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- 6-Disc DVD or Blu-Ray set (379 min total)
- Leader Guide (includes facilitator's how-to guide, the complete Study Guide, and the suggested responses to questions)
- 120 prayer cards
- Paperback book Praying with the Pivotal Players by Amy Welborn
Recommended: 6 full episode sessions (2.5 hours each) or 12 half-episode sessions (90 minutes each) with one session for Orientation at the beginning.
This Leader's Kit includes everything you need to host a CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players study program. Please note that you will need to purchase the Study Guides separately. Bulk discounts of 15% are included for quantities of 20 or more.
The Leader Guide includes extensive commentary on the theological content of each episode of Bishop Barron's film series, plus a variety of questions and their suggested responses. The “Questions for Understanding” incorporate references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church to build upon topics featured in the series. The “Questions for Application” assist in reflecting on the ways in which Bishop Barron’s message is relevant to our lives and experiences.
The Leader’s Guide includes a Facilitator’s Guide, all six lessons that are in the participant’s Study Guide, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding. The Facilitator’s Guide explains in detail how to plan, promote, and present the study. All study coordinators or group facilitators can also register for free training webinars.
For group study, each session should include video viewing and group discussion of Study Guide questions. Participants are to read the commentary in the study guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be accomplished either before or after viewing the video.
You'll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented HD footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel.
DISC RUN TIMES:
1) St. Francis of Assisi - 61:00
2) St. Thomas Aquinas - 60:00
3) St. Catherine of Siena - 58:00
4) Bl. John Henry Newman - 62:00
5) G.K. Chesterton - 58:00
6) Michelangelo - 80:00
St. Francis of Assisi - The Reformer
St. Thomas Aquinas - The Theologian
St. Catherine of Siena - The Mystic
Bl. John Henry Newman - The Convert
G.K. Chesterton - The Evangelist
Michelangelo - The Artist
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 host a complete Study Program for your parish or group, you’ll go deeper with top experts from around the world, including:
- Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, Franciscan priest and preacher to the papal household (St. Francis of Assisi)
- Dr. Matthew Levering, renowned Catholic theologian and Thomistic scholar (St. Thomas Aquinas)
- Fr. Paul Murray, O.P., Dominican preacher and spiritual master (St. Catherine of Siena)
- Fr. Ian Ker, world's leading Newman scholar (Bl. John Henry Newman)
- Dale Ahlquist, founding president of the American Chesterton Society (G.K. Chesterton)
- Dr. Anthony Esolen, professor of Renaissance English Literature at Providence College(Michelangelo)
The Study Guide commentary was compiled under the direction and approval of Bishop Barron.
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 plan to present the program in 13 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.
Register for a free webinar to get more information about our programs or to participate in facilitator training: REGISTER FOR WEBINAR
DOWNLOADABLE SUPPORT MATERIALS
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Family Devotional
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Sample Lesson
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Certificate of Completion
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Bulletin Insert / Flyer (editable)
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players Large Poster (editable)
Bulletin / Pulpit Announcement | Boletín / Anuncio desde el púlpito
Registration Form (editable)
Bishop Robert Barron Biography
"Managing Personalities" Powerpoint Presentation