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Pray. Learn. Gather. 
Evangelize.

Join over 23,000 Catholics inside Bishop Barron's Word on Fire Institute.






What is the Word on Fire Institute?

Bishop Barron is on a mission to provide faithful, comprehensive, and interactive formation to every Catholic.

In just 5 short years, over 23,000 people from around the world have been trained by handpicked experts in the life of prayer, what the Church teaches, and, crucially, why those teachings are beautiful, good, and true.

The Word on Fire Institute is for you whether you are a cradle Catholic, recent convert, or even if you have no religion but are looking for more meaning and clearer answers in life.

Get access to 34+ courses, monthly live seminars, and a vibrant community today!

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A Message from Dr. Matthew Petrusek, Senior Director of the Word on Fire Institute

What is the Word on Fire Institute?

Bishop Barron is on a mission to provide faithful, comprehensive, and interactive formation to every Catholic.

In just 5 short years, over 23,000 people from around the world have been trained by handpicked experts in the life of prayer, what the Church teaches, and, crucially, why those teachings are beautiful, good, and true.

The Word on Fire Institute is for you whether you are a cradle Catholic, recent convert, or even if you have no religion but are looking for more meaning and clearer answers in life.

Get access to 34+ courses, monthly live seminars, and a vibrant community today!

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A Message from Dr. Matthew Petrusek, Senior Director of the Word on Fire Institute

Bishop Barron explains why he started the Word on Fire Institute and why now is the perfect time to join!

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Pray

Living in greater joy, peace, and freedom can only be done through a deeper encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ. Be trained in the life of prayer and participate in community groups that can help deepen your prayer life.

Learn

Bishop Barron has stated that the dumbing down of the faith has been a pastoral disaster. Learn from Bishop Barron and other handpicked experts in the comfort of your home on topics like Theology, Writing, Faith and Science, Philosophy, and the Bible.

Gather

The Institute serves as a digital base for faithful Catholics and fellow seekers of the Lord. Participate in lively and respectful debates. Learn from others and share your own experiences. Make new friends. Join a diverse community united on a shared journey to pursue beauty, truth, and goodness.

Evangelize

We've all heard Bishop's unwavering call to Proclaim Christ in the Culture. But how do we do that amidst the busyness of our lives and within an apathetic and sometimes hostile society? Become confident in your ability to be a witness to Christ and learn how to feed souls hungry for beauty, peace, and purpose in a fallen world.

 We are building a digital city of God, a community of communities, a place to be Catholic with and for others.

Find your community here.

Word on Fire Institute Communities enable our members to learn directly from leading experts in apologetics, theology, writing, critical thinking, and faithful discipleship; sharpen their understanding of the truths of Catholicism by watching live presentations and participating in active conversations; and personally engage with fellow truth-seekers who are united by an abiding love for the Lord and a willingness to heed his command to evangelize the world.

Writing Community 

This community is intended to help you hone the craft of writing in a myriad of genres and also to engage in a meaningful way with other writers through constructive feedback. Led by Dr. Holly Ordway, the Cardinal Francis George Professor of Faith and Culture for the Word on Fire Institute.

Book Club

This community reads and discusses great works of literature and teaches members to critically engage with the written word in order to foster a love of learning. Led by Haley Stewart, Editor of Word on Fire’s children’s imprint.

Homeschool Parent Formation

This community offers formation, support, and resources for families interested in or already engaged in homeschooling. Led by Vanessa Lopez, a veteran homeschooling mother who holds a master’s degree in English and a master’s degree in biblical studies and theology.

Word on Fire UK

This community serves as a platform for UK members of the Word on Fire Institute to engage with one another in order to learn the faith and to meet for development, discussion, and discipleship. Led by Brenden Thompson, Word on Fire UK Program Director.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This community offers the Catholic approach to disability: recognizing the inherent dignity of each human person. Members will experience support and education as they advocate together for greater respect for human dignity. Led by Mark Bradford, Fellow for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities at the Word on Fire Institute.

Spanish Community

This community provides a place online to deepen in the Catholic faith for Spanish-speakers from all over the world. Led by Fr. Ignacio Amorós Rodríguez-Fraile, a priest of the diocese of Maldonado-Punta del Este-Minas (Uruguay), rector of the Divine Mercy Shrine of Maldonado-Punta del Este, and university professor.

Theology for Evangelists

This community seeks to provide its members with foundational theological knowledge for the sake of expanding their evangelical tool boxes. Led by Dr. Richard DeClue, SThD, Professor of Theology for Word on Fire.


Course Community

This community offers its members a weekly walk-through lesson-by-lesson of all the newest Course Content coming out of the Institute. It’s a vibrant place to continue learning together. Led by Rachel Bulman, author, writer, speaker, and mother of six based out of Florida.

Faith & Science

One of the top reasons people leave the Church is the false notion that faith and science are at odds. It’s time to put that myth to rest once and for all. Learn how faith and science not only do not conflict with each other but, in fact, are mutually complementary and illuminating.




6 COURSES

Justice & Virtue

What does it mean to be a good person and to treat others justly? Secular culture fails to provide an adequate answer to these questions–with disastrous consequences for social stability and individual happiness. Learn how the Church not only cares about justice, including social justice, and good character, but also provides a better moral and political alternative to the reigning ideologies of our day.

3 COURSES

Popular Culture

Popular culture is important to the Church precisely because it’s where the people are, especially the young. Learn how to identify and make good use of the “seeds of the Word” in entertainment, politics, and even stand-up comedy to evangelize the culture.





3 COURSES

Prayer &
Sanctification

There is no greater evangelical power in the world than the saints, those who embody the Good News in their very lives–and all of us are called to become saints. Learn how to deepen your prayer life and conform yourself, by the grace of God, ever more perfectly to Christ's will.

