The Universality of Catholicism

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Monday, Feb 1, 2010 - 7pm ET

Father Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian. He is the creator and host of Catholicism, a groundbreaking ten-part documentary series and study program about the Catholic faith. He is a passionate student of art, architecture, music, and history and calls upon these disciplines in the making of the documentary.

Fr. Barron is the rector of Mundelein Seminary near Chicago and the founder of Word On Fire (www.WordOnFire.org). Word On Fire programs are broadcast regularly on WGN America, Relevant Radio, CatholicTV, EWTN, 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. In 2010, Fr. Barron became the first priest to have a national show on a secular television network since the 1950s. 

Fr. Barron received his Master’s Degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1982 and his doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique in 1992.  He was ordained to the priesthood in 1986 and has been a professor of systematic theology at the nation's largest Catholic seminary, the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary since 1992. He was visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame in 2002 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 addition, Fr. Barron lectures extensively in the United States and abroad. Cardinal George calls Fr. Barron “one of the Church’s best messengers.

Fr. Barron was baptized at Queen of All Saints Basilica in Chicago and grew up at St. John of the Cross parish in Western Springs, Illinois.