March 17, 2015
Sebastian Gomes came to SJU to screen The Francis Effect, a documentary film he wrote, directed and produced through Salt + Light Media. Gomes, a producer and correspondent for Salt + Light, led a question and answer session for students and community members after showing the film.
Gomes has met Pope Francis several times and wanted to do a documentary to show how he is rapidly changing the Catholic Church. "He has inspired many with his message of mercy, tenderness and joy," says Gomes. "These are so badly needed around the world today, and he is able to communicate them effectively because of his authenticity. He walks the talk, unlike so many world leaders."
Gomes graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in 2007 and completed his master's degree at Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary in 2011.