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Father David L. Guffey

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National Director

Phone: (323) ***-**** ext. ***  
Email: d***@***.org
Family Theater Productions
7201 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood , California 90046
United States

Company Description: Family Theater Productions, Hollywood, which created the Angelus Awards in 1996, conducts the festival to honor and showcase college-level student films of uncommon...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Masters of Fine Arts Degree , Film
    Loyola Marymount University's Graduate School of Film , Los Angeles
  • Notre Dame
  • Master of Divinity degree
    University of Notre Dame
  • undergraduate degree
    University of Notre Dame
  • film
    Loyola Marymount University , Los Angeles
  • 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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Web References
Holy Cross Family Ministries - International Contacts, 14 Dec 2015 [cached]
Father David Guffey, C.S.C National Director, Family Theater Productions
Fr. Guffey Named to Lead Family Theater Productions // News // Congregation of Holy Cross, 15 May 2014 [cached]
Fr Guffey on a film set for Family Theater Productions
Fr. David Guffey, C.S.C., has been appointed the National Director of Family Theater Productions, a ministry of Holy Cross Family Ministries.
Now, Fr. Guffey is entrusted with continuing that legacy and work. Fr. Guffey currently serves as Head of Production at Family Theater Productions, overseeing film, television, radio and video productions. In this role, Fr. Guffey has been responsible for moving a project from development through post-production. This work includes planning the production budget and assembling and supervising the crew during filming and post-production.
Fr. Guffey has numerous credits for his award-winning work in television and film. They include "Carrying On," "You Will See," "Finding Mary" and "Assumptions" - all with Family Theater Productions. He was also writer and director for the short film "Last Deal at the Mt. Carroll Gun Club."
Visit the Family Theater Productions website
Prayer and Pasta at Family Theater
As National Director of Family Theater Productions, Fr. Guffey will oversee all the organization's activities, including both media production and pastoral outreach.
In Year for Priests, Father David ..., 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
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.
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.
"That's what's great about Family Theater Productions; those two things come together in a unique way," Father Guffey said.
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.
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.
Board of Directors - Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, 17 Dec 2015 [cached]
Rev. David Guffey, CSC
People of FTP / Our Staff, 10 Aug 2015 [cached]
Father David Guffey, C.S.C. - National Director, Family Theater Productions
Father David Guffey, C.S.C. National Director Family Theater Productions
Father David Guffey, C.S.C., is the newly appointed national director at Family Theater Productions producing television, film, video and radio content. His credits for award-winning work in television and film include, "Carrying On," "You Will See," "Finding Mary," and "Assumptions" - all with Family Theater Productions. He also wrote and directed a short film, "Last Deal at the Mt. Carroll Gun Club."
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