The newest Judy Dench major motion picture called Philomena is a true story with a direct connection to Rockford, Illinois. Philomena Lee was an unmarried pregnant teen in Ireland forced into a convent to have her child and then give him up for adoption. The couple who adopted the boy and a young girl was Dr. Michael Hess and his wife Marge of Rockford.
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This piece, also published February 28, 2014, is available on the site of The Observer, The Official Newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford.
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