Viewing Oprah’s “Belief” Series From a Catholic Perspective


Beginning this Sunday, October 18, 2015 (8 p.m. ET/PT), a worldwide phenomena of sorts will take place as Oprah Winfrey launches a seven-night event, Belief, on the OWN network. This series will explore humankind’s ongoing search for connecting with something greater than ourselves. It is part of Oprah’s ongoing quest to have a conversation on the topic of spirituality.

No doubt, Oprah’s Belief series will be the topic of water-cooler conversations in the week to come. Catholics would do well to watch the series from a Catholic perspective so as to be able to thoughtfully discuss with others our Catholic understanding of spirituality, which is rich and deep.

To help us view Oprah’s Belief series from a Catholic perspective, I have put together this handout which you can use (and make copies of for group use) on your own or at a viewing party or with groups from your parish/faith community. I invite you to return to this post to share your comments and insights on the series.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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