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January

Talk at Amazon HQ

The staff at Amazon’s headquarters invites Bishop Barron to discuss his new book Arguing Religion

World Youth Day in Panama

At World Youth Day, Bishop Barron discusses how we become fully alive when we surrender to God and his great missionary call for our lives.

Word on Fire en Español Social Media Pages Launched

Word on Fire launches Spanish Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram pages to spread the Gospel to more people.

February

​Inaugural Word on Fire Institute Digital Summit

The Word on Fire Institute hosts experts in Scripture, theology, philosophy, spirituality, sociology, history, science, and literature as they discuss the important and challenging task of evangelizing the unaffiliated.

March

Honorary Doctorate from the Angelicum in Rome

Bishop Barron receives an honorary doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas on St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day.

Inaugural "Bishop Barron Presents" Live Event with Leah Libresco

Leah Libresco and Bishop Barron discuss the rise of disaffiliation and why we need to argue many people back into Christianity.

Stations of the Cross Video Reflections Released

Word on Fire releases Bishop Barron’s personal reflections on the Stations of the Cross.

APRIL

"28 Days to Engage My Parish" Released

Word on Fire launches a training series for priests and parish leaders to equip them with the right tools to engage, form, and evangelize their parishioners.

May 

“Pivotal Players” Series Screening Event

The epic six-episode CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players (Volume 1) series airs free for a week, and thousands journey with Bishop Barron to discover the figures who shaped the Church and changed the world.

​National Conference for Catechetical Leadership

Bishop Barron offers catechists several strategies to help bring the unaffiliated back to Catholicism.

June

Interview with Jordan Peterson Released

Bishop Barron and Dr. Jordan Peterson dialogue about God, the Bible, philosophy, meaning, and literature.

​New Word on Fire Institute Office Opens in Dallas

Bishop Barron blesses the new Word on Fire Institute office in Dallas, Texas.

July

“Letter to a Suffering Church” Book Published

Bishop Barron’s new book attempts to place the sexual abuse scandal within a theological, historical, and scriptural context and to suggest a path forward.

​“Pivotal Players” Filming in Europe and the Dominican Republic

Bishop Barron retraces the lives of St. Ignatius of Loyola and Bartolomé de las Casas in Europe and the Dominican Republic for his “Pivotal Players” series.

August

Inaugural Word on Fire Institute Journal Released

Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute, is released to train others to become evangelizers of the culture.

September

Fulton Sheen + Flannery O’Connor "Pivotal Players" Episodes Released

In the latest installment of CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, Bishop Barron offers a look at the lives and major contributions of two twentieth-century Americans: Fulton J. Sheen & Flannery O’Connor.

“The John Allen Show: Trusted News From Rome” Launches

The Word on Fire Institute launches The John Allen Show, an all-new bi-weekly podcast discussing news from the Vatican, as well as national and international Church affairs.

Bishop Barron Hosts Second Reddit #AMA

Bishop Barron returns to Reddit, one of the most popular websites on the Internet, to answer unfiltered questions on the “Ask Me Anything” forum.

October

200th Episode of “The Word on Fire Show” Podcast

"The Word on Fire Show,” Bishop Barron's weekly podcast hosted by Brandon Vogt, celebrates its 200th episode.

“The Sacraments” Filming

The Word on Fire Production crew films The Sacraments, Bishop Barron’s newest film series.

John Henry Newman and the New Evangelization” Lecture at Oxford

Bishop Barron gives lecture on the newly canonized St. John Henry Newman, titled “Newman and the New Evangelization.” He delivered the lecture from the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, the same church where St. Newman preached and gave some of his greatest sermons.

Bishop Barron Visits Capitol Hill

Bishop Barron addresses audience of Senators, Representatives, and staff members at the Library of Congress and offers the Opening Prayer on the House Floor.

November

The Word on Fire Institute Podcast Launches

The “Evangelization and Culture Show,” hosted by Matt Nelson and Jared Zimmerer, discusses culture and religion and features interviews with numerous cultural influencers, both believers and nonbelievers. 

Second “Bishop Barron Presents” Live Event with Arthur Brooks

Dr. Arthur Brooks, former president of the American Enterprise Institute and current professor at Harvard, delivers a presentation followed by Q&A between Bishop Barron and Dr. Brooks, hosted by Jared Zimmerer.

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A Year in Videos

Interview with Dr. JOrdan Peterson

Letter to a Suffering Church

The PIVOTAL PLAYERS: Fulton J. Sheen & Flannery o'connor

“Evangelization & Culture,” the journal of the word on fire institute

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