Inspired by real events

Original Screenplay by Jerome & Marylou Bongiorno and

Fr. Albert Holtz, O.S.B.

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June 10, 2016 — Originally published: May 22, 2015

BOB ABERNETHY, host: St. Benedict’s Prep is the subject of a documentary film by Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno called “The Rule,” which appears on many PBS stations and is available online through a link on our website. The Bongiornos are now working on a fictionalized feature film about the school. It’s working title: “Monks in the Hood.”


May 4, 2012 South Orange Patch

Monks in the Hood Filmmakers Garner NJ Grant

"Previously, the so-called “monks in the hood” were, says Marylou Bongiorno, “an untold story, despite their long history in the city. It is, says Bongiorno, “a story that needs to be told.”"


Monks in the Hood

Radical young monks of Newark Abbey: Frs. Ed, Al, Phil and Melvin, do “whatever it takes” to reinvent St. Benedict’s Prep with their Black male students in the post-riot ghetto of ’70s Newark, NJ.