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CATHOLICISM Series Wins a Christopher Award | 3/21/2012

NEW YORK, March 21, 2012 — A young adventurer risks his life to reunite trafficked children with their families; African-American maids in the South reclaim their dignity through sharing their stories; a priest travels around the world to explore the history of the Catholic Church. These stories and more are told in the 22 feature films, TV/Cable programs, and books for adults and young people being honored with Christopher Awards, to be presented in New York on May 24th, 2012.

Created in 1949, The Christopher Awards are presented to writers, producers, directors and illustrators whose work affirms the highest values of the human spirit. Christopher Awards program manager, Tony Rossi, says, “Not only are this year’s winners entertaining, engaging and inspiring, they also reflect the power of our individual choices to shape the lives of others in unexpected ways”...

Read more about the various award recipients, including the CATHOLICISM Series, here.

Brisbane's The Catholic Leader: "Catholics urged to find new ways to evangelise" | 3/15/2012

March 15, 2012:

"Catholics urged to find new ways to evangelise"

The onliine publication of the Archdiocese of Brisbane in Australia, The Catholic Leader, reported on Father Barron's presentation at the Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre at St Laurence's College, South Brisbane, on March 8-- part of a national tour sponsored by Australian Catholic University.

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Catholic News Agency features Father Barron's article, "Cleansing of the Temple" | 3/14/2012

March 14, 2012:

Catholic News Agency
featured Father Barron's article, "Cleansing of the Temple."

Read the article here.

The Anchor: "‘Catholicism’ Series Praised as Important Evangelization Tool" | 3/6/2012

March 6, 2012:

The Anchor, the weekly publication of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts, praises CATHOLICISM as "an important evengelical tool."

By Kenneth J. Souza, Anchor Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. — One of the key concepts Father Robert Barron had when he first set out to create his acclaimed 10-part documentary series “Catholicism” was to find a way to bring together the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith.

“That was a big motivating factor for me,” Father Barron told The Anchor. “I wanted to show the texture of Catholicism. We have all this great, visible wealth in the Church and I didn’t want to reduce it to just words and ideas. Whenever we had an idea to present, we asked ourselves: ‘How can we show that idea?’ And that’s really what inspired the whole series”...

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Australian National News Publication, "The Age," Covers the Story of CATHOLICISM Down Under | 3/6/2012

March 6, 2012:

The Age, a national news publication in Australia, featured the story of Father Barron's journey through the land down under presenting his CATHOLICISM series,  a ray of light within a "dark time for Catholicism."

Read the full story here.

Father Barron's CATHOLICISM Series Inspires Melbourne | 3/5/2012

March 5, 2012:

American theologian, author and film-maker Fr Robert Barron was given a warm welcome by Melbourne’s Catholics—young and old—yesterday as he commenced his inaugural Australian tour.

Fr Barron, from Chicago, is in Australia for two weeks with his film crew, to continue his documentary work and to promote his 10-part series called Catholicism, which was first aired on America’s public broadcasting network last September.

Hosted by Australian Catholic University (ACU) and Parousia Media, Fr Barron will speak with students and staff at ACU’s Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Ballarat campuses, as well as members of the broader community in a series of public talks...

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The Archdiocese of Sydney Welcomes Father Barron to Australia | 3/2/2012

March 2, 2012:

Chicago priest Fr Robert Barron, often described as "one of the Church's best messengers" and director of the very popular new evangelisation ministry Word on Fire arrives in Australia this weekend for a series of  speaking engagements.

Accompanied by his film crew Fr Barron will also be interviewing a number of our leading clergy including the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell...

Read the press release here.

Watch CATHOLICISM on EWTN Beginning This March | 2/29/2012

February 29, 2012:

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – You asked to see it again! Watch the original six episodes of “Catholicism” that previously aired on EWTN – now in a new 30-minute format. (For a complete schedule, please go to

“Viewers have also asked about the four episodes to which PBS has exclusive rights,” said EWTN Executive Vice President & COO Doug Keck. “Those rights will soon expire. EWTN is looking forward to airing those episodes when they become available in September.”

