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The next Fulton Sheen?

posted by jmcgee

The esteemed Fr. Robert Barron is about to stake his claim on that title, doing what no priest has done since Sheen: he’ll launch his own national TV show on a commercial network.

From the press release:

about_frBob.jpg In a bold move to reach Catholics and those searching for Christ in their lives, Father Robert Barron begins broadcasting a weekly national television program on October 3rd. “Word on Fire with Father Barron” will appear on WGN America Sundays at 8:30 am Central.

“Now is the time to reach out to Catholics and others who are searching for meaning in their lives or who have left the Church because they are disillusioned,” says Father Barron, a prominent theologian, author, and Archdiocesan priest of Chicago since 1986. “In each episode, our mission will be to encourage believers and bring the transformative power of the Gospel to the culture.”

This is a groundbreaking broadcast. Fr. Barron will become the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1950s to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network. Barron is a professor at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary and is one of the world’s most innovative teachers of Catholicism. His global media ministry called “Word on Fire” has a simple but revolutionary mission – to educate and engage the culture.

For the past two years, Barron has been producing a ten-part documentary series called “Catholicism”, journeying to 16 countries to tell the story of the Church. The release is set for next year, but Father Barron will preview some highlights of the series in his weekly broadcasts.

“The faith of the Church is our strength,” says Barron. “Our program will strive to show viewers the richness of the Catholic faith and how it is a treasure to be shared now and with future generations. The faith imbues our life with meaning and imparts to all a renewed sense of purpose.”

I confess: I’m a fan of the good padre’s, and we’ve had him as a guest a couple of times on “Currents.” I hope this show resonates with people and will be around for a long time. If anyone can make this work, he can. Good luck!



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bt

posted September 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm


The videos on his website are very good!



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Brad Miner

posted September 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm


Of course, try finding WGN America on most cable systems. What a shame it’s not available on mine. Still, it’s good that Fr. Barron has broken through. Perhaps with success the show will find other affiliate networks.



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Your Name Linda Pelayo

posted September 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm


That’s great! Finally we have someone to reach out and impart to people out there who are still confused, doubtful and dissilusioned about the wonders of Catholicism. I am an avid fan of Fr. Barron and I pray that he will get a lot of support to make the show last and be able to evangelize and change a lot of people’s lives.



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J de la cruz

posted September 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm


Since some of us do not have WGN channel, will there be recordings via youtube or in another electronic format?
I’m excited and praying for Father Barron!



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Mrs Dalrene Pompeus

posted September 14, 2010 at 6:07 pm


WE THANK YOU DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER for Father Barron. Please Protect him and All Your Chosen Priests who Bring You to us. GOD BLESS FATHER BARRON !!!



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John M

posted September 14, 2010 at 7:57 pm


What is Fr. Barron’s usual format and style? Will this show resemble Sheen’s in intellectual depth? I sure hope so.
Hopefully, he won’t seek to dumb it down for us – anyway have any idea what the format of the show will be?



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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted September 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm


Those interested can get a good idea of Fr. Barron’s style at his website, Word on Fire.
It’s very good! You’ll find links to videos and DVDs you can order, too.
Dcn. G.



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profling

posted September 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm


Too young.Besides, Bishop Sheen had unique charisma, vocal skills, and intellect.



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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted September 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm


Too young? His bio indicates that he was ordained in 1986. If he was 27 then (give or take), that means he’s 51 now. (Ahem. The same age as me.)
When Sheen’s “Life is Worth Living” debuted on TV, he was 56. And he’d been doing radio work for 20 years before then.
Dcn. G.



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Mike

posted September 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm


Bob is brilliant. He’s also a huge Bob Dylan fan, and a fairly good guitar player.



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Eka

posted September 14, 2010 at 10:11 pm


Fr. Barron is wonderful…God bless him!



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Gina Nakagawa

posted September 14, 2010 at 10:40 pm


Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s shoes are mighty large to fill. I remember him before syndication and reruns on EWTN. He is my hero. Even as a little girl I loved listening to him. There is a great deal about Father Barron that reminds me of Archbishop Sheen: his easy conversational manner, his erudition,the care and concern his style delivers to the public, his fearless delivery or the truth, and, yes, his good looks. If he is willing to stand before an audience as a beacon of true Godliness in the sea of garbage called “commercial television,” then God bless his endeavors!



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Andre John

posted September 14, 2010 at 11:41 pm


Good luck, i hope they can show it on EWTN so we can see it.
just watched a TV program about Fulton Sheen on EWTN the other day, and its very inspiring, even in these current times.
did you know, he even won an Emmy award, MIRACULOUS, these days to win awards the tv show should have sex, violence, drugs, bad times… :(



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arnie

posted September 15, 2010 at 12:14 am


I heard multiple times Rev. Robert Barron. He has a soft, confident and articulate way of expressing things. But, he says a lot of watered and soften things ‘a la’ Vatican II.
Bishop Sheen’s shoes are HARD to fill–I don’t know if it’s possible. Fr. Barron is full of faith, but he’s NO Bishop Sheen!



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Brady

posted September 15, 2010 at 2:56 am


I agree that Bishop Sheen’s shoes will be hard to fill. But if anyone can do it, its Fr. Barron. I disagree about Fr’s watering down things, I think he speaks the truth, and boldly, but he does it Charitably as well.



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Elaine

posted September 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm


It’s a tragedy that unlike Bishop Sheen, who preached and taught the true Catholic faith, no one anywhere on any television station in the world can do that now since Vatican II destroyed it.



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