Recommended for study programs of 4 or 5 sessions.
Everything you need to host a CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players - St. Augustine & St. Benedict study program is included in this Leader's Kit. Please keep in mind that the Study Guides must be purchased separately. Bulk discounts of 15% are applied to orders of 20 or more.
The Leader Guide contains extensive commentary on the theological content of each episode of Bishop Barron's film series, as well as a variety of questions and suggested answers. To expand on topics covered in the series, the "Questions for Understanding" incorporate references from Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The "Questions for Application" help us think about how Bishop Barron's message applies to our lives and experiences.
The Facilitator's Guide, all four lessons from the participant's Study Guide, and an Answer Key for the Questions for Understanding are all included in the Leader's Guide. The Facilitator's Guide explains how to plan, promote, and present the study in detail. All study coordinators and group facilitators are welcome to sign up for free training webinars.
Each session of group study should include video viewing and group discussion of Study Guide questions. Before the small group discussion, participants should read the commentary in the study guide and prepare questions. This preparation can be done before or after watching the video.
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players by Bishop Barron is a multi-part series that illuminates a small group of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but also changed the course of western civilization. This brief study focuses on two incredible fourth and fifth century saints: St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Benedict of Nursia.
Perhaps the premier example of how faith in Christ changed a person is the fourth century bishop, Saint Augustine. Augustine’s narrative of personal transformation provides a template for life in Christ that still captivates today. In an age when people insist upon sharp demarcations between spirituality and religion, or between Christ and the Church, St. Augustine provides a unifying way forward. We do not have to choose one or the other, but are chosen by Christ for his Church.
In a world darkened by the fading light of classical culture, St. Benedict cast a greater light—Jesus Christ. His insistence that the Gospel should be embodied in communities of friendship and peace, guided by the sacrifices of poverty, chastity, and obedience, became a new cultural matrix and unleashed a vigorous spiritual dynamism from which a new civilization would emerge.
Join Bishop Barron as he traces the lives and contributions of these two pivotal saints.
Disc Run Times (Blu-Ray)
1) St. Augustine - 59 min
2) St. Benedict - 61 min
40 prayer cards (20 of each Pivotal Player)
Each card contains the same prayer written especially for this program, plus an original watercolor portrait of one of the Pivotal Players painted by artist Jonathan Sundy. These prayers foster growth in the virtues expressed by each of these champions of the faith. These are perfect for use in study sessions, family prayer, or to carry for personal prayer to foster growth.