Brides of Christ (1991)

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Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its ... See full summary »

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 Sister Agnes (6 episodes, 1991)
Sandy Gore ...
 Mother Ambrose (6 episodes, 1991)
Josephine Byrnes ...
 Sister Catherine (6 episodes, 1991)
Lisa Hensley ...
 Sister Paul (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Sister Clare (6 episodes, 1991)
Joy Hruby ...
 Sister Polycarp (6 episodes, 1991)
Connie Hobbs ...
 Sister Pierre (6 episodes, 1991)
Ann Fay ...
 Sister Innocent (6 episodes, 1991)
Michelle Pettigrove ...
 Sister Francine (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Frances Heffernan (5 episodes, 1991)
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 Rosemary Fitzgerald (5 episodes, 1991)
Irene Rowland ...
 Sister Perpetua (5 episodes, 1991)
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 Brigid Maloney (5 episodes, 1991)
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 Caroline (5 episodes, 1991)
Vanessa Collier ...
 Jacinta (5 episodes, 1991)
Rhys McConnochie ...
 Monsignor (4 episodes, 1991)
Penny Stehli ...
 Sister Patrick (4 episodes, 1991)
Leo Taylor ...
 Bill Fitzgerald (3 episodes, 1991)
Harold Hopkins ...
 Ken Maloney (3 episodes, 1991)
Caroline Gillmer ...
 Sister Philomena (3 episodes, 1991)
Pippa Grandison ...
 Bernadette (3 episodes, 1991)
Pat Bishop ...
 Mary Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
John Frawley ...
 Bishop (2 episodes, 1991)
Brian Rooney ...
 Brendan Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
Gian Clancey ...
 Kerry Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
Dimity Clancey ...
 Moya Maloney (2 episodes, 1991)
Christine Degeuron ...
 Mrs. Upton (2 episodes, 1991)
Genevieve Mooy ...
 Judith Fitzgerald (2 episodes, 1991)
Mary-Ann Henshaw ...
 Novice Denise (2 episodes, 1991)
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Diane, a young woman growing up in Australia in the mid 1960s, walks away from her fiancé to join a convent after being sure she has a calling to the faith. The Catholic Church and its followers are struggling with huge changes. The Pope has died, there is war in Vietnam and mandatory conscription, there is the Vatican controversy on abortion and contraception, and the changing face of the Church as a whole. Told in six parts, Diane faces her own demons and has to finally decide if she can teach what the Church preaches, or if it's simply impossible for her to reconcile all the contradictions of the faith and uphold her vow of obedience. Written by Jane Phillips

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Diane: For various reasons I did not keep a journal while I was in the convent, so I have to piece this one together from memory. The result is probably more balanced and forgiving than I knew how to be at the time, so I have decided to dedicate it to Saint Anselm, all of the philosophers, and a few other beginning with "A." I doubt if Sister Patti would have had much time for me leaving the convent. She used to say, "You can peel the skin off of an onion but what difference did it make? Inside of ...
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6 July 2013 | by (Sarasota, Florida) – See all my reviews

This mini series was shown in the U.S. on the A&E Television network and it was landmark miniseries that correctly showed the turmoil effecting the catholic church after Vatican II. The story is a very Australian one in terms of how the changes going on in the church effected Catholics in Australia in the 1960s. This miniseries launched the careers of many young actors such as Naomi Watts and Russell Crowe. There is a huge amount of acting talent in Australia and they shine in this production. BOC was the performance of Brenda Flicker's career and is the one actress that stands out in the miniseries. The irony is almost half a century after Vatican II real reform seems to elude so much of the catholic church but it has reversed it's positions on so many issues since the 1960s.


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