Fr. Barron's New Word On Fire Website Is A "Game-Changer"

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Editor’s note: Today, we’re sending prayers and wishes of congratulations to Father Robert Barron and all of our friends on the Word On Fire team as they launch their fabulous new WordOnFire.org website. Lisa

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Catholic Media Ministry Launches Unprecedented Website

Father Robert Barron describes revamped WordOnFire.org as “a real game-changer” for the Church

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 innovative.”

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 faith.

A video trailer for the website (http://youtu.be/luI0fvEjZ5s), produced by Spirit Juice Studios, highlights other exciting features.

“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.”

For interview or media requests, please contact Nanette Noffsinger via email ([email protected]) or phone (615-776-4230.)

View the video trailer for the website here: http://youtu.be/luI0fvEjZ5s

About Fr. Robert Barron: 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.”

About Word On Fire: 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 media.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

1 Comment

  1. You are the tree and cardinal bishops are trunk and we are branches.Then why we lay people rights are not considered by Mumbai church
    Govt gives receipt for every penny paid the Holy Fathern why Church do not give receipt for contribution to Mass,Donation Certificate issued etc
    From last several years I am fighting for transparency in Funds collected by Church .Mumbai Church is full of news about land selling to builders,demanding donations,Not giving records of fund collected
    Why Holy Father instead of giving instruction does not come heavily on those who go against Church teachings.Why we are tutored like child that God is merciful and we can go on sinning The first trunk part that will crack is Mumbai archdiocese.
    My Church Nativity of Lord kandivali east Mumbai collects building fund of rs two lacks from public every month .The priest refuses to give balance sheet showing where cores from last seven years or more kept .We want to know which banks hold this money .We want expenditure /income details from start of fund.This father has completed five years then why he is not transferred .Should I believe their are God Father?Our Church is closed full day on Monday ,No mass.Why one assistant not given to this church as we have seven hundred families.
    We take morcha,candle light ,pray ,posters ,pilgrim walh then why not one soul speaks when priest go wrong
    The contribution to fund is voluntary but they have made compulsory by closing nose saying no minority/baptism /marriage certificate be given unless latest receipt of contribution to fund is shown
    Holy father has to act against Arch bishop as my letters fall on deaf ear
    Father This same priest shouts against corruption of Govt but what he is doing by hiding facts.We can preach many good but can we be hypocrit
    WE can arrange yearly picnic yearly party and what not then why not annual general body meeting to discuss accounts and other agenda
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