The following comes from a November 19 Ventura County Star article by Tom Kisken:
Bishop Robert Barron’s tweets flutter to 81,400 followers.
His Facebook posts zip to more than 682,480 people.
More than 14 million people have clicked into at least one of his YouTube videos.
On Saturday, the bishop hand-picked by Pope Francis will be installed as episcopal vicar, cementing the role he has already started overseeing 37 parishes and more than 1 million Catholics in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The Mass at Mission San Buenaventura will also be used to celebrate the September canonization of Junípero Serra, who founded nine California missions.
Much of his visibility stems from Word on Fire, his online ministry of videos, study programs and blogged essays. Four years ago, Barron and Word on Fire released a 10-part DVD series, “Catholicism,” exploring tenets of the faith in 50 locations in 15 countries.
There has been speculation Barron was assigned to a smaller piece of Archbishop José Gomez’s 288-parish archdiocese with the idea it would enable him to continue Word on Fire.
“Absolutely, I want him to continue his ministry because I think it’s very effective,” Gomez said in a phone interview, asserting the Santa Barbara and Ventura region will benefit from the bishop’s energy.
Meeks said Barron’s assignment makes sense because of the growing focus on digital media in the archdiocese.
“The goal is really to change the way the global church communicates, starting in Los Angeles,” he said.
Last position: Rector of University of Saint Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, outside Chicago
On Twitter: @BishopBarron
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/BishopRobertBarron/
On YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/wordonfirevideo
Serra Mass: Barron will be installed as episcopal vicar during a Mass celebratingSaint Junípero
Serra, 6:40 p.m. Saturday, Mission San Buenaventura, 211 E. Main St., Ventura. Seating in the mission sanctuary is filled. Overflow seating will be available in the adjacent O’Brien Hall. For information, call 643-4318 or go to www.sanbuenaventuramission.org.
We Catholics are so very blessed in Ventura County, and now to have this amazing human being caring for the flock here and in our sister county of Santa Barbara . . .
See, I told you there was a God!
Beware – – Robert Barron contradicts the words of Jesus in Sacred Scripture.
Jesus said “Many” will NOT be saved; “few” will be saved. – Mt &;13-14, and
In his teaching video “Fr. Robert Barron on Whether Hell is Crowded or Empty”
Barron states: “we may reasonably hope that ALL people will be saved”.
This is heresy.
I believe GOD/JESUS, not Barron.
I agree with you, “beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing”!
You sound kinda’ foolish, Bill. It is in fact, NOT heresy (except apparently according to “Magisterial Bill”) that we HOPE that all people are saved. Just like you HOPE that you yourself are saved.
Unless, Bill, you are your own authority. Are you?
Bishop Barron is correct, and is thinking with the Church.
Fear of the loss of respect of men should never trump God’s words. Contrast the words, “we can reasonably hope that ALL men are saved” to the reality of God’s revealed words and the words of this magnificent example of the kind of apostle who is so very much needed in our times.
A Very Special Patron: Saint Anthony Mary Claret
Great Among the Greatest Apostles -Saint Anthony Mary Claret
“I am driven,” Antonio Claret wrote in his autobiography, “to preach without ceasing by the sight of the throngs of souls who are falling into hell. . . . Woe is me if I do not, for they could hold me responsible for their damnation!”