The Film That Became a Movement

“…a moving and remarkable story”
New York Times
“…gripping, inspiring documentary.”
Los Angeles Times
“……as inspiring as it gets.”
Hollywood Reporter
“…praiseworthy, almost Nobel Prize praiseworthy.”
Film Week, NPR

Saving Lives in Sudan

When President Omar Al-Bashir ordered the relentless bombing of the citizens of his own country in the Nuba mountains of Sudan, Dr. Tom Catena was on the ground, one doctor serving 700,000 patients. When a ceasefire was agreed to and the bombing stopped, Dr. Tom stayed, to serve the people who have put their faith and their hope in him.

Telling the Story

A college friend of Dr. Tom’s, filmmaker Kenneth A. Carlson navigated armed militia in Sudan to tell the story. Internationally acclaimed and award-winning, The Heart of Nuba, is now available through Hulu, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Sony, Xbox and in public libraries via Hoopla. It has raised more than $600,000 for medicine, vaccinations, supplies and crucial training of Sudanese staff to support Dr. Tom’s critical, life-saving work. 

Recent News:

Dr. James Peck on Volunteering at Mother of Mercy Hospital

One of the gifts that has made it possible for Dr. Tom to travel and inspire others is having new doctors and  surgeons do volunteer stints at Mother of Mercy Hospital, arranged through the long-term supporters of Mother of Mercy at the Catholic Medical...

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The Heart of Nuba Awarded at Cinema for Peace in Berlin

On Februrary 11 The Heart of Nuba was honored with the Most Valuable Documentary Award at Cinema for Peace in Berlin on February 11. Katrina Carlson performed the film’s song “Bloom” for the audience. As an extra blessing, Dr. Tom was able to join us and...

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A Special Message from Dr. Tom Catena

We received a very special Holiday message from Dr. Tom this year, thanking those who have supported The Heart of Nuba and the Mother of Mercy Hospital, and filling us in on plans for the coming year. Click on image to watch. [video_lightbox_vimeo5...

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Dr. Tom Catena Receives Doctor of the Year Award

Dr. Tom was just awarded the 2018 Catholic Doctor of the Year award, from the Mission Doctors Association in Los Angeles. "Since 1959, the Mission Doctors Association has trained, sent and supported Catholic doctors and their families who come from across...

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The Heart of Nuba on Voice of America

The Voice of America has included three excellent segments on The Heart of Nuba in their international coverage in late October and November. Voice of America provides trusted and objective news and information in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience...

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News from Sudan:

A Message from Dr. Tom on Events in Sudan

Sudan News "April 11th, 2019 will hopefully be a big day in Sudanese history as it was the day that dictator Omar al-Bashir and his henchmen were removed from power after a 30 year reign of terror. He has presided over 3 separate bloody civil...

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Sudan: HRW on What Needs to Happen Next

Press FROM OUR COALITION MEMBERS: "The end of Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule provides a momentous opportunity for Sudan to put respect for human rights and rule of law at the center of its transition, Human Rights Watch said today. Sudan’s authorities...

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August 2018: A Message from Dr. Tom

We were so delighted to receive this message from Dr. Tom in August, from "the bush" of the Nuba mountains. Your participation and support has meant so much to him, and to the families of the Nuba mountains. Please continue. If you haven't yet donated,...

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