This original EWTN docudrama presents the life and ministry of Father Willie Doyle, S.J., an Irish Jesuit priest who was killed in action during World War I.
Bravery Under Fire, directed by Co Down film-maker Campbell Miller, vividly depicts how Fr Doyle, who served in the 16th Irish Division, repeatedly risked his own life to save others – including enemy German soldiers – during some of the war’s bloodiest battles.
In particular, Fr Doyle routinely ignored the advice of his superiors and disregarded his own personal safety by repeatedly going into no man’s land to drag soldiers to safety as well as to administer the Last Rites.
The film was produced by EWTN, the world’s largest religious media network, and will premiere on Sunday August 12.
Mr Miller said he took on the project, which was filmed in Ireland, London and Belgium, because he believes that Fr Doyle is a forgotten hero.
“While other soldiers have got the Victoria Cross for showing one act of bravery, Fr Doyle performed miraculous acts of bravery each day he was on the front line,” he said.
“In this secular age there is a lot to be learned from his actions.”
Aidan Gallagher, the CEO of EWTN Ireland, said Bravery Under Fire would “bring the story of Fr Doyle and his selfless heroism to a wider audience”.
:: Bravery Under Fire airs on EWTN at 4pm on Sunday August 12. In Ireland, EWTN broadcasts on Sky 588, Virgin Media 815 (Republic only) and streams on www.ewtn.ie.