If you somehow missed it the first time, Fr. Robert Barron and his film crew visited more than 50 locations in 16 different countries during the four years it took to produce this multimillion-dollar documentary of faith and history. Catholic Commentator George Weigel calls it “the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America.” (See the “Catholicism” trailer at

View the press release and schedule here.

Word on Fire Donates CATHOLICISM, a New 10-Part Documentary Series, to U.S. Military Around the World | 2/17/2012

February 17, 2012:

"Catholicism," the popular 10-part series written and hosted by Father Robert Barron, is being donated to all facets of the Catholic faith communities in the U.S. military across the world by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. The documentary is being sent to support military priests, chaplains and lay leaders serving the pastoral needs of those on ships, deployed overseas, in V.A. medical centers and on U.S. Military installations around the world.

"The 'Catholicism' series provides an effective opportunity to engage active duty young adults in the Catholic faith,” said Mark Moitoza, the Vice Chancellor for Evangelization at the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. “We estimate that there are about 300,000 Catholic young adults in the military and our archdiocese recently has been making a concerted effort to reach out to these young men and women serving our country"...

Read the press release here.

CATHOLICISM series comes to Boston viewers | 2/17/2012

February 17, 2012:

Pilot Catholic News, America's oldest Catholic newspaper and the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, released the news that the CATHOLICISM series is coming to viewers in the greater Boston area.

Read the article and find out more information here.

Archbishop Dolan praises Father Barron in Rome keynote address about new media | 2/17/2012

February 17, 2012:

New York Daily News featured an article on Cardinal-elect Timothy Dolan's recent keynote address to the Pope and the College of Cardinals in Rome, in which he spoke extensively about the new media and evangelism. In addition, he praised Father Barron and his ministry, Word on Fire.

Read the article here.

The Reuter's press release on Dolan's speech can be found here.

CATHOLICISM Producer Gets Standing Ovation at Providence College | 2/12/2012

February 12, 2012: CATHOLICISM Executive Producer Mike Leonard was the keynote speaker at Providence College's first Alumni & Family Weekend, an event that welcomed PC graduates, parents of upperclassmen, as well as prospective students to its Rhode Island campus. Leonard, Providence College class of 1970, spoke for close to an hour about his unexpected faith journey, his involvement with the project, as well as his four critical, life-altering years spent as a hockey player at PC. The crowd of close to 1,000 gave him a standing ovation at the end of his talk.

To read about the event, see here.

Father Barron speaks at Elmhurst College | 2/9/2012

February 9, 2012:

Elmhurst College, a private, four-year college affiliated with the United Church of Christ, invited Father Barron to deliver its annual Joseph Cardinal Bernadin Lecture to a packed house at the Frick Center.

Read about the event here.

Brisbane's The Catholic Leader: "Gifted US preacher bound for Brisbane" | 2/2/2012

February 2, 2012:

"Gifted US Preacher bound for Brisbane": The Archdiocese of Brisbane's Catholic publication, The Catholic Leader, featured and article on the Word on Fire apostolate, the CATHOLICISM series, and Father Barron's upcoming trip to Brisbane.

Read the article here.

New York's NET TV Interviews Father Barron on "Silence and Social Media" | 1/30/2012

January 30, 2012:

Following Pope Benedict XVI's "World Communications Day" message regarding silence and evangelization, Liz Faublas of New York's NETtv interviewed Fr. Barron on the program, Currents.

Watch the interview here.

Denver Catholic Registry: "Servant of the Word banquet, workshop to honor Father Robert Barron" | 1/24/2012

January 24, 2012: "Servant of the Word banquet, workshop to honor Father Robert Barron"

Father Robert Barron will be in Denver next month to receive this year’s Servant of the Word Award from the Catholic Biblical School.
Read the article in the Denver Catholic Registry.

Providence College: Catholicism Series Creators to Headline Alumni & Family Weekend | 1/17/2012

January 11, 2012: Providence, R.I.-- Rev. Robert Barron, creator and host of the new documentary series Catholicism, and Mike Leonard ’70, the show’s executive producer, will be the keynote speakers on February 11 during Alumni & Family Weekend  at Providence College.

