SAGINAW — The Diocese of Saginaw encourages the faithful and all who are curious about the Catholic faith to view the newly produced documentary “Catholicism,” to air across the diocese on WDCQ-TV and WCMU-TV. Delta Public Broadcasting and Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting are among more than 80 PBS stations around the country that have chosen to air four 60-minute episodes of the series.
The “Catholicism” series illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than one billion people around the world. The documentary aims to tell the story of Catholicism using art, architecture, literature, music and all the sacred riches of the Catholic tradition.
The series was created and is hosted by Father Robert Barron, the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary and a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and was filmed in more than 50 locations in 15 countries. The executive producer is acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leonard, a veteran correspondent for NBC‘s Today show and producer of the popular public television series Ride of Our Lives. Together, Fr. Barron and Leonard spent two years traveling the world with a crew of seasoned network television producers.
Highlights include some of the world’s architectural and artistic masterpieces and most sacred places: the Dome of the Rock, the Hagia Sophia, the tomb of Mother Teresa, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, rare views of the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Pope’s private gardens, Chartres, Notre Dame, and Cologne Cathedrals, as well as the celebration of the Feast of Ugandan Martyrs, one of the largest religious events on the planet.
"It was such a gift to attend a course by Fr. Barron at the Angelicum (in Rome) a few years back,” said Dr. Dan Osborn, Director of the Center for Ministry for the Diocese of Saginaw. “He combines a humble spirit with a brilliant theological mind. I remember one of my Dominican professors telling me about Fr. Barron's upcoming series, ‘Catholicism,’ and he predicted that Fr. Barron's impact in the media may very well approach that of the late Fulton Sheen."
The first episode, “Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man” will air at 9:00 p.m. on October 27 on WDCQ-TV (Q-TV). Viewers will journey to the mysterious sites and sacred places of the land of Israel. Three more episodes of “Catholicism” will air at 9:00 p.m. for three consecutive Thursdays, November 3, November 10 and November 17 on WDCQ-TV (Q-TV).
The series began airing on CMU Public Broadcasting last Saturday and will continue over the next three Saturdays, October 22, 29 and November 5 at 8 p.m.
The four episodes being shown on PBS include, “Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man,” “That Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought: The Ineffable Mystery of God,” “Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God,” and “The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure.” The remaining six episodes will air on EWTN Global Catholic Network starting in November.
To view clips from the upcoming series click here.