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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

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist (2020 REC)

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 27, 2020 .

Bishop Robert Barron’s lecture on the Real Presence at the 2020 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, given on February 19, 2020.

The Disobedience of Adam and Eve

by Bishop Robert Barron . March 1, 2020 .

We enter once more into the very holy season of Lent: a time of preparation; a desert time; a time of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving; a time to return to the basics. And so how wonderful that the Church gives us, for this first Sunday of Lent, a passage from…

Bishop Barron on Praying at the Tomb of St. Paul

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 20, 2020 .

In this new video commentary, I reflect on my recent visit to the tomb of St. Paul. As I knelt and prayed on that spot, wearing the full liturgical regalia of a successor of the Apostles, I had a certain feeling of unworthiness. But then as I prayed further, I…

Be Holy

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 23, 2020 .

As we continue our focus on the Old Testament texts, we turn this week to the nineteenth chapter of the book of Leviticus. As the name suggests, the book has a good deal to do with the Levites, who were the priests of ancient Israel. Accordingly, there is much talk of…

What Is Synodality?

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 18, 2020 .

It was a great privilege for me to participate in the Synod on Young People in the fall of 2018. Along with about three hundred other bishops and ecclesial experts from around the world, I spent four weeks in Rome exploring the complex question of the…

¿Qué es la sinodalidad?

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 18, 2020 .

Fue un gran privilegio para mí participar en el Sínodo sobre los Jóvenes en el otoño de 2018. Junto con unos trescientos obispos y expertos eclesiásticos de todo el mundo, pasé cuatro semanas en Roma explorando la compleja cuestión del alcance misionero de la Iglesia a los jóvenes. Alrededor…

Bishop Barron on Spending Time with His Spiritual Father

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 13, 2020 .

In this new video commentary, I reflect on my “ad limina” visit with Pope Francis on January 27. It would be impossible to summarize what turned out to be a three-hour conversation with the Holy Father, but there were three dominant themes that emerged.

Choosing to Keep the Commandments

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 16, 2020 .

Our first reading for this weekend is taken from a book that we don’t consult that frequently in the course of the liturgical year—namely, the book of Sirach. It is presented as a series of sayings of Jeshua ben Sira, a wise Jewish elder. Our reading is taken from the…

The Ratzingerian Constants and the Maintenance of Harmony in the Church

by Bishop Robert Barron . February 11, 2020 .

Some years ago, my friend Msgr. Francis Mannion wrote an article concerning the three essential features of the Eucharistic liturgy—namely, the priest, the rite, and the people. When these elements are in proper balance, rightly ordered liturgy obtains. Further, from these categories, he argued, we can discern the three typical…