The Great Big Christmas Special
Popular Catholic personalities like Leah Darrow, Fr. David Michael Moses, the BeardedBlevins Stream Team, James Matthew Wilson, and Fr. Rob Galea gathered together for “The Great Big Christmas Special,” produced by MAX Studios at the University of St. Thomas-Houston. Set to go live on YouTube on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12 at 7pm CT, the half-hour special is brimming with traditions and on-location vignettes that offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how these influencers celebrate Advent and Christmas. This lighthearted video is sure to fill viewers with the warmth of family, faith, and joy for a more intentional celebration of the season.
Meet Some Members Of The Cast
Fr. David Michael Moses
Fr. David Michael Moses is a priest in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A quick and avid learner, Fr. David Michael graduated with his Bachelor’s degree at 18, an age when most students graduate from high school. After being accepted into several law schools, Fr. David Michael ultimately felt called to the priesthood and was ordained in 2019 at the young age of 25. He currently serves as the parochial vicar at Christ the Good Shepherd in Spring, TX. He enjoys writing music, and his “Concerts for Life” have collectively raised over $640,000 to assist women in crisis pregnancies. He is also active on social media, with a collective following of over 140,000, where he shares stories from priestly life.
Leah Darrow is the founder of Power Made Perfect, an acclaimed personal development program, where she uses her decades of mindset coaching and experience in creating lasting change to help others find the time and courage to lead lives of true freedom, contribution, and mission with God. A former model on reality TV, Leah experienced a life-changing conversion back to the Catholic faith in 2005. An entrepreneur at heart, Leah has a driving passion to lead and inspire others to embrace Christ’s mercy and has created a beautiful sisterhood of women striving to be a light in the world. A sought-after speaker, Leah has been featured on numerous top podcasts, as well as appearances on Fox News, Yahoo Finance, Daily Wire, The Blaze, EWTN, and The Christian Post.
James Matthew Wilson
James Matthew Wilson is the Cullen Foundation Chair of English Literature and the Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Saint Thomas Houston. The author of eleven books, including his most recent collection of poems, "The Strangeness of the Good" (Angelico, 2020), Wilson is the recipient of numerous awards for his writings on art and culture, including the Hiett Prize and the Parnassus Prize. Wilson serves also as the poet-in-residence of the Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, the editor of Colosseum Books, and the poetry editor of Modern Age magazine.
Suggested Interview Questions
- Can you share about your involvement with MAX Studios at UST Houston and how you came to be part of this particular project?
- What is your favorite Advent or Christmas tradition, and how is that reflected in “The Great Big Christmas Special?”
- Is this meant to be a show for the whole family, or who is the intended audience?
- What are some highlights that our audience can expect by tuning in?
- Where can people go to stream “The Great Big Christmas Special” from UST MAX Studios?