau Seminary and Director of Novices for Holy Cross in North America.
He is a member of the Catholic Academy for Communications Arts Professionals and of Film Independent. He serves on the Board of Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Ind. He has given talks and retreats around the world on spirituality and prayer.
In Year for Priests, Father David ...
www.hcfm.org, 13 July 2010 [cached]
In Year for Priests, Father David Guffey, CSC, heeds Pope's words to use all tools to spread the Gospel
On a May day in 2010, he walks around the set in Hollywood managing the schedule and the film cast and crew he assembled for the production of a half-hour, TV teen drama. He wears Hollywood black, but with one unique addition - a white collar visible in his clerical shirt. He is Father David Guffey, CSC, a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and the Director of Film and Television for Family Theater Productions.
The approximately 20 cast and crew follow his professional management on the set respecting this producer who was making all the pieces work. The production is another program in Family Theater Productions' Manifest Mysteries dramas that connect the Mysteries of the Rosary directly to the dramatic experiences of fictional teen protagonists. Father Guffey & director of photography Jack Winch
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Father Guffey started off the production in an unusual way for this Hollywood crew … with a prayer … and they all joined in. He did something that is often unusual in Hollywood. He brought the scheduled 10-day production in a day early.
In this Year for Priests that concludes June 19, Father Guffey sees this work not as an extension of his priestly ministry but an integral part of it. "As the Holy Father has recently been saying, we need to use all the tools available to let people know the Gospel. For me using video and Internet is part of the work of serving people pastorally, listening to what is in people's hearts and offering stories and images to support the best of what it is to be human and Catholic in the world today."
In opening the year on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 19, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI said, "I think of all those priests who quietly present Christ's words and actions each day to the faithful and to the whole world, striving to be one with the Lord in their thoughts and their will, their sentiments and their style of life."
Father Guffey through his film work at Family Theater Productions is able to present Christ's words and actions to the masses, while he fully functions as a priest.
At Family Theater Productions, he often celebrates the daily Mass, and he celebrates Mass regularly and participates in the ministry of St. Monica's parish, Santa Monica, where he is in residence.
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Father Guffey's production roots can be traced to when he was a boy in northwestern Illinois, using his parents' 8 mm camera to make home-made films in his family's basement. Though he took a different vocation path, being ordained a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross on April 4, 1991, that penchant for film never left him.
And through "a long and winding road," on May 11, 2010, he found himself on a film production set in Hollywood managing the schedule and the film crew he assembled as the producer for a half-hour, faith-and-values, TV drama.
Exactly two years earlier, his parents watched him graduate with a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Film from Loyola Marymount University's Graduate School of Film, Los Angeles. Three days earlier, May 8, 2008, at the LMU film school awards' ceremony, he received the Dean's Award for academic excellence, creativity and service.
And on July 1, 2008, he became the director of Family Theater Productions' Film and Television Department.
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"That's what's great about Family Theater Productions; those two things come together in a unique way," Father Guffey said.
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Father Guffey spent six months as an intern at Family Theater Productions starting in January 2005. During that period, he took some film classes at various venues in the Los Angeles area before starting his graduate film studies at LMU that fall.
During his last year of film school, he found time to help with the production crew of the previous two Manifest Mysteries dramas, Assumptions and Finding Mary.
Prior to his Family Theater Productions' internship and film studies, he had a brief sabbatical following his tenure as novice director for all Congregation of Holy Cross provinces in North America from 1998 to 2004.
"When I finished my tenure as novice director, the Holy Cross community encouraged me to do further studies. I was looking at ways to be involved in Catholic media. I discerned the best way to do this and use my talents was to pursue a degree in film production. My religious superiors were very enthused about it," Father Guffey said.
"I'm grateful to the province for the opportunity to have studied at LMU, which was great for me. I worked on a lot of film shoots, and wrote, produced and directed dramas, much like Family Theater Productions' dramas - narratives with themes leading to deeper reflections," he related.
He produced, wrote and director his thesis film, a 20-minute drama, Last Deal at the Mt. Carroll Gun Club. It's the story of friendship among several old men and their efforts to save their card club house. It was a story idea that he got from his father who was a member of a card club for over 20 years.
Father Guffey grew up in Mt. Carroll, Ill., where his parents Gary and Eileen Guffey, and his sister, Lisa, who is now married and has six children, still live.
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Media was already a familiar field for David Guffey when he went to Notre Dame. He was an avid still photographer in high school and became a stringer (free-lance reporter) for several community papers in the Mt. Carroll area. He was interested in studying journalism in college before discerning his vocation to the priesthood. He was able to build on that foundation as a priest when he ran the Indiana Province-sponsored Andre House, a soup kitchen in Phoenix, Ariz., from 1990 to 1996.
"We needed to do publicity and there was no money, so I took classes - fundraising, how to work with the media, media relations - and I started to do more of that for Andre House and to talk to the media about homeless issues," he related.
In 1996, during a vacation he attended a New Evangelization of the Americas media conference in Miami. He crossed paths there with Father Raymond, who would become Family Theater Productions' leader in 2000. He knew Father Raymond, but he was surprised to see him there.
"At the conference, I saw how much interest there was (in the use of media in evangelization) and what was happening in media regarding the Church, and the great potential for even more use of media on behalf of the Church," Father Guffey said.
Holy Cross Family Ministries - Our Leadership
www.hcfm.org, 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
Father David Guffey
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Father David Guffey, CSC Director of Film, Television and Video
Holy Cross Family Ministries - Contact us
www.hcfm.org, 17 Mar 2014 [cached]
Rev. David Guffey, CSC Director of TV and Film dguffy@familytheater.org
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