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Archdiocese of Sydney

03/02/2012 | News release

Insights and Challenges With Fr Robert Barron

distributed by noodls on 03/02/2012 02:35

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
2 Mar 2012

Fr Barron filming his 10-part documentary series

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.

Ordained in 1986 Fr Barron is the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago.

However it was Cardinal Francis who gave him the task of "converting Chicago".

Fr Barron launched "Word on Fire Catholic Ministries", a non-profit organisation which supports his evangelistic endeavours. His programs are broadcast in the United States on television, radio and his website. He writes articles, commentaries and blogs regularly and is called upon frequently to comment on faith and church matters for the secular media.

On top of that he travels extensively filming and lecturing.

His recent 10-part documentary The Catholicism Project took him to 16 countries. Apologists to priests and parishioners have called the series the best they have seen. It features everything from the early philosophers and saints to baseball and even the slums of Calcutta. True reality TV.

On-the-road with Fr Barron

Last year Fr Barron became the first priest since Archbishop Fulton Sheen in the 1950s to have a regular, national program on a commercial television network in the US.

He has been described as providing a deep and profound excursion into spirituality, logic and the human experience and his insights on life's most challenging issues "shake you to the core".

Fr Barron's first lecture is the Harman Lecture at the John Paul 11 Institute in Melbourne at 3pm.

He will then talk to a group of young people Sunday night at Theology in the Pub at the Cardinal Know Centre followed by another talk on Monday morning and Monday night at ACU.

Then it is on to Ballarat and the ACU Aquinas Campus before heading to Sydney where on Wednesday night he will be at Guardians, St Charbel's at Punchbowl; Thursday morning at 11am thee will be a talk and screening at the ACY Strathfield Campus; Saturday a talk for priests, religious and educators also at Strathfield and on Sunday night at 8pm a talk and screening at Our Lady of Lebanon Parish Centre at Harris Park. His final Sydney talk and screening will be to teachers of the Archdiocese of Sydney before heading to Brisbane and Canberra.

While in Sydney Fr Barron will also interview Cardinal Pell for his television program in the US and Catholic Communications will interview Fr Barron for this website and our social network and also record one of his lectures.

ACU is the major sponsor for Fr Robert Barron's Australian tour. For more information visit