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News: Nationally Televised Program to Launch in October!


It has just been announced that Father Barron will launch a nationwide television program in October, becoming the only Catholic priest in the country with a national mainstream television platform. Word on Fire with Father Barron will appear on WGN America Sundays at 8:30 am Central.

Read the full press release below or by clicking 
here, and make sure to tune in on Sunday mornings to witness this historic event and hear more of Father Barron's insightful explanations. 

In a bold move to reach Catholics and those searching for Christ in their lives, Father Robert Barron begins broadcasting a weekly national television program on October 3rd. “Word on Fire with Father Barron” will appear on WGN America Sundays at 8:30 am Central.

“Now is the time to reach out to Catholics and others who are searching for meaning in their lives or who have left the Church because they are disillusioned,” says Father Barron, a prominent theologian, author, and Archdiocesan priest of Chicago since 1986. “In each episode, our mission will be to encourage believers and bring the transformative power of the Gospel to the culture.”

This is a groundbreaking broadcast. Fr. Barron will become the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1950s to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network. Barron is a professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and is one of the world's most innovative teachers of Catholicism. His global media ministry called "Word on Fire" has a simple but revolutionary mission - to educate and engage the culture. 

For the past two years, Barron has been producing a ten-part documentary series called “Catholicism”, journeying to 16 countries to tell the story of the Church. The release is set for next year, but Father Barron will preview some highlights of the series in his weekly broadcasts.

“The faith of the Church is our strength,” says Barron. “Our program will strive to show viewers the richness of the Catholic faith and how it is a treasure to be shared now and with future generations. The faith imbues our life with meaning and imparts to all a renewed sense of purpose.”

Father Robert Barron is a sought-after speaker on the spiritual life. He has published numerous books, essays and DVDs. Word on Fire, a non-profit organization, has attracted millions of viewers and listeners to its web and its programs on other media outlets.

Please tune in to WGN America nationally on Sunday, October 3 at 8:30 am for “Word on Fire with Father Robert Barron“(the WGN Chicago broadcast airs at 9:30 am central). Funds for the program have been raised through private donations.

For more information, go to Media inquiries, contact Nanette Noffsinger at nanetten(at)aol(dot)com or 615-776-4230.

Posted: 9/13/2010 11:30:38 AM by Word On Fire | with 15 comments
Filed under: FatherBarron, WGN, WordonFire

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Will this be broadcast in Canada via Salt and Light tv or EWTN?

9/13/2010 4:02:10 PM
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J. W. Blakely
Brilliant! Congrats! Good news for Catholics in general and very well deserved for WOF and Fr. Barron in particular... Maybe too much to ask but I only hope it does not decrease the regularity of video commentaries via Youtube as those have been quite an effective tool of evangelization.
9/13/2010 8:14:45 PM
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Yes WGN is available in Canada on Rogers and Shaw but it is an extra cost. I don't know about you but I am looking forward to this! I am spreading the good news so to speak.
9/13/2010 9:10:25 PM
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Wow, this is a surprise. I just heard Fr. Barron this Sunday. Iam sure my friends and family will get a lot out of the program - they need it!
9/14/2010 9:46:14 AM
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Question: will the programs be available anywhere else, like the WGN website? I don't have access to their television network...
9/14/2010 12:40:51 PM
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Loretta Hoffman
Will Father Barron's programs be playing in the Baltimore area? If so, what channel? I have never heard of Father Barron before today. A friend just emailed me about this, and I am excited to hear about him.
9/23/2010 5:59:28 PM
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I don't get this channel; will the programs be available on your website? I hate to miss an opportunity to hear Fr. Barron speak; he's my favorite preacher.
9/23/2010 6:17:20 PM
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ditto dans comment
9/23/2010 11:09:56 PM
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Word On Fire
Hello everyone!

Here is the link to the channel finder that will help you determine when and on what channel Father Barron will appear in your area:,0,5768429.htmlstory

Thank you for following!
9/24/2010 7:05:18 AM
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Hi I am so excited about this! Congratulations to WOF and to Fr. Barron! I pray regularly for your work! Btw, is there anyway I could watch these programs in the UK??
9/24/2010 7:34:11 AM
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I am VERY happy to hear that Father Barron will be evangelizing in the Boston area on a national network. My hope is that my family who currently is alseep in their faith will awaken when they view Father on a national platform! An answer to my prayers...
9/26/2010 12:17:19 PM
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Dan S
Thank you for your efforts ... we desperately need a voice in the media bringing the Catholic perspective! Praying for a big success!
10/1/2010 6:45:36 PM
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Looking foreward to tomorrow's tv broadcast so went to site to get familiar - and they have you listed for 9:30 am. Something needs fixing.
10/2/2010 7:02:15 PM
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Schedule on WGN has listed you at 9:30.
10/2/2010 7:04:44 PM
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Fr. Marcelo j. Navarro, IVE
Congratulations on this major endeavor!
God bless
Fr. Marcelo
10/2/2010 8:17:44 PM
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Father Robert BarronFather Robert Barron is a sought-after speaker on the spiritual life-from prestigious universities to YouTube to national conferences and private retreats. The prominent theologian and podcasting priest is one of the world's great and most innovative teachers of Catholicism. His global media ministry called Word On Fire has a simple but revolutionary mission - to evangelize the culture.

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