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Catholicism: Study Program Leader's Kit

Author(s): Robert Barron

ISBN13: 9780983233442

ISBN10: 0983233446

Publisher: Word on Fire

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    The CATHOLICISM Study Program Leader’s Kit includes:


    1.  The ten compelling episodes from the series in a DVD box set. The box set includes five DVDs, each containing two episodes.  Each episode runs 50-60 minutes.  English and Spanish subtitles are included as viewing options.


    2.  The companion Leader’s Edition:  Study Guide and Workbook, which includes extensive commentary on the theological content of each  episode, plus “Questions for Understanding” (with suggested responses)  and “Questions for Application.” 


    The “Questions for Understanding”  incorporate references from Scripture and from the Catechism of the  Catholic Church to build on topics featured in the series.  The “Questions  for Application” help your group reflect on how Father Barron’s message is  relevant to their lives and experiences.


    The study guide commentary and  questions were written by Catholic author and Ignatius Press Blog Editor,  Carl Olson, under the guidance and approval of Fr. Robert Barron. The Leader’s Guide also provides valuable direction on how to host and  facilitate a group study in either 11 or 20 sessions. 


    3.  Catholicism:  A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, that is based on a more detailed rendering of the scripts from the DVD series?and also includes photos from the filming locations.


    4.  A set of 40 prayer cards for the New Evangelization


    5.  Special 15% discount on additional DVD box sets, so each member of your class can purchase their own CATHOLICISM DVD Box Set for their home library or as a gift.  (OPTIONAL PURCHASE.  Only the included DVD set is required to run the study program.)  


    6.  Promotional materials to announce the upcoming program in your location? (free downloads)


    7.  BONUS FREE GIFT:   Father Barron’s Faith Clips DVD, a valuable reference tool for any group leader.  Faith Clips contains 50 most frequently-asked questions on the Catholic Faith and a clear,concise, video response from Father Barron on each one. International (PAL) customers will receive the Faith Clips CD since the Faith Clips DVD is not in the PAL format.




    The box set includes five DVDs, each containing two episodes.  
    Each episode runs 50-60 minutes. Each DVD has viewing options that include Spanish dubbing, as well as English or Spanish subtitles.


    For the first time, in breathtaking and high-definition cinematography, the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Journey with Fr. Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claims more than one billion of the earth’s people.



    From the sacred lands of Israel to the beating heart of Uganda, from the glorious shrines of Europe to the streets of Mexico, Kolkata, and New York City, the mysteries of CATHOLICISM are revealed.  Learn what Catholics believe and why.  Discover the full meaning of the faith.


    Mike Leonard, a veteran NBC Today show correspondent and acclaimed filmmaker, is the Executive Producer of this groundbreaking production.

    Ten hours. Ten episodes. One Film Series.


    • Episode I:

      The strange and dangerous words of Jesus of Nazareth set up a drama that will culminate in a surprising battle between two kings, and in the wake of this conflict, an empire will be defeated – and the world will be changed.

      Father Robert Barron illuminates and explains the conviction of the Catholic Faith that Jesus of Nazareth is the promised Messiah, and the revelation of God become man. He shows how Jesus fulfills the four tasks of the Messiah, according to the Old and New Testaments, and how the living legacy of Christ, God and Messiah, is proclaimed by the Church. Join Father Barron as he addresses some of the most controversial questions about the life and identity of Jesus Christ and travels through the mysterious and sacred places of the Holy Land of Israel and the eternal city of Rome.


    Preview from Episode 1: Amazed and Afraid Jesus Compels A Choice


    • Episode II:

      The revelation of Jesus as God is accompanied by a stunning invitation to a unique new way of life, explained in the teachings of Jesus. To every generation, the words of Jesus have proven fascinating, disorienting, sometimes confounding, deeply transformative, and always unforgettable.

      Father Barron highlights the Beatitudes, the path of non-violence and lessons of forgiveness, care for the poor and our relationship with God as presented in the parables. Jesus’ teachings are illuminated during Fr. Barron’s pilgrimages to Poland, Germany, Spain and New York City. Commentaries at these sites also show how the Catholic Church is a living culture, which gives witness to the inviolable dignity of the human person.


