Father Robert Barron Embarks on Production of New Documentary, "Catholicism: The Pivotal Players," This Month

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Follow the production crew with updates at http://www.PivotalPlayers.com.

Five years ago, Father Robert Barron and Word on Fire Catholic Ministries embarked on the adventure of a lifetime journeying around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith. That journey culminated with the release of "CATHOLICISM," a ten part documentary that presented in a manner never seen before what Catholics believe and why.

The series has been seen by millions and along with its accompanying book and study program is even now being used as an essential resource for the Church’s teaching and evangelizing effort.

And there is still more of the story to tell.

Father Barron is beginning a new journey this month 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.

These Pivotal Players include St. Irenaeus, St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Francis of Assisi, Michelangelo, St. Ignatius, St. Catherine of Siena, Bartolomé de las Casas, G.K. Chesterton, and John Henry Newman.

This month, Father Barron and his production team will begin shooting episodes for St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Siena. The crew will travel to Rome, Florence, Naples, Siena, Avignon and Paris to document these two saints.

Throughout the trip, Father Barron will share behind-the-scenes video updates at http://www.PivotalPlayers.com.

Philosopher and theologian St. Thomas Aquinas was born in 1225 in Roccasecca, Italy. Combining the theological principles of faith with the philosophical principles of reason, he ranked among the most influential thinkers of medieval Scholasticism. An authority of the Roman Catholic Church and a prolific writer, Aquinas died in 1274, at the Cistercian monastery of Fossanova in Italy.

St. Catherine of Siena took vows as a Dominican tertiary (a member of a monastic order but able to live outside of a convent). During her life, she successfully returned the papacy of Pope Gregory XI from France to Italy. All of her writings were bound in the Dialogo. In 1970, she was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church and one of two patron saints of Italy

All of the members of the production crew for "CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players" also worked on the "CATHOLICISM" and "CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization" film series. In addition to Father Barron, the crew consists of:

  •     Father Steve Grunow, Word on Fire CEO and Executive Producer
  •     Matt Leonard, Director and Editor
  •     John Cummings, Director of Photography
  •     Nanette Noffsinger, Producer and Production Manager
  •     Jack Thornton, Associate Producer

Father Barron is the founder of the global ministry, Word on Fire, and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary.

Stay tuned for updates from the road with Father Barron at http://www.PivotalPlayers.com.

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