<![CDATA[CATHOLICISM RSS Feed]]> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:54:16 <![CDATA[CATHOLICISM Series Wins a Christopher Award]]> NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 — A young adventurer risks his life to reunite trafficked children with their families; African-American maids in the South reclaim their dignity through sharing their stories; a priest travels around the world to explore the history of the Catholic Church. These stories and more are told in the 22 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people being honored with Christopher Awards, to be presented in New York on May 24th, 2012.

Created in 1949, The Christopher Awards are presented to writers, producers, directors and illustrators whose work affirms the highest values of the human spirit. Christopher Awards program manager, Tony Rossi, says, “Not only are this year’s winners entertaining, engaging and inspiring, they also reflect the power of our individual choices to shape the lives of others in unexpected ways”...

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Non-violent activism in the face of racial injustice rests at the heart of the Emmy Award-winning American Experience: Freedom Riders (PBS/WGBH) about the courageous black and white Americans who endured mob violence to desegregate interstate travel in the South in 1961. For viewers of all faiths, Rev. Robert Barron’s 10-part mini-series, CATHOLICISM (PBS/Word on Fire Ministries), travels around the world to explore the history, beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church through insightful spiritual commentary and breathtaking visuals of artistic treasures. Friendships with his old rabbi and an inner city minister awaken author Mitch Albom’s long dormant quest for God in this Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of his best-seller, Have a Little Faith (ABC-TV). The Oprah Winfrey Network’s first original documentary, Serving Life (OWN), explores the hospice program inside a Louisiana maximum security prison where many hardened criminals find redemption through the power of caring for those who are dying. The Academy Award-winning documentary Strangers No More (HBO) highlights the Bialik-Rogozin School in Israel which welcomes children fleeing poverty, political adversity and genocide in other countries, offering them a new home and hope for the future...

The Christophers, a nonprofit organization founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. The ancient Chinese proverb—“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”— guides its publishing, radio, leadership and awards programs. More information about The Christophers is available at www.christophers.org.

Read more about the various award recipients here.

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 12:54:16
<![CDATA[CatholicTV Monthly's February issue features full-length special on Father Barron and CATHOLICISM]]> March 15, 2012:

CatholicTV Monthly
's February issue features a full-length special on Father Barron and CATHOLICISM.

Read the story and view the photos here.

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 14:44:47
<![CDATA[Catholic News Agency features Father Barron's article, "Cleansing of the Temple"]]> March 14, 2012:

Catholic News Agency
featured Father Barron's article, "Cleansing of the Temple:"

Artistic representations of the Ten Commandments often depict two stone tablets on which there are two tables of inscriptions.

This portrayal follows from a classical division of the commandments in which there are two specific categories—those that order humanity’s relationship with God and those that order human relationships with one another. If we consider the Bible as a totality, it becomes apparent that the Scriptures give priority to the first table, those commands dealing with God.

The Ten Commandments begin with an insistence that the Lord alone is God and there are to be no other gods besides him. This is not just a principle meant to order humanity’s expressions of ritualized worship, but a statement about the ethos of the entire moral and spiritual order. Whatever it is that humanity worships, be it the gods of the ancients or the allures of wealth, power, pleasure and honors, will by necessity give rise to our perceptions and practices concerning the moral life. The God or gods in whom we place our ultimate concern will direct our lives and determine our choices...

Read the article here.

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:31:28
<![CDATA[Brisbane's The Catholic Leader: "Catholics urged to find new ways to evangelise"]]> March 15, 2012:

"Catholics urged to find new ways to evangelise"

The onliine publication of the Archdiocese of Brisbane in Australia, The Catholic Leader, reported on Father Barron's presentation at the Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre at St Laurence's College, South Brisbane, on March 8-- part of a national tour sponsored by Australian Catholic University.

Read the article

Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:49:53
<![CDATA[The 15-Track Musical Score behind the Series]]>

The stirring score that accompanies Father Robert Barron's CATHOLICISM series was composed by accomplished musician Steve Mullen* and draws upon melodies from traditional Gregorian chant. Father Barron's words and the rich imagery of the series are amplified by the emotional power of these theological treasures of the Faith. 

A full-color, 28-page booklet comes with the 15-track soundtrack that explains the composer's inspiration and the meaning behind each song. Featuring descriptions of the ancient chants as well as art and photography from the CATHOLICISM series, this booklet serves as an abbreviated spiritual study based upon the entire 10-part journey, CATHOLICISM.
*All tracks composed by Steve Mullen with the exception of Agnus Dei: Tropes on the Resurrection, which was composed by Dr. Peter Latona and performed by the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Peter Latona, Director.
Wed, 14 Mar 2012 14:41:16
<![CDATA[Catholic News Agency: Let's stop talking about evangelization and do it!]]> March 7, 2012:

Father Barron's article, "Let's stop talking about evangelization and do it!" was featured on the Catholic News Agency website. 

