Friday, January 12, 2024

Review of Trinity's Triumph Film - Written by a Father Stephen Fichter, This Emotionally-Charged Narrative Explores the Dynamics of Friendship, Faith and the Pursuit of a Higher Calling

By James Ryan Salazar

Trinity's Triumph is a movie written by a priest. That alone caught my attention. The priest, Father Stephen Fichter who leads a parish in NJ and has many other credentials - takes us on a captivating journey that follows three seminary students. They are played by Adriel Irizarry (Mike), Young Mazino (Tom) and Joshua Wills (Joe).  All are guided by the venerable Monsignor Gregory Heck, portrayed by Joe Morton. Beyond the academic challenges, the film intricately dissects the complex interplay between friendship and the profound hurdles of answering the priestly calling. 
Trinity's Triumph, directed by Michael J. Wickham, artfully explores the multifaceted layers of human relationships, examining loyalty, resilience, and the unyielding bonds that sustain friendships amidst the tumultuous winds of spiritual quests. This cinematic narrative unveils the trials encountered in pursuing spiritual devotion and the complexities of personal convictions, leaving an indelible mark on the canvas of introspection and  faith.

Delving into the intertwined lives of Mike, Tom, and Joe, whose unbreakable bond faces profound tests amidst their spiritual journey, the film navigates through poignant catalysts like Mike's departure from seminary, sparking inquiries about loyalty and unwavering devotion. Tom's contemplation on celibacy adds another layer, unraveling the daunting choices and sacrifices inherent in a priest's life

These moral quandaries, depicted with intricate detail, invite audiences to reflect on the balance between enduring friendships and the profound responsibilities entwined in a devout spiritual life. As the narrative unfolds, Trinity's Triumph emerges as a reflective canvas, provoking deeper introspection on the enduring strength of friendships and the unwavering commitment demanded by the sacred path of priesthood. 
Throughout the movie, Father Stephen's unique narrative coming from his experience as a priest explores transcends surface observations, delving into its intricate complexities with an unflinching gaze. The film bravely navigates through contentious terrains, fearlessly addressing the thorny issues surrounding celibacy and the distressing yet crucial reality of abuse within clergy. However, while these sensitive subjects are courageously brought into focus, the film refrains from tethering itself to these challenges alone.
 Instead, it unfolds a multifaceted portrayal, casting priests as figures entangled in controversy and proactive agents of compassion and support within their communities. It strikes a delicate balance, expertly navigating the exploration of these controversial themes while maintaining an overarching theme of positivity and virtue. It is a narrative that doesn't shy away from the harsh realities but underscores the resilient dedication and unwavering commitment of these priests toward uplifting and safeguarding the well-being of their parishioners. 

Trinity's Triumph showcases a standout cast whose performances breathe life into the film's narrative tapestry. Joe Morton's portrayal of Monsignor Gregory Heck is the movie's anchor. Morton's seasoned craftsmanship shines through as he embodies the wisdom and spiritual guidance of the Monsignor, infusing each scene with a profound sense of depth and authenticity. His portrayal is a beacon of mentorship and spiritual insight, adding an invaluable gravitas to the storyline. 

Adriel Irizarry, Young Mazino and Joshua Wills form the core trio, delivering performances that intricately capture the essence of friendship, camaraderie, and personal turmoil. Irizarry's portrayal resonates with emotional authenticity, portraying the struggles and uncertainties a young man faces navigating the intricate path of priesthood. HBO Beef's Young Mazino's depiction of Tom is filled with nuanced introspection, offering a glimpse into the complexities of questioning the concepts of faith and celibacy. Joshua Wills' portrayal of Joe brings forth a blend of resilience and vulnerability, painting a vivid picture of a character grappling with the weight of his aspirations. Together, this ensemble cast weaves an emotionally charged narrative, exploring the dynamics of friendship, faith, and the pursuit of a higher calling. 


Trinity's Triumph captivated me with its faith-based cinematic style, showcasing modest budgets and simple sets that lent an authentic feel. Joe Morton's portrayal of Monsignor Gregory Heck was a standout, infusing the narrative with wisdom and emotional depth. His commanding presence anchored the storyline, resonating profoundly. 

These stylistic choices made the film immersive, drawing me into the world of spirituality and intricate human relationships. The authenticity and relatability of the production allowed for a deeper exploration of these themes, making the viewing experience engaging and thought-provoking on a personal level. 
Overall, Trinity's Triumph is a compelling invitation for audiences to explore the intricate tapestry of priesthood and friendship, offering a unique and illuminating perspective. It provides a refreshing and enlightening take on the intertwining worlds of priesthood and friendship. While it may differ from darker narratives, its focus on goodness and virtue creates a distinct narrative niche. 

The film's departure from gritty conflicts might not suit everyone, yet it offers a valuable perspective on the priesthood's intricacies. This movie perfects moral integrity by addressing controversial themes with a positive resolution.  For those curious about the nuances of priesthood and the dynamics of friendships in religious contexts, this movie serves as an accessible and enlightening gateway into this compelling world. If you appreciate stories that sincerely navigate the complexities of faith and friendship, Trinity's Triumph will captivate you just as it did for me.

Trinity's Triumph was written by Father Stephen Fichter, Kathe Carson and Michael J. Wickham. Directed by Michael J. Wickman. It is distributed through Quiver and is available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple, Youtube, Roku, Tubi and more. Visit for all places to watch.