Father Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian from Western Springs, Illinois. Father Barron is also the founder of Word On Fire, a global, non-profit media group. He is the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago. As part of World on Fire’s ministry, Father Barron, created and hosts the new PBS series Catholicism. The Catholicism documentary illustrates the history and treasures of a global religion shared by more than one billion people around the world. Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986, Father Barron 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, Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Herald in London, The Washington Post, CNN and The Catholic New World. He lectures 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. Father Barron received a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America and a doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Cardinal Francis George calls Father Barron one of the Church’s best messengers. About Word On Fire: Word On Fire (www.WordOnFire.org) reaches millions of people through its weekly programs, which have been broadcast on WGN America, Relevant Radio, The Eternal Word Television Network, the popular Word On Fire YouTube Channel, and the Word On Fire website, which offers daily blogs, articles, commentaries, and over ten years of weekly sermon podcasts.
About Catholicism: In this sweeping documentary, Father Barron tells the story of Catholicism around the world using art, architecture, literature, music and all the riches of the Catholic tradition. The production crew travels to some of the most magnificent and sacred sites in Jerusalem, Rome, Krakow, Warsaw, New York, Istanbul, Ephesus, Lourdes, Mexico City, Athens, Corinth, Mexico City, Uganda, Manila, Sao Paolo, Auschwitz, Kolkata, Philadelphia, Chicago, and beyond. The team was granted exclusive access to film privately in many locations inaccessible to the general public. Highlights include some of the world s architectural and artistic masterpieces and most sacred places: The Dome of The Rock, the Hagia Sophia, the tomb of Mother Teresa, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, rare views of the Pantheon, St. Peter s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Pope s private gardens, Chartres, Notre Dame, and Cologne Cathedrals, as well as one of the largest religious celebrations on the planet the feast of the Ugandan martyrs. Public television stations across the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia will locally air four 60-minute episodes of the series: Amazed and Afraid, The Revelation of God Become Man, The Ineffable Mystery of God: That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought, Our Tainted Nature s Solitary Boast: Mary, the Mother of God, and The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure. Viewers can find out air dates in their city by going to www.CatholicismSeries.com. The documentary in its entirety has 10 parts and is also available through the web site. Father Barron has also written a new 300 page book, Catholicism, published by Image Books/Doubleday (Random House). There is also a study program available with a comprehensive workbook written by Carl Olson. These are all now available for RCIA, Adult Education, schools, and parishes.