Read the article here.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 22:03:44
<![CDATA[The Anchor: "‘Catholicism’ Series Praised as Important Evangelization Tool"]]> March 6, 2012:

The Anchor, the weekly publication of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, praises CATHOLICISM as "an important evengelical tool."

By Kenneth J. Souza, Anchor Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. — One of the key concepts Father Robert Barron had when he first set out to create his acclaimed 10-part documentary series “Catholicism” was to find a way to bring together the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith.

“That was a big motivating factor for me,” Father Barron told The Anchor. “I wanted to show the texture of Catholicism. We have all this great, visible wealth in the Church and I didn’t want to reduce it to just words and ideas. Whenever we had an idea to present, we asked ourselves: ‘How can we show that idea?’ And that’s really what inspired the whole series”...

Read the article

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:19:46
<![CDATA[Australian National News Publication, "The Age," Covers the Story of CATHOLICISM Down Under]]> March 6, 2012:

The Age, a national news publication in Australia, featured the story of Father Barron's journey through the land down under presenting his CATHOLICISM series,  a ray of light within a "dark time for Catholicism."

Read the full story here.

Tue, 06 Mar 2012 17:10:10
<![CDATA[The Archdiocese of Sydney Welcomes Father Barron to Australia]]> March 2, 2012:

Chicago priest Fr Robert Barron, often described as "one of the Church's best messengers" and director of the very popular new evangelisation ministry Word on Fire arrives in Australia this weekend for a series of  speaking engagements.

Accompanied by his film crew Fr Barron will also be interviewing a number of our leading clergy including the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell...

Read the press release here.

Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:59:33
<![CDATA[Father Barron's CATHOLICISM Series Inspires Melbourne]]> March 5, 2012:

American theologian, author and film-maker Fr Robert Barron was given a warm welcome by Melbourne’s Catholics—young and old—yesterday as he commenced his inaugural Australian tour.

Fr Barron, from Chicago, is in Australia for two weeks with his film crew, to continue his documentary work and to promote his 10-part series called Catholicism, which was first aired on America’s public broadcasting network last September.

Hosted by Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Parousia Media, Fr Barron will speak with students and staff at ACU’s Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Ballarat campuses, as well as members of the broader community in a series of public talks...

Read the article

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:42:55
<![CDATA[Watch CATHOLICISM on EWTN Beginning This March]]> February 29, 2012:

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – You asked to see it again! Watch the original six episodes of “Catholicism” that previously aired on EWTN – now in a new 30-minute format. (For a complete schedule, please go to www.ewtn.com/series/shows/catholicism.)

“Viewers have also asked about the four episodes to which PBS has exclusive rights,” said EWTN Executive Vice President & COO Doug Keck. “Those rights will soon expire. EWTN is looking forward to airing those episodes when they become available in September.”

If you somehow missed it the first time, Fr. Robert Barron and his film crew visited more than 50 locations in 16 different countries during the four years it took to produce this multimillion-dollar documentary of faith and history. Catholic Commentator George Weigel calls it “the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America.” (See the “Catholicism” trailer at www.CatholicismSeries.com.)

View the press release and schedule here.

Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:15:30
<![CDATA[Catholics Flock to CATHOLICISM Series in Parishes]]> February 23, 2012:

“Catholicism” is catching on.

The 10-part DVD series is being shown in parishes around the diocese and a group of prisoners, after seeing one episode, asked to see the entire series.

The “Catholicism” documentary was created by Father Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Chicago, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. It was released last September. The executive producer is Mike Leonard, who has been a correspondent on NBC’s Today show and produced the public television series “Rule of Our Lives.”
According to LaVerne Bertin, associate director of the diocesan Office of Religious Education, 11 parishes are showing the series now and many more are planning to do so. She said she received many calls about the series after her name appeared as a contact person in an ad in The Catholic Free Press.

Her office is offering a program to teach people techniques for helping others get the most out of the series.
“It’s catching on with ordinary people,” she said...

Read the article on Catholic Free Press.

Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:01:32
<![CDATA[Word on Fire Donates CATHOLICISM, a New 10-Part Documentary Series, to U.S. Military Around the World]]> February 17, 2012:

"Catholicism," the popular 10-part series written and hosted by Father Robert Barron, is being donated to all facets of the Catholic faith communities in the U.S. military across the world by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. The documentary is being sent to support military priests, chaplains and lay leaders serving the pastoral needs of those on ships, deployed overseas, in V.A. medical centers and on U.S. Military installations around the world.

"The 'Catholicism' series provides an effective opportunity to engage active duty young adults in the Catholic faith,” said Mark Moitoza, the Vice Chancellor for Evangelization at the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. “We estimate that there are about 300,000 Catholic young adults in the military and our archdiocese recently has been making a concerted effort to reach out to these young men and women serving our country."

