Bishop Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is also the founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith. Francis Cardinal George has described him as “one of the Church''s best messengers."
Bishop Barron is the creator and host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary series about the Catholic Faith. The series has aired on hundreds of PBS stations across the world and has been used by parishes, universities, and schools as an essential resource. Since then, Bishop Barron and Word on Fire also released the follow-up documentary CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization and are currently wrapping up CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, a beautiful new film series on the mystics, scholars, artists, and saints who shaped the Church and changed the world. The first volume of the series debuted in September 2016 and was syndicated for national television and nominated for an Emmy award. The second volume is currently in production.
Bishop Barron has created eight other films and study programs including:
David the King
The Mystery of God
Priest, Prophet, King
Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues
Bishop Barron''s website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year. The site hosts daily blog posts, weekly articles and video commentaries, and an extensive audio archive of over 500 homilies. Bishop Barron''s homilies are heard by tens of thousands of listeners each week. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 30 million times, and over 350,000 people receive his daily email reflections. Episodes of his podcast/radio show, The Word on Fire Show, have been downloaded over four million times.
Bishop Barron is one of the most-followed Catholics in the world on social media. His work has garnered:
1.5 million+ Facebook fans (https://facebook.com/BishopRobertBarron)
140,000+ YouTube subscribers (https://youtube.com/user/wordonfirevideo)
100,000+ Twitter followers (https://twitter.com/BishopBarron)
Bishop Barron has produced over 400 online video commentaries. His weekly, high-quality productions include brief and lively theological reviews of contemporary culture, including movies, books, music, current events, and more.
EWTN (The Eternal Word Television Network) and CatholicTV broadcast Bishop Barron''s videos and documentaries to a worldwide audience of over 150 million people. His weekly homilies and podcasts air on multiple radio stations to millions of listeners.
Bishop Barron has been invited to speak about religion at the headquarters of both Facebook and Google. He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis'' historic visit to the United States.
Bishop Barron works with NBC News in New York as an on-air contributor and analyst. He is also a frequent commentator for the Chicago Tribune, FOX News, CNN, EWTN, Our Sunday Visitor, the Catholic Herald in London, and Catholic News Agency.
He has published numerous essays and articles on theology and the spiritual life, which appear frequently online and in numerous journals. He is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published sixteen books, including:
Arguing Religion: A Bishop Speaks at Facebook and Google (Word on Fire, 2018)
To Light a Fire on the Earth: Proclaiming the Gospel in a Secular Age (Image, 2017)
Vibrant Paradoxes: The Both/And of Catholicism (Word on Fire, 2016)
Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy, and Evangelization (Baker Academic, 2015)
Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture (Word on Fire, 2015)
2 Samuel (Brazos, 2015)
Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith (Image, 2011)
Eucharist (Orbis, 2008)
Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ (Crossroad, 2008)
The Priority of Christ: Toward a Post-Liberal Catholicism (Brazos, 2007)
Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative, Evangelical Catholic (Sheed & Ward, 2004)
The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path (Orbis, 2002)
Heaven in Stone and Glass: Experiencing the Spirituality of the Great Cathedrals (Crossroad, 2000)
And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation (Crossroad, 1998)
Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master (Crossroad, 1996)
A Study of the De potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich (Edwin Mellen Press, 1993)
His most recent project is the Word on Fire Institute, a new hub for spiritual and intellectual formation, training members of the Word on Fire movement to proclaim Christ in the culture.
Bishop Barron received a Master''s Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992. His other advanced degrees include:
Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, Assumption College
Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, Saint Anselm College
Doctor of Sacred Theology, Honoris Causa, Dominican House of Studies
Doctor of Religious Education, Honoris Causa, Providence College
Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, Lewis University
Bishop Barron was ordained a priest in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, and then appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary in 1992. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican.
He served as the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary University of St. Mary of the Lake from 2012 until 2015.