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“CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players” on PBS!

September 20, 2016


We’re excited to announced that PBS affiliates nationwide will be airing two episodes of Volume 1 of CATHOLICISM: Pivotal Players beginning November 13, 2016 (check local listings)

Here’s the full schedule:

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Volume I of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is comprised of six episodes, the following two episodes will be released on public television:


 Travel with Bishop Barron as he studies some of the greatest works of art in the world. From the magnificent David in Florence to the unparalleled paintings in the Sistine Chapel to the haunting Pietà in Rome, Michelangelo’s legacy reveals the creative potential of the human spirit and shows that beauty is a route of access to the transcendent. 

St. Francis of Assisi

Journey from the lovely streets and basilicas of Assisi and Gubbio to the gorgeous, remote monasteries of La Verna and Eremo delle Carceri with Bishop Barron as he explores the extraordinary life of St. Francis of Assisi. Bishop Barron explains how a life of true authenticity and goodness can shake the foundations of the world by examining the little friar from Umbria who became one of the most important and influential figures of the Middle Ages.

“CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
 provides a particular point of view, a way of seeing into the lives of some of the great influencers and shapers of civilization,” said Bishop Barron.  “Saint Francis and Michelangelo both display a tenacious faith that makes a constructive contribution to the human project, inviting all men and women to consider possibilities that transcend limitations and challenge the status quo.”

WTTW is honored to present the second installment of CATHOLICISM,” said Dan Soles, WTTW’s Chief Television Content Officer.  “We know these stories will resonate with WTTW’s local audience, and are confident that many public television viewers around the country will be inspired by these documentaries as well.”

Series Creator and Host of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players: Bishop Robert Barron 
Director and Editor: Matt Leonard, Picture Show Films 
Cinematographer: John Cummings 
Composer: Steve Mullen 
Producer: Nanette Noffsinger  
Associate Producer: Jack Thornton 
Executive Producer: Reverend Stephen E. Grunow

Funding for CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players was provided by private donors worldwide.  This is a production of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries in partnership with Picture Show Films.


About Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS. Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. Bishop Barron’s website,, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times. Bishop Barron’s pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.” He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.


About Word on Fire

Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Father Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies.


About WTTW Chicago

WTTW Chicago presents a wide array of ground-breaking content for the national public media system, with series and specials on education, politics, public affairs, business, arts and entertainment, health, and religion. WTTW Chicago’s landmark series include Soundstage®, featuring concerts by top pop and rock artists in an intimate concert setting; the popular cooking series, MEXICO — One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless, is in its eleventh season; and other original productions including performance showcases David Broza at Masada: The Sunrise ConcertLegends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis; cultural/travel series Grannies on Safari and Family Travel with Colleen Kelly; the first travel series on bicycling, Pedal America; business series CEO Exchange; the documentary Retirement Revolution; the weekly movie review series Ebert Presents At the Movies; the educational children’s properties Nature Cat, Mission to Planet 429UMIGO, and WordWorld. For more information, please visit

We will continue to keep you updated with information about broadcast schedules, and you can purchase your copy of the entire series by visiting