Fr. Robert Barron, Creator and Host

Fr. Robert Barron, Creator and Host

"The filming of the 'Catholicism' series was one of the most exciting and rewarding periods of my life.  Our team traveled the globe to capture some of the beauty, truth, and texture of Catholicism.  I hope to engage the imaginations of both Catholics and non-Catholics, and I’m so grateful to so many who made this production possible.”  

An acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian from Western Springs, Illinois, Fr. Robert 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 University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary near Chicago.

Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986, Fr. Barron has published 10 books, numerous essays, and DVD programs. He was America's first podcasting priest and his programs have been broadcast regularly on Relevant Radio, EWTN, WGN America, and its popular YouTube Channel.  Father Barron 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. Fr. 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.”