Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith
  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith

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  • Over 200,000 copies sold!

In Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Bishop Barron seeks to capture the body, heart and mind of the Catholic faith.   Starting from the essential foundation of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, life, and teaching, Bishop Barron moves through the defining elements of Catholicism – from sacraments, worship, and prayer, to Mary, the Apostles, and Saints, to grace, salvation, heaven, and hell – using his distinct and dynamic grasp of art, literature, architecture, personal stories, Scripture, theology, philosophy, and history to present the Church to the world. 

Paired with his documentary film series of the same title, Catholicism is an intimate journey, capturing “The Catholic Thing” in all its depth and beauty. Eclectic, unique, and inspiring, Bishop Barron brings the faith to life for a new generation, in a style that is both faithful to timeless truths, while simultaneously speaking in the language of contemporary life.

About the book, Bishop Barron says, “What I propose to do in this book is to take you on a guided exploration of the Catholic world, but not in the manner of a docent, for I am not interested in showing you the artifacts of Catholicism as though they were dusty objets d’art in a museum of culture.  I want to function rather as a mystagogue, conducting you ever deeper into the mystery of the incarnation in the hopes that you might be transformed by its power.”

The praise for the book is phenomenal: 

“Clarity, intelligence, passion and elegance – these are the marks of a writer in top form, and Father Barron brings all these gifts to bear in this extraordinary reflection on the Catholic faith. If you read one book this year on what Catholics believe and why, this is the book to read – and to share with others.” 
–Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap, Archbishop of Philadelphia

“Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith takes a path less traveled in leading us to explore the faith through stories, biographies, and images. In these pages, we meet the “Word made Flesh” not only in theological formulations, but also in saints and poets, cathedrals and chants, priests and prophets. What makes Catholicism so compelling are the ways in which Father Barron shows how the Incarnation goes on in the true, the good, and the beautiful.” 
– Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York

“Prepare yourself for an entrancing tour of the many facets of Catholicism.  From Her art to Her architecture, Her theological riches, to the inspired personalities that have filled Her pews, the Catholic Church is laid bare by a priest who is more than up to the task. Like the Faith it seeks to capture, it is a journey that will leave you full – and then hungering for more.” 
–Raymond Arroyo, New York Times Bestselling Author of Mother Angelica and host of EWTN's The World Over Live

“When Father Barron is talking, I can't stop listening. Whatever he writes, I can't put down unfinished. He loves the people he addresses. He writes about what matters to us. To read him is to be loved in word after word. In these pages, heart speaks to heart.” 
–Mike Aquilina, co-author of The Mass: The Glory, the Mystery, the Tradition

“Father Robert Barron’s great gift is to wed intellectual depth with clarity and vividness of expression. His Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith is a superb exploration of the Catholic vision that seamlessly unites theological reflection and masterpieces of architecture and art. The story he tells comes truly alive in his portraits of concrete men and women who, in every age, have lived the journey of faith to the full."
--Rev. Robert Imbelli is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College

Publisher: Image
Page Count: 304
ISBN: 978-0307720528
Publication Date: September 6, 2011








Click the “Play" button below to watch the entire Episode 6 - The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church.


Journey Deep into the Faith

Bishop Robert Barron created this groundbreaking program as a thematic presentation of what Catholics believe and why, so all adults can come to a deeper understanding of the Catholic Faith. Not a video lecture, Church history or scripture study, this engaging and interesting formational program uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church.

The CATHOLICISM Study Program presents the strong, ecclesial dimension of the Catholic Faith – God’s revelation through Jesus Christ and His Church. It is comprehensive and faithful, appropriate for:

  • RCIA
  • Adult lay formation
  • Training adult catechists
  • Deaconate and other ministerial training
  • Mature high school or college/university course-work

The Study Program can be experienced in 12 or 22 sessions.


CATHOLICISM Study Program includes

- CATHOLICISM DVD/Blu-ray - The complete film series on DVD or Blu-ray. Filmed in 50 locations throughout 15 countries, the ten episodes 
reveal the Faith in a breath-taking and compelling way, with original, high-definition cinematography.

Leader’s Study Guide - Includes facilitator’s guide, lessons, and study guide answer key.

 - Student  StudyGuide - Written by Carl Olson for each DVD, complete with extensive commentary, questions for understanding and also questions for application to each participant’s own life.

- CATHOLICISM: Journey to the Heart of the Faith - A companion hardcover book based on a more detailed rendering of the scripts from the DVD series.

- Leader's Program Kit - Includes core and supplemental materials needed to host a program, especially for lay leaders.

- Support Materials - Promotional materials and other aids to enrich your program.

- Spanish and English subtitles included in each DVD set.




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Author: Robert Barron

ISBN: 978-0-307-72052-8
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 304
Publisher: Image

Language: English
Release Date: 2011-09-06