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Documentary on celebrated bishop to premiere at Creighton, Sept. 23

A Council Bluffs, Iowa, native and one-time Creighton University student who became a leading voice in postcolonial Africa is the subject of a new documentary produced by Creighton theology professor and renowned filmmaker John O’Keefe, PhD.

O’Keefe’s film, “Bishop Vince: A Monumental Life,” tells the story of the Very Rev. Vincent McCauley, born in Council Bluffs in 1906, who became the first bishop of the Diocese of Fort Portal in Uganda. Bishop McCauley served in Africa and in the interests of African causes for nearly half of his life.

The film will be shown for the first time on Sept. 23 at 5 p.m., during Creighton’s celebration of Africa Rising Week. The screening will take place in the Hixson-Lied Auditorium at the Harper Center, 602 N. 20th St., in Omaha.

“I had never heard of Bishop McCauley before embarking on this project, but I’ve become a real fan of his,” O’Keefe said. “He lived an amazing life and his memory is still revered in the Diocese of Fort Portal.” Prior to beginning his priestly and episcopal careers, Bishop McCauley graduated from Creighton Preparatory School and also attended Creighton University for a time.

In 2006, the Diocese of Fort Portal took up the cause of Bishop McCauley’s canonization and he has been named as Servant of God.

The premiere of “Bishop Vince: A Monumental Life” is free and open to the public.

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