Jimmy McGovern, creator of the British television drama series “Broken,” spoke at a screening of the first episode of the series at Liverpool’s Saint Ignatius Xavier Church. The screening was part of the “parallel program” for “Adoremus” the Eucharistic Congress held in Liverpool over the weekend of September 7-9, 2018. St. Xavier is the filming location for the series and was once McGovern’s childhood parish school.
“Broken” focuses on the ministry of Michael Kerrigan, a fictional priest in a northern England city. Despite suffering from his own troubles stemming from a traumatic childhood, Fr. Kerrigan tries to guide several of his vulnerable parishioners through the trials and tribulations of everyday life. Commenting on the film McGovern stated: “Everyone thinks this was about a broken society, a broken system; it’s not. It’s about a broken body.”
Denis Blackledge, SJ, Pastor of St. Xavier and a consultant on the series also commented on “Broken” and the appropriateness of including it as part of the Eucharistic Congress: “The whole essence of Jimmy’s thought was this brokenness of Jesus himself, who was on the Cross. And also the taking, the blessing, the breaking, and the giving, which are the four key elements of the Eucharist.”
Please use this Link to review additional coverage of the screening, published in Crux Now.