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Farewell to Pope BenedictBishop Robert Barron

One of the most consequential churchman of the last 100 years has died. Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Joseph Ratzinger) leaves a remarkable legacy in both the Church he served and in the wider society. ...

David and Goliath Bishop Robert Barron

This piece is an excerpt from the forthcoming book "The Great Story of Israel" (Word on Fire Publishing), reflecting on 1 Samuel 17. Certainly, in the biblical framework, an important dimension of ...

Entering the spiritual space of John the BaptistBishop Robert Barron

One of my favorite places on earth is the great Cathedral of Chartres, located about an hour by train south of Paris. For me, it represents the richest expression of Gothic architecture, and the Gothic ...

Mother Alfred and the need for women religious Bishop Robert Barron

My new hero is Mother Alfred Moes. I realize that she is not a household name, even among Catholics, but she should be. She came on my radar screen only after I became the bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, ...

'Dei Verbum' and the 60th anniversary of Vatican IIBishop Robert Barron

I am composing these words on Oct. 11, 2022, which is the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, easily the most momentous ecclesial event of the 20th century. I think it's ...

Four ways to grow the Church Bishop Robert Barron

Last week, I met with the deans of our diocese to discuss a number of issues, the most prominent of which was the ongoing process of merging some of our parishes and reorganizing others into clusters. ...

Queen Elizabeth II: Faithful discipleBishop Robert Barron

I was in Rome last week to give a presentation to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. Perhaps at a later date I will share some of what I taught and learned at that conference. I was supposed to go ...

Let us double the number of our seminarians! Bishop Robert Barron

It was fully my intention to have all of the Winona-Rochester seminarians stand at one point during my installation Mass homily. I had told the people that, in the words of John Paul II, "ecclesia de ...