Saints aren't just people who live exemplary moral lives. They ultimately serve as tour guides on the road to God.
In Praying with the Pivotal Players, written by best-selling author Amy Welborn, you'll journey with six holy men and women toward a deeper intimacy with the Lord. You'll find insights about Jesus, prayer, the Church, and virtue, from luminaries such as:
- St. Francis
- St. Thomas Aquinas
- St. Catherine of Siena
- St. John Henry Newman
- G.K. Chesterton
In each of the thirty short chapters, five devoted to each of the six figures above, you'll sample the Pivotal Player's writings, poems, and prayers, followed by stirring reflections to help apply their wisdom to your own life.
The entries are ideal for devotional reading and are supplemented by questions to launch you into further prayer. Reading one chapter a day will engage you for an entire month.
Paperback - 154 pages
If you've watched CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players film series and are hungry for more, Praying with the Pivotal Players is the perfect next step.
Publisher: Word on Fire
Page Count: 154
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
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