Community Briefs: Documentary about Rev. Bill Atkinson to air on PBS


RADNOR — The world television premiere of “extraORDINARY / The Bill Atkinson Story,” the inspiring documentary film about the first quadriplegic priest to be ordained in the Catholic Church’s history, will be aired on PBS station WHYY/Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 5 p.m. in celebration of All Saints Day.

“extraORDINARY/The Bill Atkinson Story” chronicles one Philadelphia man’s inspiring life, from tragedy to potential sainthood.  Hospitalized and near death as a teenager, viewers will be able to follow his incredible journey through rehabilitation and recovery to becoming the first quadriplegic priest in the Catholic Church’s 2,000-year history.  Father Bill, as he was fondly known, went on to positively influence the lives of so many individuals. He conducted baptisms and weddings as a priest and taught at Monsignor Bonner High School in Drexel Hill from 1975 until 2004, educating and motivating students as a teacher.

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