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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

Where to Go When You Cannot Go On

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 8, 2021 .

Friends, we’ve all hit points in which we felt we could not go on spiritually, physically, or mentally. In the Gospel today, Christ declares himself the bread that has come down from heaven. If you want to live in the eternal realm, you must eat food that sustains forever.

Why I Hate John Lennon’s “Imagine”

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 29, 2021 .

Friends, the Olympics opening ceremonies in Tokyo featured one of the worst pop songs of all time: John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The lyrics—imagining there is no heaven, no religion, and no God—are an invitation into a very dangerous space.

Finding Lasting Happiness

by Bishop Robert Barron . August 1, 2021 .

Friends, the ensemble of this world that God has made is good, and we’re meant to enjoy it; however, we hunger for something that transcends this world. Christ is the only good that can satisfy us. Mass Readings Reading 1 –…

Bishop Barron Presents Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen: Conversations at the Crossroads

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 27, 2021 .

Friends, it is my pleasure to share the latest “Bishop Barron Presents” discussion featuring author Dr. Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen. In our conversation, we discuss the history of ideas that shaped American culture and her two books: “American Nietzsche” and “The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History.” Stay tuned for future…

What You Need to Know about the Catholic Mass

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 25, 2021 .

Friends, the sixth chapter of John is one of the most profound reflections we have on the meaning of the Eucharist. Let us pay close attention to our Gospel today, which is John’s account of the miraculous multiplication of the loaves, to form a better appreciation of the miracle we…

How to Be a Good Leader

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 18, 2021 .

Friends, our readings today center around the familiar biblical theme of sheep and shepherding. Both human and divine, it is Jesus who has come to lead us, walking in front of his people, alongside us, and behind us as both the God of Israel and the righteous heir of David.

Breaking Out of the Prison of Self-Invention

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 8, 2021 .

Friends, we must break free of the prison of our own subjectivity, from which we have little choice but to hurl invective at one another. We have to get beyond the valorization of our own feelings and ideas and enter into a journey of exploration together. But this requires that…

Proclaiming Christ in the Culture

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 11, 2021 .

Friends, Sunday’s first reading makes it clear that if you are baptized, you are called to bring God’s word to others. This week, I share five recommendations as you follow his calling as priest, prophet, and king. Mass Readings Reading 1 –…

Pro-abortion Politicians: Can We Actually Dialogue?

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 1, 2021 .

Friends, I want to challenge pro-abortion Catholic politicians to take a small step toward authentic dialogue with the Church on this critical matter. If there is no quest for common ground, what are we dialoguing about? Read my article in the New York Post: https://nypost.com/2021/06/28/bishop-will-catholic-dems-support-protections-for-babies-who-survive-abortion/…

You Are Called to Be a Prophet

by Bishop Robert Barron . July 4, 2021 .

Friends, all baptized Christians are summoned to announce the Word of God. In our Gospel today, we hear the call, like Ezekiel, to share the Good News with all whom we encounter, especially those who have heard but turned away from the faith.