Father Barron, a Chicago-area priest, and Leonard, a correspondent for NBC-TV’s Today show, will discuss their two-year collaboration on Catholicism and answer questions from the audience. Their talk, “Journey to the Heart of the Faith,” will be given at 10:00 a.m. in the Peterson Recreation Center. It is open to the public.

Since the release of Catholicism in September, Father Barron and Leonard have spoken together around the country, but Leonard said the address at PC will mark their first appearance at a college.

Read the entire article here.

Archdiocese of Denver offers public viewings of the CATHOLICISM series | 1/11/2012

January 11, 2012: Public invited to free viewings of popular ‘Catholicism’ series

There are two opportunities coming up in the Denver metro area for people to view all 10 episodes of the documentary series “Catholicism,” created by Father Robert Barron of Word On Fire ministry.

On Wednesday evenings Jan. 18 through Feb. 15, Denver’s Catholic Biblical School will run the series at the John Paul II Center in Denver; and on Monday evenings Jan. 23 through March 26, St. Thomas More Church in Centennial will air episodes.

Read the entire article here.

"Dolan Elevated as Pope Names New Cardinals" - New York Times Online article quotes Fr. Barron | 1/6/2012

The New York Times covered the story of Pope Benedict XVI's elevation of 22 priests to the College of Cardinals on the Church's Feast of the Epiphany. Among the 22 was New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan. In the article, Father Barron was quoted regarding this magnanimous figure.

Congratulations to Cardinal Dolan and the rest of the newly-appointed Cardinals.

Read the New York Times article here.

Father Barron and CATHOLICISM Executive Producer Mike Leonard appear on NBC's Today Show | 12/20/2011

The CATHOLICISM series was recently featured on NBC's Today Show with Father Robert Barron, the host and writer of the series, and Executive Producer Mike Leonard. 

Watch the re-cap of their interview with Ann Curry here.

Catholicism Series Hits a Milestone: Over 1,000 Broadcasts on Public Television Nationwide | 12/20/2011

Father Robert Barron previews the popular documentary on NBC's Today Show and at the New York Times Center.  Read the press release here.

National Catholic Register: CATHOLICISM to air in Germany | 11/28/2011

The National Catholic Register reports that CATHOLICISM will be translated, dubbed and broadcast in Germany. See the article here.

University of Notre Dame to hold CATHOLICISM screening | 11/4/2011

November 4, 2011: The University of Notre Dame announced plans to host a screening of CATHOLICISM on Thursday, November 10 at 3:30 p.m. The screening will be sponsored by the Colleges of Engineering and Science and will include clips from all 10 episodes as well as a discussion facilitated by Father Barron and the colleges' deans. Fore more details about the event, see the University's news page.

Father Barron and Mike Leonard's appearance on "Chicago Live!" re-broadcast online | 10/21/2011

Father Barron and Mike Leonard were recent guests on Chicago Live!, the stage and radio show produced by the Chicago Tribune and The Second City. Father Barron and Leonard, CATHOLICISM's executive producer, spoke about the groundbreaking 10-part journey in the history, art and people behind the faith. Manya Brachear  conducted the interview in front of a live audience at the Chicago Theater. 

Father Barron interviewed on Salt + Light's "Perspectives" | 10/7/2011

Tune in to Canada's Salt + Light television on Friday, October 7th, at 7 pm as "Perspectives" host Pedro Guevara Mann interviews Fr. Barron about CATHOLICISM.

For more information, click here.

Fr. Barron on EWTN: Live on "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo and on "Bookmark" with Doug Keck | 9/17/2011

All about CATHOLICISM:  Watch this extended interview with Fr. Barron on EWTN's "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo - LIVE from Washington, D.C. on September 15, 2011.


The story of the Catholic Church to be presented on public television this fall.

WTTW, Chicago’s premier public television station, announced that it will premiere and distribute four episodes of Catholicisma multi-part documentary series for public television – in October 2011 to public television stations nationwide.

Chicago Priest turns Film Producer with 10-part, Hi-Def Epic on Catholicism | 10/2/2008

Publishing books, podcasting his sermons and posting movie reviews on his YouTube channel were just warm-ups for Chicago priest and popular theologian Fr. Robert Barron. 

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