The Pivotal Players
By Robert Barron

In two thousand years, the Catholic Church has yielded countless saints, artists, mystics, and scholars. But among them are figures that are truly pivotal—men and women who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization.

In this vibrant book based on the multi-part film series CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, Bishop Robert Barron draws readers into the life and work of twelve Pivotal Players—from great saints such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas to literary masters such as G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O’Connor—who personally demonstrated the dynamics of the Christian faith in their distinct time and place. These stories capture both the great variety of personalities and vocations in the Catholic Church and the harmonies between them, all oriented to its ultimate purpose: to be salt and light for all the nations.

Elegantly designed with full-color images and photography, The Pivotal Players is a unique journey into the truth and beauty of Catholicism as exemplified in the concrete lives of some of its most fascinating figures.

Author: Robert Barron
ISBN: 978-1-943243-67-9
Binding: Hardcover
Page Count: 280
Publisher: Word on Fire
Dimensions: 6 x 9 x
Language: English
Release Date: 2020-09-15



by Bishop Robert Barron

Chapter 1: St. Augustine

Chapter 2: St. Benedict

Chapter 3: St. Francis of Assisi

Chapter 4: St. Thomas Aquinas

Chapter 5: St. Catherine of Siena

Chapter 6: Michelangelo

Chapter 7: Bartolomé de las Casas

Chapter 8: St. Ignatius of Loyola

Chapter 9: St. John Henry Newman

Chapter 10: G.K. Chesterton

Chapter 11: Fulton J. Sheen

Chapter 12: Flannery O'Connor

Afterword: Becoming Pivotal Player Today
by Holly D. Ordway


Art & Photography

“This is a beautiful book. Peace and strength waft up from its pages as you read and turn them and gaze at the vivid, vibrant pictures. It is the fresh air of Catholic culture that you are breathing in, not as an abstract idea but through the lives of the enlightened men and women who—differently but always fresh in every age—embody the exquisite truths of Jesus’ Gospel.”

 Abbot Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B., Abbot of Mount Angel Abbey