Fr. Barron on Why You Need “CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization”
Fr. Robert Barron, creator and host of CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization, explains how this film relates to the original CATHOLICISM, why he chose “new ardor, new expressions, and new methods” as his framework, and how the Study Program can help your parish implement the New Evangelization.
by Fr. Robert Barron
Word on Fire, DVD, four-discs
Released on September 10, 2013
CATHOLICISM taught us what the Church believes and why. Now CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization shows us how to put our Faith into action in today’s increasingly secular world. The film is now available for pre-order for $59.95, or $99.95 for the Study Leader’s Kit.
You’ll follow Fr. Barron around the world to Australia, England, and around the U.S. to examine the Church’s mission within the challenges of Western secular culture. This 90-minute film first tells us what the “New Evangelization” is, and then takes us on a fascinating tour to witness examples of new ardor, new expressions, and new methods of evangelization in action.
The DVD set also includes four hours of extra features, including two Fr. Barron speeches, as well as full interviews and insights on the New Evangelization with George Weigel, Ross Douthat, Brad Gregory, and Brandon Vogt.
by Brandon Vogt
Word on Fire, spiral-bound paperback with tabs
Released on September 10, 2013
The study program includes a Participant’s Study Guide and the Leader’s Guide. Both contain six lessons, questions, book recommendations, and a glossary, while the Leader’s Guide also features a comprehensive answer key and tips on facilitating your group. Here are brief descriptions of each lesson in the study program:
Lesson One: “Introduction”
“What is the New Evangelization?”, “Why is it worthwhile?”, and “How does one do it?” Father Barron explains how the concept of a “new” evangelization began to take shape in the second Vatican Council.
Lesson Two: “New Ardor”
New enthusiasm, new energy and renewal from Holy Spirit constitute “new ardor.” Fr. Barron takes us behind the scenes at World Youth Day and shows us other energetic examples of new ardor. The deepest source of Christian ardor is the reality of the resurrection, which fuels us to actively reach out in love to others with the “Good News.”
Lesson Three: “New Expressions—Part I
Lesson Four: “New Expressions—Part II
It’s not an expression of a different truth, but the same truth proclaimed and lived by Christ, that we have to express in a different cultural setting. Fr. Barron explains why secularism is on the rise: Confusion about who and what God is; Trying to fill human longing for God with the temporal and materials things of this world; and Relativism that purports that there is no objective truth.
Lesson Five: “New Methods”
Fr. Barron calls for “using the means and methods of our time to evangelize.” In today’s culture the Internet and social media plays a huge role. Fr. Barron encourages us all to use these new methods for the Lord. We all can give testimony to Christ by the methods we use to communicate and by how we live each day.
Lesson Six: “Faith in Action”
The New Evangelization Formation Program includes a sixth workshop-style session that guides participants in developing their own new evangelization action plan, either as individuals or as a Catholic group/parish. This section is based on selected clips from the interviews conducted for the series.
Check out these two preview clips below: