We stumbled onto the documentary film Trailblazers in Habits at the Sarasota Film Festival while vacationing from New York in April 2013. We were late for another screening, but got one free pass to see this film on the recommendation of a volunteer with the Festival.
The film focuses on the history and legacy of Maryknoll Sisters in China and other parts of the world. Through use of file footage and interviews with many of the nuns and others well-versed in the history of the Maryknolls, the film paints an inspiring portrait of women driven to make an impact, less through evangelism and more through helping those in greatest need. In the process, you see how a life in pursuit of a cause results in quiet transcendence and steady resolve. It’s less about Christianity than it is about a spiritual calling to help those in need. It’s also a strangely and inspirationally feminist in its portrayal of these heroic women who chose to live a religious life at an early age and who achieved great things through their dedication to their spiritual calling.
You can learn more about the film and the Maryknolls here: