Robert Barron (bishop)
|The Most Reverend
|Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Titular Bishop of Macriana
|Ordination||May 24, 1986
by Joseph Bernardin
|Consecration||September 8, 2015
by José Horacio Gómez, Joseph M. Sartoris, and Blase J. Cupich
|Birth name||Robert Emmet Barron|
November 19, 1959 |
|Motto||Non nisi te Domine
("Nothing but you, Lord")
Robert E. Barron
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Religious style||His Excellency|
|Ordination history of Robert Barron (bishop)|
|Principal consecrator||José Horacio Gómez|
|Date of consecration||September 8, 2015|
Robert Emmet Barron (born November 19, 1959) is a prelate of the Catholic Church, author, scholar and Catholic evangelist, known for his Word on Fire ministry. He serves as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Previously, he served as Rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
Robert Barron was born November 19, 1959, in Chicago. He spent his childhood first in Detroit, then in the Chicago suburb of Western Springs. His mother was a homemaker, and his father, who died in 1987, was a national sales manager for a food distributor. He has a sister and a brother, John Barron, who is the Sun-Times Media Group's publisher and senior vice-president of news and editorial operations.
Barron discovered Thomas Aquinas, the medieval philosopher and theologian, when he was a freshman in high school. He transferred to Benet Academy and graduated from that high school in 1978. He was ordained in May 1986. He earned his M.A. at Catholic University of America, where he had been awarded the prestigious Basselin Scholarship in philosophy and public speaking, in philosophy. His thesis was "Production and the Political Animal in the Writings of Karl Marx", and his advisor was Daniel Dahlstrom. He is a Doctor of Sacred Theology under the pontifical system from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992. His thesis was "Creation as Discipleship: A Study of the De potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich", which was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 1993. His advisor was Michel Corbin.
Ordination and ministry
Ordained in 1986, Barron was the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago until his installation as auxiliary bishop. Barron lectured extensively in the United States and abroad, including the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. The late Cardinal George called Barron “one of the Church’s best messengers.”
Barron served as associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross parish in Park Ridge, Illinois from 1986-1989. He is a prominent theologian. Since 1992 he is the Professor of Systematic Theology at University of St. Mary of the Lake. In 2002 he was a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2007. He was also twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican in 2007 and 2010.
On July 21, 2015, it was announced by the Holy See that Pope Francis had appointed Barron an auxiliary bishop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Titular Bishop of Macriana in Mauritania. Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles gave each of the three forthcoming auxiliary bishops pectoral crosses modeled after the one Pope Francis wears, noting that Barron's media talent and rapport with young people, as well as his outreach to other faiths and to the world of culture (including with non-believers and non-practicing or fallen away Catholics) and education would be good for the archdiocese. Archbishop Cupich said he would be of great benefit to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, citing his work with Word on Fire, his doctoral training in theology and parish service in Chicago, his social media presence, and his administrative service to him and his two predecessors, cardinals George and Bernardin, especially since his appointment as rector and president of the seminary.
In 2000 Barron launched "Word on Fire Catholic Ministries", a non-profit organization, that supports his evangelistic endeavors. Word on Fire programs, featuring Barron, have been broadcast regularly on WGN America, EWTN, Telecare, Relevant Radio and the Word on Fire YouTube Channel. Barron's Word on Fire website offers daily blogs, articles, commentaries and over ten years of weekly sermon podcasts. In September 2015, Barron and Word on Fire Content Director Brandon Vogt started a weekly podcast called "The Word on Fire Show".
Barron lectures extensively in the United States and abroad and he has published numerous books, essays and DVD programs. He is a frequent commentator on faith and culture for The Chicago Tribune, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel, Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Herald in London and The Catholic New World. His lectures have also been featured in multiple titles distributed through Lighthouse Catholic Media
- Exploring Catholic Theology; July 2015
- Seeds of the Word: Finding God in the Culture; March 2015
- Catholicism; 2011
- Eucharist; 2008
- Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ; 2008
- The Priority of Christ: Toward a Post-Liberal Catholicism; June 2007
- Bridging the Great Divide: Musings of a Post-Liberal, Post-Conservative, Evangelical Catholic; 2004
- The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path; 2002
- Heaven in Stone and Glass; 2000
- And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation; 1998
- Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master; 1996
- A Study of the De potentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich; 1993
- Untold Blessings: The Three Paths of Holiness, July 2005
- Conversion to Christ, 2006
- Faith Clips, 2007
- Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues, 2007
- Eucharist, 2009
- Catholicism, 2011
- Catholicism: The New Evangelization, 2013
- Priest, Prophet, King, 2014
- The Mystery of God, 2015
He filmed a 10-part documentary, The Catholicism Project, filmed in 16 countries, which aired on nearly every public television station in America beginning in 2011. A sequel was released in September 2013, Catholicism: The New Evangelization.
In October 2010 he began presenting a half-hour television show, Word on Fire with Father Barron, on WGN America on Sundays at 8:30 am Central. Barron is the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1950s to have a regular national program on a commercial television network.
Barron's radio show, also called Word on Fire, is heard on Sunday nights in the United States at 7:00 pm on Relevant Radio.
Honors and awards
- 2015: Fisher's Net Award for Best Overall and Best Social Media Presence
- 2013: Doctor of Religious Education, Honoris Causa, Providence College
- 2012: Doctor of Humanities, Honoris Causa, Lewis University
- 2012: Relevant Radio Christ Brings Hope Award
- 2003: Catholic Press Association Book Award: The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path.
- 1998: Catholic Press Association Journalism Award: Best Article - Clergy, Religious, "The Uncanny God".
- 1997: Catholic Press Association Book Award: Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master.
- 1995: Catholic Press Association Journalism Award: Best Article - Professional and Special Interest, "Priest as Bearer of the Mystery".
- ChicagoBusiness (27 Sep 2010). "The Rev. Robert Barron takes to TV, blogs, YouTube as a new-media Catholic priest".
- The Huffington Post (20 Nov 2009). "John Barron named Sun-Times Media Group Publisher".
- Global Zenit News (7 June 2010). "Age Old Values Spread Through Modern Technology".
- St.Paul Center for Biblical Theology (archive) (4 October 2008). "Father Robert Barron - Curriculum Vitae".
- "Auxiliary Bishop Barron". Angelus News. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- Lighthouse Catholic Media: Products by Fr. Robert Barron
- PRWEB (13 Sep 2010). "Catholic Priest Father Robert Barron set to Launch Nationwide Television Program in October".
- "Award Winners - Fisher's Net Awards". Fisher's Net Awards. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
- "Word on Fire" official website
- "The Catholicism Project" on Facebook
- Fr. Barron on Twitter
- Catholicism Home
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