WOF 026: Fulton Sheen, Apostle of the New Media

Venerable Fulton Sheen is remembered as one of the greatest Catholic evangelists of the twentieth century. A master of both television and radio, he shared the Gospel with millions using his unique blend of wit, humor, and insight. Bishop Barron reflects on Sheen’s legacy and the lessons he offers us. A deacon listener asks how Bishop Barron prepares his own homilies each week.

Topics Discussed

  • 0:56  – Bishop Barron’s summary of the New Evangelization Conference in Latrobe, PA
  • 1:45 – Who was Archbishop Fulton Sheen?
  • 4:54 –  One thing we must do before we evangelize
  • 6:42 – The significance of a Catholic priest on primetime, network TV
  • 8:47 –  How Sheen reached 30 million viewers through his TV show
  • 11:02 – Sheen’s strategy for evangelizing a broad audience
  • 13:05 – Would Fulton Sheen be on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram?
  • 14:32 – The importance of Sheen’s book, The Mystical Body of Christ
  • 17:29 – The common thread connecting Ronald Knox, G.K. Chesterton, and Fulton Sheen
  • 18:26 – How Sheen’s “Holy Hour” grounded all his writing and preaching
  • 20:40 – Sheen’s commitment to do a “Holy Hour” every day during his priesthood
  • 22:42 – Bishop Barron’s experience giving the “Tre Ore” talks at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • 24:38 – Question from listener: How does Bishop Barron prepare his homilies?

Bonus Resources