    Preview from Episode 2: The Teachings of Jesus: The Path of Non-Violence


    • Episode III:

      Father Barron considers St. Anselm’s description of God as “that than which nothing greater can be thought,” and goes on to explain St. Thomas Aquinas’ arguments which support the claim that God truly exists. He also speaks from the Catholic tradition about the nature of God and the challenging question of evil and the existence of God.

      To provide a vision of the ineffable majesty and mystery of God, Father Barron invites us to the heights of the Sinai desert and makes his way to mysterious Istanbul, walks the glittering streets of Paris and then captivates the viewer with the glories of the Sistine Chapel in Rome.


    Preview from Episode 3 - The Mystery of God: Who Is God?


    • Episode IV:

      In this episode, Father Barron masterfully correlates the Catholic Faith’s testimony to the revelation of God in Christ with the vivid practices of reverence offered to his Mother. Mary is explained as “an on-going presence, an actor in the life of the Church.”

      Father Barron journeys to the humble remains of Mary’s house in Nazareth, to the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus and to the great Marian shrines of Lourdes and Guadalupe to explain the Church’s teachings about Mary as the Mother of God, the Immaculate Conception and the dogma of the Assumption.


    Preview Lourdes Torchlight Procession from Episode 4: Mary The Mother Of God


    • Episode V:

      Father Barron calls Peter and Paul “two indispensable men, the ones without whom the church never would have emerged and survived.” In telling each man’s story, Father Barron shows how the Holy Spirit worked through all the apostles and disciples to build the Church.

      Following the trail of these apostles as they took the Gospel to the ends of the earth, Father Barron presents the foundations of the apostolic faith, particularly the revelation of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.


    Preview from Episode 5 - Peter and Paul: Dynamite Of The Church


    • Episode VI:

      Clearly answering the question, “What is the Church?” Father Barron presents the reality of the Church as “one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” The Body of Christ can be seen on earth from the Church’s center in Rome to the cities of New York, Sao Paolo, Manila, Namugongo and Uganda, while still escaping total understanding as the mystical union between Christ and his Church.

      Father Barron also explores the Catholic conviction that the life and presence of Christ continues to embrace humanity in all its joys and sorrows through the presence of the Church.


    Preview from Episode 6 - The Church: Sinners Even At The Highest Level


    • Episode VII:

      Father Barron explores the ancient practices of the Church’s worship that endure to this very day, and the notion that “all value is summed up in the liturgy, the supreme act by which we commune with God.”

      Considered by the Catholic Faith to be “the source and summit” of its identity and mission, the Eucharist is the central practice of the Church’s culture. Father Barron describes all the parts of the Mass, and shows how the Sacred Liturgy embodies the whole of the Faith in diverse places as Jerusalem, Rome, Chicago, Orvieto, Mexico City.


    Preview from Episode 7: The Eucharist, Communion And The Real Presence


    • Episode VIII:

      The story of the Church is told in the examples of those men and women who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. The Catholic Faith is made visible in real human lives.

      Father Barron gives consideration to some of the Church’s greatest heroes, and demonstrates how their extraordinary examples display both the passion and creative potential of the Catholic Church. Highlighting Katharine Drexel, Therese of Lisieux, Edith Stein, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Father Barron tells the story of the Church as a vast company of witness who are called by Christ to be a Communion of Saints.


    Preview from Episode 8 - The Communion of Saints: The Little Flower, The Little Way


    • Episode IX:

      In this lesson, Father Barron explores Catholic spirituality, which is centered on prayer. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and the heart to God.”

      On pilgrimage to the places where the great saints and spiritual masters lived, Father Barron explores the different types of prayer: contemplation; adoration; petition; and intercession. In telling the stories of Catholics like Thomas Merton, St. Theresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, Fr. Barron demonstrates how the human person can be transformed through prayer that manifests a deep, spiritual commitment centered in Christ.


    Preview from Episode 9 - Prayer And The Life Of The Spirit: The Real Dark Night


    • Episode X:

      Explore the Church’s conviction that life here and now is preparation for an extraordinary world that is yet to come – a supernatural destiny. Father Barron presents the Catholic vision of death, judgment, heaven, hell and purgatory as he journeys to Florence, Ireland and Rome.

