Bishop Barron started proclaiming Christ to the culture by airing his homilies on WGN radio, which was then the biggest station in Chicago. It was a great start, but he was only reaching Chicagoans who were awake at 5:15 a.m. on Sundays and listening to the radio! Since the homilies were pre-recorded, Bishop Barron responded to a friend’s encouragement and started housing all the homilies on a website. From there, because people could access the homilies anytime, anywhere, Word on Fire grew. It was a simple but powerful idea: spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through multiple media platforms, engaging people with the goodness, truth, and beauty of Catholicism.
Today, Word on Fire reaches millions every year by effectively sharing the Gospel via podcasts, videos, books, articles, Scripture studies, and Gospel meditations. Word on Fire sets out into the deep to reveal what it means to truly encounter Christ by proclaiming the universality of the Catholic faith that is both ancient and forever new, reaching beyond the borders of country, background, or person.
Our story is proof that all it takes is one spark to set the world ablaze. This is the Word on Fire.