Christmas Lilies of the Field is a 1979 made-for-TV sequel to the classic film Lilies of the Field. In this sequel, directed by Ralph Nelson, Homer Smith returns to the Arizona desert where he had built the chapel for the nuns. This time Smith is played by Billy Dee Williams instead of Sidney Poitier. This time Mother Maria, played by Maria Schell, convinces Homer Smith into building a kindergarten as well as an orphanage. The TV special was released on VHS in 1989.