May 10, 2012:
PRESS RELEASE: Father Robert Barron Appointed Rector of Mundelein Seminary today by the Archbishop of Chicago
The popular Word on Fire priest will also continue his work with the media group
The Archbishop of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, announced today Father Robert Barron has been appointed Rector-President of Mundelein Seminary/University of St. Mary of the Lake. Father Barron will assume this role in July at the seminary located outside Chicago.
"As a priest of Jesus Christ I accept this responsibility with joy," said Father Barron. "The appointment brings together many of the elements that have long been of great importance to me, namely, the priesthood, theological scholarship, pastoral care and evangelization."
Barron is currently the Director of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a media group he founded to advance the new evangelization. He will continue in this role and its mission, along with his new appointment at Mundelein. Last year, Word on Fire released a 10-part documentary series, Catholicism, which Father Barron created, wrote and hosted. The series aired across the country on PBS and EWTN, and has been seen in parishes, universities and schools throughout the world. The documentary also won a Christopher Award for excellence...
Earlier this year we had the wonderful pleasure of welcoming Francis Cardinal George to our Word on Fire offices. His Eminence graciously celebrated Mass for the staff and stayed for a delightful lunch (it was his birthday). Enjoy a short video compiling some highlights of the Mass.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has gathered for its Fall General Assembly this week. Yesterday, USCCB President Cardinal Francis George, OMI, spoke to the Bishops regarding a recent letter he sent to President Obama, urging him to take measures to protect the persecuted Iraqi Christians.
Al Kresta from Ave Maria Radio's, "Kresta in the Afternoon," spoke about the Cardinal's speech
to his fellow Bishops at the Fall Assembly. In addition, here is the complete text of the letter
that Cardinal George sent to President Obama.
FInally, yesterday we urged you to visit this site
and to participate in this letter-writing campaign for the families and surviving victims of the brutal atrocity carried out against Christians in Iraq. Today is the last day to write a letter.
Please participate in this effort, uniting with fellow Christians to express our solidarity, our support, and most importantly, our prayers.
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