Word On Fire
We are BIG fans of Fr. Barron and his wonderful teaching ministry with Word On Fire with his books, blog, YouTube videos, DVDs, and his supportive team providing the best teaching and support for parishes and faithful around the globe. Fr. Barron’s website has gone through a complete makeover to make the content more accessible and searchable. Congratulations especially goes to Brandon Vogt who is the Content Director at Word On Fire Catholic Ministries.
The new website has so many exciting features, including the ability to browse and search all of Fr. Barron’s content–thousands of videos, articles, and homilies–by topic, Bible verse, or paragraph from the Catechism. The website is now also mobile-friendly, so through responsive design, it works well on any smartphone or tablet.
Watch this well-produced video trailer by Spirit Juice Studios:
Following is the Official Press Release from Word On Fire about the detail in the remaking of the website:
CHICAGO August 19, 2014 – When Father Robert Barron founded Word on Fire
Catholic Ministries in 2000 and launched WordOnFire.org, the goal was simple: to
share his homilies online.
“I liked the idea of sending my homilies to a wider audience, all over the world. The
new media provided a means to make that possible in a way that evangelists
throughout history would have given their right arms for. But I had no idea how
quickly this ministry would grow.”
Over the next several years, Father Barron added YouTube commentaries, weekly
articles, and daily blog posts. Soon, WordOnFire.org became one of the most popular
Catholic websites in the world, drawing over 1.3 million unique visitors per year.
“We knew our website was helping people. But we also knew the Internet was
evolving. Mobile devices were on the rise and new trends in web design pushed us
forward. We decided it was time to revamp our website and create something new and
Working with AM Design, an award-winning development studio based in Texas, the
Word on Fire team spent a year researching and planning. Together they produced a
beautiful and elegant website loaded with custom features. For example, the
homepage features a full screen video background, which randomly rotates on each
visit, displaying clips from Father Barron’s CATHOLICISM series. The team also
improved the site’s navigation.
“I’m particularly excited about the tagging,” explains Father Barron, “On the old
website, it was hard to find what you needed. So we spent hundreds of hours
reviewing all my past content, carefully tagging each resource. Now, you can look up
a favorite topic, a verse in the Bible, a paragraph in the Catechism, or a week in the
liturgical calendar and find all the content I’ve ever produced on it. This is a real
game-changer for the Church. There’s nothing like it in the Catholic online world.”
These new features will prove extremely helpful to priests and seminarians as they
prepare their homilies, and they’ll equip ordinary Catholics to grow and spread their
“The new WordOnFire.org is mobile responsive,” Father Barron explains in the video.
“Roughly 50% of visitors access our website on a phone or tablet. But on the old site,
mobile users had a really hard time. They had to pinch and zoom and scroll, just to
read the text. The new site dynamically resizes based on your device. That means it
looks great on any computer, phone, or tablet.”
Father Barron is quick to note, however, that the upgraded website is not just about
improved technology. It serves a far more important function.
“The Church exists to evangelize,” says Father Barron, “and that’s ultimately why our
website exists. We revamped our website to serve as a better vehicle for drawing
people to Christ, especially those on the religious peripheries, many of whom are
online, giving them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants them to enjoy.”
Fr. Robert Barron
Fr. Robert Barron is an acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian, Father
Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a global, non-profit
media group. He is also Rector of Mundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of
the Lake near Chicago.
Father Barron is perhaps best known for creating and hosting the CATHOLICISM film
series, an epic ten-part documentary on the life and teachings of the Catholic Church.
The series was broadcast nationally on PBS and has been seen by millions worldwide.
Ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986, Fr. Barron has also
published numerous books, essays, and DVD programs. He is a frequent commentator
on faith and culture for NBC, FOX News, The Chicago Tribune, 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, archbishop of Chicago, has
called Father Barron “one of the Church’s best messengers.”
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries
(http://www.WordOnFire.org), Father Barron’s media evangelization ministry based
in Skokie, Illinois, reaches millions of people through its films, study programs, and
online work. With over 400,000 social media subscribers and an extensive collection
of over 3,000 free digital resources, Word on Fire is on the vanguard of Catholic new