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In addition to the spiritual maladies of the times, Bishop Robert Barron says he also sees opportunities for both evangelization and renewal in the Church.

Satisfying the ‘hungry heart’: an interview with Bishop Barron 

Bishop Robert Barron provides both diagnoses of and prescriptions for the most pervasive spiritual maladies of our times. Read more

Bishop Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire, which announced on March 13, 2024, that its institute will partner with the University of St. Thomas, Houston, to launch a master’s program in evangelization and culture this summer.

Word on Fire to launch master’s program in evangelization with St. Thomas-Houston

Mar 15, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Word on Fire and the University of St. Thomas, Houston, announced Wednesday that they are launching a master’s program in... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks to tens of thousands of young people at a World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023.

Bishop Barron: As I leave for the Synod on Synodality

Oct 3, 2023

By Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron wrote a message to his flock before leaving for Rome for the Synod on Synodality, which will... Read more

Winona-Rochester Bishop Robert Barron, with Deacon Tim O'Donnell to his left, answers questions from the crowd following his lecture "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition" on Harvard University's campus on Sept. 17, 2023.

Bishop Robert Barron speaks at Harvard University: ‘The glory of God is man fully alive!’

Sep 18, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The founder of Word on Fire told the gathering on Harvard’s campus “the world is most itself when it has... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks to tens of thousands of young people at a World Youth Day gathering in Lisbon, Portugal, Aug. 2, 2023. The event, hosted by the U.S. bishops’ conference, culminated in a eucharistic procession and Holy Hour.

Word on Fire’s Bishop Barron: ‘We’ve dumbed down the faith too much for too long’

Aug 16, 2023

By Buchi Akpati

The bishop of the Winona-Rochester Diocese told EWTN Vatican’s Colm Flynn in Lisbon, Portugal, that young people “want something clear.” Read more

The Pillars of Creation, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Harvard scientist: The wonders of the universe point to a Creator

Jan 21, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Karin Öberg, professor of astronomy and director of undergraduate studies at Harvard University, spoke recently at the Wonder Conference in... Read more

Episcopal Installation of Bishop Robert Barron as the Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester

Word on Fire’s Robert Barron installed as bishop of Rochester, Minnesota

Jul 29, 2022

By Edie Heipel

Barron is returning to the Midwest after almost seven years as auxiliary bishop in Santa Barbara. Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Photo courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Here's what Bishop Barron said about his future with Word on Fire

Jun 3, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A new job for its founder, and controversy over its workplace culture, raise questions about the future of the Catholic... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks at the Holy SeePress Office, Oct. 12, 2018.

Bishop Barron expresses 'great gratitude' for his appointment to Winona-Rochester

Jun 2, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In a Thursday press conference, Bishop Robert Barron, newly appointed to the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, said he got on his... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron. Photo courtesy of DeChant-Hughes Public Relations.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Barron to lead Minnesota diocese

Jun 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Barron, who runs the Catholic media apostolate Word on Fire, has served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of... Read more

Word on Fire Bible. Photo courtesy of Word on Fire.

‘A Cathedral in print’: Word on Fire Bible combines scripture, commentary, sacred art

Oct 15, 2020

By Mary Farrow

Michael Stevens and Nicolas Fredrickson are good friends who meet weekly for Bible study.  Read more

Bishop Robert Barron speaks during the Word on Fire Conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., August 2018. Photo courtesy of Word on Fire.

Priests call Word on Fire conference a consoling encounter with scripture

Aug 23, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

Returning from Bishop Robert Barron's conference held this week on preaching, several priests said the experience was a grace-filled time... Read more

Father Robert Barron, Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Msgr. David G. O'Connell on July 21, 2015.

LA gets three new auxiliary bishops, including Fr. Robert Barron

Jul 21, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Known for his online videos which tackle everything from the saints, to the “new atheism,” to the latest blockbuster film,... Read more