“Patron Saint: The Montefalcione Devotion to Saint Anthony” screening event held on March 15, 2013 at Saint Leonard Church Hall. Click any image to see full screen slideshow. Photos by Matt Conti.
A special film documentary screening was held on Friday night for “Patron Saint: The Montefalcione Devotion to Saint Anthony” produced by North Ender Christian Guarino of MonteBoston13 Productions.
The film tells the story of a community of immigrants and their continuing ties to their ancestral home. On the last Sunday of every August since 1688, citizens of Montefalcione, a small town near Naples, have honored their patron Saint Anthony of Padova. When Montefalcionesi immigrants to the United States settled in Boston’s North End, they continued the devotional tradition of their hometown.
On the final Sunday in August, despite the time difference, the communities in Boston and Montefalcione hold their grand finale, a procession of Saint Anthony, simultaneously.
Attending the North End screening was the Cultural Attache’ to the Italian Consulate Ubaldo Panitti. Also at the screening were some of the people in the film including Connie (D’Amore) Napolitano, Carmine Guarino, Joe Pagliuca, Christian Guarino, Salvatore Pugliese, Paul Martignetti and Antonio Guarino.
A second screening will also take place in the Fall 2013, sponsored by the Suffolk University History Department. Below are some screen shots from the film itself.