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David L. Guffery, C.S.C.


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.” 

As national director, Father David is responsible for all activities of Family Theater Productions, including both media production activities and spiritual outreach activities. “Hollywood Prays,” the outreach efforts to young Catholics and others in Hollywood includes monthly Prayer and Pasta gatherings, RCIA classes, Going Deeper (a new evangelization initiative), Faith & Film Bible Study, and Theology of the Body workshops as well as daily Rosary and Mass and the weekly Eucharistic Holy Hour. 

He is a member of Film Independent, Catholic Academy of Communication Arts Professionals and CIMA (Catholics in Media Associates). He serves on the Board of Directors of Ave Maria Press. 

Father David frequently presents lectures and retreats on film and spirituality, including the Garaventa Lecture at the University of Portland and the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Some of his insights are shared in the Family and Faith Blog of Family Theater Productions. 

Father David was ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1991. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with Masters of Divinity and a Bachelors in American Studies. He also received a Masters in Film and Television Production from Loyola Marymount University. As a student, he received the Dean’s Award for Creativity and Service at Loyola Marymount and was nominated and inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, The Jesuit Honor Society. 

Father David is the Priest in Residence at St. Monica Catholic Community in Santa Monica, California. In addition he assists with the pastoral outreach to Hollywood by offering spiritual direction, celebrating the sacraments and participating in programs and events. 

Before joining Family Theater Productions in 2008, Father David served the Congregation of Holy Cross including Program Director at Moreau Seminary at the University of Notre Dame, and directing Andre House, a soup kitchen in Phoenix, Ariz., which developed into a major center of service to the poor and homeless in the city.

(Bio from the Family Theater Products website.)