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Catholicism: The Pivotal Players

Our Lady of Refuge Adult Faith Formation

Summer Video Series Presents:


Bishop Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Catholicism:  The Pivotal Players


Thursdays starting June 22, 2017

running every Thursday through to August 24, 2017

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

in the Religious Education Center conference room

(our location may change depending on the size of the group)


Over the course of Catholic history,

there have lived people who are so influential, so pioneering,

that it’s hard to imagine what the Church would look like without them.


Through their words and actions,

they have not only shaped Catholicism

but have challenged the status quo and advanced civilization.


They are the pivotal players.

- Bishop Rober Barron


Volume 1 of this new Catholicism series examines the life and times of 6 of these pivotal players


To fill out the rest of our Summer schedule

we have chosen to study the lives of two additional important players of the modern age:

Pope Pius XII, and Pope John Paul II



Week 1 - June 22 - Pivotal Player:  St Francis of Assisi:  The Reformer

Week 2 - June 29 - Pivotal Player: St Thomas Aquinas:  The Theologian

Week 3 - July 6 - Feature Film:  Pius XII: Under the Roman Sky, Part 1

Week 4 - July 13 - Feature Film:  Pius XII: Under the Roman Sky, Part 2

Week 5 - July 20 - Pivotal Player: St Catherine of Seina:  The Mystic

Week 6 - July 27 - Pivotal Player: Bl John Henry Newman:  The Convert

Week 7 - August 3 - Feature Film:  Pope John Paul II, Part 1

Week 8 - August 10 - Feature Film:  Pope John Paul II, Part 2

Week 9 - August 17 - Pivotal Player: G.K. Chesterton:  The Evangelist

Week 10 - August 24 - Pivotal Player: Michelangelo:  The Artist

Typical Session Format:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Introduction to our Pivotal Player
  • Video Presentation
  • Reflection, Questions, and Group Discussion
  • Closing Prayer

Hospitality is a hallmark of our Catholic tradition

Coffee, tea, and water will be provided

Participants are encouraged to sign up to bring refreshements to share with the group


Also, mark your calendars for next Summer starting June 21, 2018 when we present Volume 2

St. Augustine:  The Teacher

St. Benedict:  The Monk

St. Ignatius:  The Founder

Bartolome de Las Casas:  The Activist

Flannery O'Conner:  The Story Teller

Ven. Fulton Sheen:  The Communicator

From the Word on Fire website:


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Saints. Artists. Mystics. Scholars.


Bishop Robert Barron's CATHOLICISM series, an epic ten part documentary, took people around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith. The series aired on PBS and has been seen by millions.


But there is still more of the story to tell.


Bishop Barron is on a new journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.