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My Word on Fire team and I accomplished a great deal in 2020 thanks to supporters like you . . .

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January

Bishop Barron’s “Ad Limina”

Visit with Pope Francis

Bishop Barron’s “ad limina”

Visit with Pope Francis

In Rome, Pope Francis graciously spends three hours with Bishop Barron and the bishops of California, Nevada, and Hawaii.

February

Religious Education Congress Talk on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Religious Education Congress Talk on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Bishop Barron discusses the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist in front of religious educators and catechists at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.

March

“Centered: The Spirituality of Word on Fire” Book Published

“Centered: The Spirituality of Word on Fire” Book Published

The elegant cloth-cover book organizes excerpts from Bishop Barron’s books, articles, and sermons over the years according to the major themes of the spirituality of Word on Fire.

Daily Mass from Bishop Barron’s Chapel Begins

Daily Mass from Bishop Barron’s Chapel Begins

In an effort to continue the practice of our faith during the coronavirus outbreak, Bishop Barron offers online daily Mass.⁠ Word on Fire’s daily online Masses generate over 4 million views from more than 150 countries.

May 

Word on Fire Institute Fellow Dr. Stephen Bullivant’s “Catholicism in the Time of Coronavirus” Released

Word on Fire Institute Fellow Dr. Stephen Bullivant’s “Catholicism in the Time of Coronavirus” Released

Dr. Bullivant’s eBook provides an insightful and encouraging analysis of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, shedding light not only on the Church’s present moment and similar crises of the past, but also on the immediate future.⁠

“The Sacraments” Film Series Released

“The Sacraments” Film Series Released

In this follow-up to his series on the Mass, Bishop Barron looks at the great sacraments of the Church in all their theological depth, spiritual effects, and pastoral promise.⁠

June

Sunday Sermon Series Launches

Sunday Sermon Series Launches

Filmed with austerity and simplicity in Word on Fire’s Santa Barbara studio, this production takes the Word of God out of the sacristy and beyond the walls of the Church, preaching the Gospel to the wider culture.

“The Word on Fire Bible (Volume I): The Gospels” Released

“The Word on Fire Bible, Volume I: The Gospels” Released

After four years of quiet development, the groundbreaking first volume of The Word on Fire Bible is released, offering 2,000 years of insight, art, and tradition—a cathedral in print.

July

“Flannery O'Connor: The Storyteller” Film Nominated for an Emmy

“Flannery O'Connor: The Storyteller” Film Nominated for an Emmy

The Emmy Awards - Southeast nominates our Flannery O'Connor film from the CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players series for an Emmy Award.

Word on Fire Institute Hits 15,000 Members Milestone

Word on Fire Institute Hits 15,000 Members Milestone

The Word on Fire Institute welcomes its fifteen thousandth member to its community of evangelists.

August

“Renewing Our Hope: Essays for the New Evangelization” Book Published

“Renewing Our Hope: Essays for the New Evangelization” Book Published

This book pulls together seventeen essays, talks, and papers that Bishop Barron has composed over the past few years, and covers various subjects including evangelization, theology, philosophy, the sex abuse crisis, the priesthood, relativism, liberalism, and even contemporary movies.

September

“The Pivotal Players” Documentary Film Series Completed

“The Pivotal Players” Documentary Film Series Completed

After over five years in production, Bishop Barron’s epic twelve-part CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players documentary film series is completed. In this series, Bishop Barron draws viewers into the life and work of twelve Pivotal Players in the history of the Catholic Church—from great saints such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas to literary masters such as G.K. Chesterton and Flannery O’Connor—who personally demonstrated the dynamics of the Christian faith in their distinct time and place.⁠

“The Pivotal Players: 12 Heroes Who Shaped the Church and Changed the World” Book Released

“The Pivotal Players: 12 Heroes Who Shaped the Church and Changed the World” Book Released

This vibrant book based on CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players is elegantly designed with full-color images and photography, and features a new introduction from Bishop Barron and an afterword from Dr. Holly Ordway.

October

“The Creed Film” Series Filming

“The Creed” Film Series Filming

The Word on Fire Production team films The Creed, Bishop Barron’s newest film series, in which he will explore the fundamentals of the Christian faith through the Nicene Creed, a fourth-century statement of faith that has profoundly influenced both Eastern and Western spirituality, theology, and liturgy.

November

Bishop Barron Visits the United States Naval Academy

Bishop Barron Visits the United States Naval Academy

Bishop Barron speaks to midshipmen and faculty at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. His talk is also provided to chaplains at West Point, the US Air Force Academy, and all US Military Chaplains to be shared with military bases around the world and ships at sea.

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A Year in Videos

bishop barron's giving tuesday message

Carmen's testimony

Bishop Barron on the Coronavirus Quarantine

“Centered: The Spirituality of Word on Fire”

A Tour of Bishop Barron’s Personal Chapel

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