"A heartfelt look at one of the great Christian artists of our age."
James Martin, SJ, author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage

"Our Blessed Lord has given Father McNichols such a gift,
in a way a very costly gift, but at the same time a sanctifying gift."
Sister Wendy Beckett
Art Historian / Sister Wendy's Grand Tour

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William Hart McNichols is a world renowned artist, heralded by Time magazine as “among the most famous creators of Christian iconic images in the world”.  As a young Catholic priest from 1983-1990 he was immersed in a life-altering journey working as a chaplain at St. Vincent's AIDS hospice in New York city.  It was during this time that he became an early pioneer for LGBT rights within the Catholic church.  He would speak out in the national news as well as work closely with the founding members of DIGNITY/USA.  In 1990 he was called out of the city and into the desert of New Mexico where he began a six year apprenticeship to master the ancient art of painting icons. For the past 25 years he has received non-stop commissions for his work and has never signed his name to a single icon.  All of his works hang anonymously in churches and colleges around the world, including the Vatican Museum.  Born into the most powerful political family in the history of Colorado, McNichols colorful life has crossed paths with both presidents and popes, peace activists and martyrs.  His imagery possesses a sensuality that is both beautiful and provocative and his subjects include individuals from all different faiths, Catholic, Muslim, Protestant, Jewish.  His message as a priest, artist and man speaks to the most powerful element of the human spirit: Mercy. 
  1. Hagia Hesychia - Jesus Christ Redeemer Holy Silence
    Sacred Icon by William Hart McNichols
    Hagia Hesychia - Jesus Christ Redeemer Holy Silence
  2. St. Bridget of Ireland
    Located in St. Bridget's Church, Mesa, Arizona
    St. Bridget of Ireland
  3. Christ Emmanuel Lamb of God
    Sacred Icon by William Hart McNichols
    Christ Emmanuel Lamb of God
  4. William Hart McNichols
    Roman Catholic Priest & Artist
    William Hart McNichols
  5. Holy Cross of the New Advent
    Our Lady of Loreto Church, Aurora, Colorado
    Holy Cross of the New Advent
  6. "Do this in memory of me..."
    Father McNichols says mass in New Mexico.
    "Do this in memory of me..."

was released on December 16th 2016
 The Feast of Our Lady of the New Advent
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The title "The Boy Who Found Gold" was inspired by the early martyrs of the
church who died in Rome between the 1st and 3rd centuries. Many of them
were 10 to 14 years old, Tarcisius, Pancratius, Agnes. They each had
something unique in their hearts, the courage to live and die for what
they believed - to me that is the Gold. It's the individual willing to step
out of the crowd of cowards, to stand with the least of their brothers.
The Gold embodies the essence of spiritual strength, the moment when to
the outside world you appear to have nothing, but inside your soul you
actually have everything. 

I made the conscious decision as a filmmaker that I would stick solely to
McNichols' voice and truth, my conviction being his prayers and stories had
enough gunpowder in them to carry the entire film. The courage of his heart
and artistic gifts that are shared represent to me a historic document of both
humanity and faith, one rooted in perseverance.  I knew in my soul this
was the film that needed to be made, something bare and singular, like an icon.  This also meant sticking to my own truth, which was that I had become an "Icon Pilgrim", traveling thru Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California visiting these sacred images. The greatest gift I could give the viewer would be to get out of the way and let them make this pilgrimage their own. 

We begin this story in the year 1990, McNichols is age 40, he is unable to pray and unable to feel anything. He is climbing out of the wreckage of a great aftermath that was New York city in the 1980s.  It's in his rebirth into the ancient art of iconography that we get to share in his spiritual transformation. We see mercy in action, we see an expression of God's Will that speaks to all people and as he captures the presence of every soul he paints, we realize something else: that this is the edge-point of faith. This is The Boy Who Found Gold

                                                                                        Enjoy the Film!

​                                                                                   Christopher Summa
                                                                                    Director / Producer



William Hart McNichols

Christopher Summa