More than 450 sets of the series and study programs being sent in time for Lent
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – “Catholicism,” the popular ten-part series written and hosted by Father Robert Barron, is being donated to all of the Catholic Faith Communities served by the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) around the world. 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.
“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 AMS. “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.
“’Catholicism’ 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 around the world. 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 The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The generous donation from Word on Fire includes 452 DVD box sets, leader kits, Catholicism books, and prayer cards.
As the nation’s only archdiocese without geographical boundaries, the AMS endorses priests for on-site ministry at more than 350 locations throughout the country and around the world to 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 the AMS and its endorsed priests to serve their spiritual and sacramental needs.
Word On Fire reaches millions of people through its weekly programs, which have been broadcast on WGN America, Relevant Radio, EWTN, 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 tohttp://www.CatholicismSeries.com.
For more information on the AMS, visit http://www.milarch.org, the only official Web site for Catholics in the military and for the Cause of Father Vincent Capodanno, M.M.