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Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron

Founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.
Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.
Bishop Barron’s website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times.
Bishop Barron’s pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.” He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States.
Bishop Barron’s latest film series and study program, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, debuted in September 2016 and has been syndicated for national television. 


Bishop Robert Barron Latest Blog Posts

In the Land of Zebulon and Naphtali

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 26, 2020 .

Our first reading from the prophet Isaiah and our Gospel are tightly linked, for St. Matthew, in articulating the meaning of Jesus, cites (as is his wont) an Old Testament text—namely, our reading from the eighth and ninth chapters of Isaiah. The prophet speaks of conflict in the land of…

It Is Too Little for You to Be My Servant

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 19, 2020 .

I want to focus this week on the extraordinary passage from the book of the prophet Isaiah, for it reveals a central dynamic of all of biblical revelation, and indeed of the spirituality of every Christian: that the Lord’s election is not for the sake of the elect, but for…

“1917” and Remembering Who We Are

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 14, 2020 .

I saw the film 1917 on the vigil of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and I think there’s a connection between the movie and the liturgical celebration. Bear with me. First, as everyone who has seen it remarks, the editing and cinematography of 1917 are so astounding…

“1917” y recordando quiénes somos

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 14, 2020 .

Vi la película 1917 la vigilia de la fiesta del Bautismo del Señor, y creo que hay una conexión entre la película y la celebración litúrgica. Tengan paciencia. En primer lugar, como comentan todos los que lo han visto, el montaje y la cinematografía de 1917 son tan sorprendentes que…

Vitae Spiritualis Ianua

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 12, 2020 .

The first sacrament one can receive in the Church, Baptism, defines our relationship with Christ. In it, we are reborn as part of his Mystical Body and gifted with the grace of God’s love. Baptism lays the foundation for every other sacrament we are to receive and inextricably links us with the Trinity.

The Light of the Nations

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 5, 2020 .

Today’s readings for Epiphany speak of a light that shines on Israel, the chosen people, but that is meant for the whole world, a light that is a beacon summoning all the nations. And that Light is Jesus Christ himself. As the prophets predicted, this Light is the illumination of…

The One Pope

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 2, 2020 .

The new and much-ballyhooed Netflix film The Two Popes should, by rights, be called The One Pope, for it presents a fairly nuanced, textured, and sympathetic portrait of Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis) and a complete caricature of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). This imbalance fatally undermines the movie, whose…

El único papa

by Bishop Robert Barron . January 2, 2020 .

Los dos papas, la nueva y muy aclamada película de Netflix, debería llamarse, por derecho, El único papa, ya que presenta un retrato bastante matizado, texturizado y simpático de Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Papa Francisco) y una caricatura completa de Joseph Ratzinger (Papa Benedicto XVI). Este desequilibrio socava fatalmente la película,…

Herod and Joseph

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 29, 2019 .

The point of our Gospel for Holy Family Sunday is to make us see a contrast between Herod, the perfect type of the anti-family man, and Joseph, the selfless protector of Mary and Jesus. Herod’s whole existence was conditioned by and predicated upon what was good for Herod; Joseph’s whole…

Bishop Barron on Advent: Dreaming Big

by Bishop Robert Barron . December 19, 2019 .

The first reading and Gospel for the fourth Sunday of Advent remind us that religion is not about sufficiently impressing a reluctant God, but rather opening our hearts and minds to the great things God wants to do for us.