VERY REV. ROBERT BARRON, M.A. (Phil.), S.T.D.
Most Reverend Robert Barron is Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. He served as Rector/President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary from July 1, 2012, until July 20, 2015 when he was named Titular Bishop of Macriana by His Holiness, Pope Francis.
Bishop Barron was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1986. He served as associate pastor of Saint Paul of the Cross Parish before undertaking being named to the faculty of Mundelein Seminary and beginning his post-graduate studies in France. Upon completion of his doctorate, he took up full-time teaching at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary. Father Barron has held a number of positions at Mundelein, including chairperson and professor in the Department of Systematic Theology and associate director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. He was later appointed to an endowed chair, the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake which allowed him to devote himself to media ministry in addition to teaching. Bishop Barron is the creator and host of “Catholicism”, a ten-part documentary on the Catholic faith, and he is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a media group dedicated to the new evangelization.
Bishop Barron is the author of eight books, including The Strangest Way: Walking the Christian Path, Creation as Discipleship, A Study of the DePotentia of Thomas Aquinas in Light of the Dogmatik of Paul Tillich, Thomas Aquinas: Spiritual Master, And Now I See: A Theology of Transformation, Heaven in Stone and Glass, Bridging the Great Divide, The Word on Fire: Proclaiming the Power of Christ and of the Priority of Christ: Toward a Postliberal Catholicism and the recently published Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith.
Through his higher education he received an M.A. (Philosophy) from the Catholic University of America. He then matriculated to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake where he earned the S.T.B., M.Div., and S.T.L. degrees. He did post-graduate studies at the Institut Catholique de Paris where he received the S.T.D. Subsequently, he received honorary doctorates from Lewis University and Providence College.
In addition to his work at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Bishop Barron served as visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was a scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College. He is a member of the Academy of Catholic Theology, the Catholic Theology Society of America, G.K. Chesterton Society, Paul Tillich Society.