In this sweeping documentary, Father Barron tells the story of Catholicism around the world using art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. The production crew travels to some of the most magnificent and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Rome, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Istanbul, Ephesus, Lourdes, Mexico City, Athens, Corinth, Uganda, Manila, Sao Paolo, Auschwitz, Kolkata, Philadelphia, Chicago, and beyond.

"The 'Catholicism' series is not just a documentary about the Church but a means of instilling faith, hope, and love, especially for those, like the members of the military, who might be separated from loved ones or find themselves immersed in the most difficult of circumstances,” said Father Barron, “It is my hope that this gift will serve as a sign of the Church's comfort and care for all the men and women who serve their country."

Vice Chancellor Moitoza said the series highlights the beauty and impact of the Catholic faith around the world.

“Many in the military have the opportunity to visit these museums, shrines and historical places which shape one’s understanding of what it means to be a disciple in the world today,” he added. “These pilgrimages will have the potential to be rich in reflection and response due to the generous gift of Word On Fire to the men and women in uniform. 'Catholicism' is a great way for people to find a home in their faith."

This epic TV and DVD series illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than one billion people. It is filmed in stunning high-definition and spans more than 50 locations in 16 countries.

Father Robert Barron, the Francis Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, is the creator of the series and filmmaker Mike Leonard, correspondent for NBC‘s Today Show, serves as the executive producer.

Public television stations across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia have aired over 1500 episodes of the series, and it is also airing on EWTN.

The generous donation from Word on Fire includes 452 DVD box sets, study program materials, "Catholicism" books, and prayer cards.

As the nation’s only archdiocese without geographical boundaries, the Archdiocese for Military Services endorses priests for on-site ministry at more than 200 locations throughout the country and around the world. It serves Catholics and their families in the U.S. armed forces, V.A. medical centers and overseas civilian posts. Worldwide, an estimated 1.5 million Catholics depend on these priests to serve their spiritual and sacramental needs.

Word On Fire, Father Barron's global media ministry, reaches millions of people through its weekly programs, which have been broadcast on WGN America, Relevant Radio, The Eternal Word Television Network, PBS stations, and the popular Word On Fire YouTube Channel. The Word On Fire website offers daily blogs, articles, commentaries, and over ten years of weekly sermon podcasts.

For more information, go to www.CatholicismSeries.com.

Read the press release here.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:57:13
<![CDATA[CATHOLICISM series comes to Boston viewers]]> February 17, 2012:

Pilot Catholic News, America's oldest Catholic newspaper and the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, released the news that the CATHOLICISM series is coming to viewers in the greater Boston area.

Read the article and find out more information here.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:50:38
<![CDATA[Archbishop Dolan praises Father Barron in Rome keynote address about new media]]> February 17, 2012:

New York Daily News featured an article on Cardinal-elect Timothy Dolan's recent keynote address to the Pope and the College of Cardinals in Rome, in which he spoke extensively about the new media and evangelism. In addition, he praised Father Barron and his ministry, Word on Fire.

Read the article here.

The Reuter's press release on Dolan's speech can be found here.

Fri, 17 Feb 2012 10:56:27
<![CDATA[CATHOLICISM Producer Gets Standing Ovation at Providence College]]> February 12, 2012: CATHOLICISM Executive Producer Mike Leonard was the keynote speaker at Providence College's first Alumni & Family Weekend, an event that welcomed PC graduates, parents of upperclassmen, as well as prospective students to its Rhode Island campus. Leonard, Providence College class of 1970, spoke for close to an hour about his unexpected faith journey, his involvement with the project, as well as his four critical, life-altering years spent as a hockey player at PC. The crowd of close to 1,000 gave him a standing ovation at the end of his talk.

To read about the event, see here.

Sun, 12 Feb 2012 10:45:11
<![CDATA[Father Barron speaks at Elmhurst College]]> February 9, 2012:

Elmhurst College, a private, four-year college affiliated with the United Church of Christ, invited Father Barron to deliver its annual Joseph Cardinal Bernadin Lecture to a packed house at the Frick Center.

Read about the event here.

Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:36:58
<![CDATA[Brisbane's The Catholic Leader: "Gifted US preacher bound for Brisbane"]]> February 2, 2012:

"Gifted US Preacher bound for Brisbane": The Archdiocese of Brisbane's Catholic publication, The Catholic Leader, featured and article on the Word on Fire apostolate, the CATHOLICISM series, and Father Barron's upcoming trip to Brisbane.

Read the article here.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:23:24
<![CDATA[New York's NET TV Interviews Father Barron on "Silence and Social Media"]]> January 30, 2012:

Following Pope Benedict XVI's "World Communications Day" message regarding silence and evangelization, Liz Faublas of New York's NETtv interviewed Fr. Barron on the program, Currents.

Watch the interview here.

Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:10:12
<![CDATA[Watch the brief preview video from Chicago's "Sanctuary" here. ]]>

Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:26:24