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​Pivotal Players

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​Bishop Barron continues on his journey to take people around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith.  In CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - Volumes I and II he unlocks the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people.  These multi-part film series and study programs illumine a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.

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​St. Catherine of Siena:  The Mystic

The Study Program for CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is the best way to immerse yourself fully into these holy men and women. Whether you use it for personal formation or to host a complete formation program for your parish or group, you’ll go deeper into the lives of these extraordinary people with experts who have written each lesson commentary under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron.

Volume I

St. Francis of Assisi:  
Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Franciscan priest and preacher to the papal household 

St. Thomas Aquinas:
Dr. Matthew Levering, renowned Catholic theologian and Thomistic scholar 

St. Catherine of Siena:
Fr. Paul Murray, O.P., Dominican preacher and spiritual master

Bl. John Henry Newman:
Fr. Ian Ker, world's leading Newman scholar

G.K. Chesterton:  
Dale Ahlquist, founding president of the American Chesterton Society

Michelangelo:  
Dr. Anthony Esolen, professor of Renaissance English Literature at Providence College

​Volume II is being released in sets of two Pivotal Players each year.  The study guide is written for these two Players and the program can be hosted in five sessions.

Volume ​II

​St. Augustine and St. Benedict:  
​Chad C. Pecknold and Abbott Jeremy Driscoll

Fulton J. Sheen and Flannery O'Connor​
Dr. Mark Zia and Lorraine Murray​

​Bartolom​É de Las Casas and St. Ignatius
​Coming in 2020

The video-based study program can be experienced individually or in a group.  Each Study Guide lesson provides details about the Pivotal Player’s life and contributions to the culture. In addition, you'll find “Questions for Understanding" that support the teaching in the video and reference Scripture verses and sections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. You'll also find several “Questions for Application" in each lesson to help you connect the material to your own life and experience.

For group study, you'll find a foundational plan to present the Volume I program in 13 sessions, each 90 minutes long or the intensive plan to present the Volume I program in 7 sessions, each 2 ½ hours long. For each set of Volume II Players, you can present the study in 5 sessions, each 90 minutes long. The first session covers a general orientation, followed by two sessions on each Pivotal Player. Each session includes video viewing (25-30 minutes) and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions (60 minutes).

The Leader’s Kit provides everything you need to host the Pivotal Players Study Program. We recommend that each parish or group purchase one Leader’s Kit to get started and then a separate Leader’s Guide for each small group facilitator. In addition, each participant in the group needs their own Study Guide, which can be purchased in bulk with a volume discount before your program begins.

Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective Pivotal Players study group.

Volume I

  • ​Lesson 1
  • ​​Lesson 2
  • ​​Lesson 3
  • ​​Lesson 4
  • ​​Lesson 5
  • ​​Lesson 6

​Bl. John Henry Newman: The Convert (Part I & II)

​John Henry Newman has been characterized as perhaps the greatest Catholic theologian since Thomas Aquinas, and he was undoubtedly one of the most important theological influencers of the Second Vatican Council.  His work represents the first and most notable attempt to place Catholic thought in dialogue with the Enlightenment.  He was also one of the most elegant stylists in the English language.  When James Joyce was told that he was the best ever writer of English, the great Irish novelist replied, "nobody has ever written English prose that can be compared with that of a tiresome little Anglican parson who afterwards became a prince of the only true church" referring, of course, to Newman. 

Volume II

  • ​Lesson 1
  • ​​Lesson 2
  • ​​Lesson 3
  • ​​Lesson 4
  • ​​Lesson 5
  • ​​Lesson 6

​Flannery O’Connor: The Storyteller (Part 1 &  II)

​One of the quirkiest and most intriguing of all the Pivotal Players was a twentieth-century Catholic writer of fiction from the American South, a woman whose macabre, puzzling, and luminous stories have had a transformative impact on both the Church and the wider culture.  Flannery O’Connor had the courage to show just how dark are the hearts of fallen human beings in her fiction.  But at the same time, she had the incomparable grace to demonstrate how God continues to work even on that bleak and blasted ground.  

​Support materials

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Certificate of Completion

Volume I
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Augustine & Benedict
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CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Bulletin Insert / Flyer (editable)

Volume I
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Augustine & Benedict
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CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Large Poster (editable)

Volume I
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Augustine & Benedict
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Bulletin / Pulpit Announcement

Volume I
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Augustine & Benedict
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Registration Form (editable)

Volume I
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Augustine & Benedict

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CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Volume I Family Devotional
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Participant Survey

Volume I
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Augustine & Benedict
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Bishop Barron Bio
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"Managing Challenging Personalities" Powerpoint
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