      The vision of the Church sees beyond this world and invites us to consider a world without end. Father Barron shows how this vision is supported by the mystery and truth of the Resurrection of Jesus.


    Preview from Episode 10: Purgatory - Why Would Anyone Go Through This?!

  • Robert Barron

    Father Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago and also is the founder of Word On Fire (


    Fr. Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking ten-part documentary series and study program about the Catholic Faith (Fall, 2011). He is a passionate student of art, architecture, music and history, which he calls upon throughout is global travels in the making of the documentary.


    Word On Fire programs are broadcast regularly on WGN America, Relevant Radio, CatholicTV, EWTN, the popular Word on Fire YouTube Channel, and the Word on Fire website, which offers daily blogs, articles, commentaries, and over ten years of weekly sermon podcasts. Father Barron is the first priest to have a national show on a secular television network since the 1950s.


    Father Barron received his Masters Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1982 and his doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique in 1992. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and has been a professor of systematic theology at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary since 1992. He was visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2002 and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2007. He was also twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican.


    In addition, Fr. Barron lectures extensively in the United States and abroad, including the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. Cardinal George calls Fr. Barron “one of the Church’s best messengers.”


    Since 1992, Fr. Barron has taught Systematic Theology at the nation's largest Catholic seminary, The University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois. He was a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2002. Fr. Barron received a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982. He received a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992. Fr. Barron was baptized at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago and grew up at St. John of the Cross parish in Western Springs, Illinois.

  - Fr. Barron's website launched in 1999, draws over 1 million visitors a year from every continent. Fr. Barron posts weekly video clips, commentaries and radio sermons and offers an audio archive of over 500 homilies. Podcasts of his sermons are widely used by tens of thousands of visitors each month.


    TV - EWTN (The Eternal Word Television Network) and CatholicTV broadcasts Fr. Barron's DVDs to a worldwide audience of over 150 million people.


    Radio - Since 1999, Fr. Barron's weekly Word on Fire program has been broadcast in Chicago (WGN) and throughout the country (Relevant Radio - 950 AM Chicago) to 28 million listeners in 17 states. Fr. Barron also is a regular commentator on the "Busted Halo Show" on the Sirius satellite radio network based in New York.


    DVDs - Fr. Barron's DVDs are used as powerful faith formation tools in universities, schools, churches and homes around the country. The series includes Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues; Faith Clips; Conversion: Following the Call of Christ; and Untold Blessing: Three Paths to Holiness.


    YouTube - With over 180 online video commentaries by Fr. Barron, over 1 million viewers worldwide have made him the most popular of any evangelist on YouTube. These frequent, high-quality productions include brief and lively theological reviews of contemporary culture, including movies such as No Country for Old Men, Apocalypto, and The Departed, a three-part critical review of Christopher Hitchen's book God is Not Great, The Discovery Channel's The Jesus Tomb, the HBO series "The Sopranos", "Rome" and more.


    Missions - MISSION CHICAGO features evangelization lectures by Fr. Barron at the behest of Cardinal George. These special missions and presentations throughout the Archdiocese are centered in downtown Chicago and attract business, civic, and cultural leaders.


    Books - His numerous books and essays serve as critical educational and inspirational tools for seminarians, priests, parishioners and young people worldwide. His published works are also central to the numerous retreats, workshop and talks that he leads around the country.

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    "The most vivid catechism ever created; a high def illustrated manuscript for the 21st century."
    - Brad Miner, The Catholic Thing blog


    "I thought that the material was presented in a good way and from a different angle from the one that I am used to seeing from modern scholars. I enjoyed the program and I do believe that the Church in America needs to renew its focus on catechesis."
    - Pilot Program participant


    "This program gets at the heart of the Catholic faith. I believe it is beneficial both to long-time Catholics who have never learned or who have forgotten why we do the things we do and why we believe the things we believe and for new Catholics or non-Catholics seeking to learn more about our faith. Its approach is intellectual, but accessible."
    - Pilot Program Participant


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