3 COURSES

The largest Catholic
Community online.

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Ten course tracks to deepen your faith and sharpen your mind.

What you'll be receiving today, plus what you'll continue to receive each month, are time-tested principles to live your life by and to share with others; principles grounded in the beautiful, the good, and the true–principles Bishop Barron wants to share with all Catholics and people of good will. Over 34+ courses from handpicked experts are organized into 10 tracks. Start where you want and learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home or on the go with our free downloadable app.

Foundations:
Where to Begin

You will lay a solid foundation with the eight principles of Word on Fire and learn how to apply them to your daily life. Then journey through the fundamentals of Catholicism–all with the goal of becoming a better evangelist.




3 COURSES

Philosophy &
Apologetics

The days of comfortable Catholicism are over. We need a new intellectual seriousness to reach the hearts and minds inhabiting secular culture. Philosophy is essential to making a robust defense of the faith and explaining why it is true, good, and beautiful. Equip yourself with the best answers to the toughest questions.

6 COURSES

The Arts

One of Word on Fire's founding principles is to “lead with beauty.” A jaded culture frequently balks at “truth claims” and is highly skeptical of “morality.” Beauty, however, retains the power to break through the cynicism, leading, eventually, to the true and the good. Learn how the Church’s expansive repository of art, literature, music, architecture, and more can still stir the secular soul.

3 COURSES

Practical
Evangelization

Being an effective evangelist requires having a full toolbox to engage a diverse and multifaceted secular culture. Learn practical tips to adapt your evangelical strategy to different audiences, including the indifferent, the open-minded, and those who claim to have no religion.


7 COURSES

Theology

Theology is the study of God and his work in the world. The more we understand God and his purposes in and through his Church, the better we can love and serve him. Learn the full richness of the Church's teaching and practices, including the Mass, the Sacraments, the Creed, and much more.


9 COURSES

Biblical Studies

The Bible seems incomprehensibly mysterious and confusing to many people. For example, should we read it literally? Is it, as some critics claim, irrational, immoral, and anti-science? This track will give you the tools you need to understand the meaning of the Old and New Testaments and how the Bible, rightly interpreted, can be the Church's greatest evangelical tool.

5 COURSES

Faith & Science

One of the top reasons people leave the Church is the false notion that faith and science are at odds. It’s time to put that myth to rest once and for all. Learn how faith and science not only do not conflict with each other but, in fact, are mutually complementary and illuminating.




6 COURSES

Justice & Virtue

What does it mean to be a good person and to treat others justly? Secular culture fails to provide an adequate answer to these questions–with disastrous consequences for social stability and individual happiness. Learn how the Church not only cares about justice, including social justice, and good character, but also provides a better moral and political alternative to the reigning ideologies of our day.

3 COURSES

Popular Culture

Popular culture is important to the Church precisely because it’s where the people are, especially the young. Learn how to identify and make good use of the “seeds of the Word” in entertainment, politics, and even stand-up comedy to evangelize the culture.





3 COURSES

Prayer &
Sanctification

There is no greater evangelical power in the world than the saints, those who embody the Good News in their very lives–and all of us are called to become saints. Learn how to deepen your prayer life and conform yourself, by the grace of God, ever more perfectly to Christ's will.

3 COURSES

“It has fostered a hunger in me to know God more deeply and to love Him more profoundly.”

AGGIE

Pray

“My faith has deepened and allowed me to share the beauty of our Church in ways I never expected.” 

–DANIEL

Learn

“The courses are one of my favorite resources at the Institute. Some people listen to television or the radio while working around home. I listen to Word on Fire courses.”

–MARSHA

Gather

“I have journeyed alongside fellow sinners striving to be saints who encourage, challenge, and teach by word and example how to love God, love others, and go forth to share the Good News.”

–THERESA

Evangelize

“I particularly work with children, and I find I can express much more skillfully theological concepts to them in ways that are true to the faith but accessible.”

–ANDREA

Pray

“My faith has deepened and allowed me to share the beauty of our Church in ways I never expected.” 

DANIEL

Learn

“The courses are one of my favorite resources at the Institute. Some people listen to television or the radio while working around home. I listen to Word on Fire courses.”

MARSHA

Gather

“I have journeyed alongside fellow sinners striving to be saints who encourage, challenge, and teach by word and example how to love God, love others, and go forth to share the Good News.”

THERESA

Evangelize

“I particularly work with children, and I find I can express much more skillfully theological concepts to them in ways that are true to the faith but accessible.”

ANDREA

Get a physical copy of Evangelization & Culture four times a year.

Bishop Barron has set out to create a beautiful and intellectually stimulating quarterly journal that gives Catholics and seekers alike a smart and practical reflection of the Word on Fire ethos. This award-winning publication covers topics such as creativity, economics, cinema, Scripture, humor, freedom, the Eucharist, joy, and much more. We'll send you the latest edition when you sign up today, and you'll also get online access to all 18+ past issues!

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Word on Fire Digital

You will also get access to ALL of Bishop Barron's past films along with downloadable and printable PDF study materials which are perfect for in-person small group studies!

Word on Fire Digital

You will also get access to ALL of Bishop Barron's past films along with downloadable and printable PDF study materials which are perfect for in-person small group studies!

“One of the best things I've done is become a member of the Word on Fire Institute which has enriched my life in every way.”

BETTY

“I was an under-catechized ‘none’ who rediscovered faith through the Word on Fire podcast and books. Once I realized how little I had learned growing up, I wanted to go deeper to understand my faith and the Church. Since joining the Word on Fire Institute, I have grown in leaps and bounds. . The Word on Fire Institute has quality content for education in the faith, which is exactly what I was seeking.”

PETER

“If you want to grow and share your faith and join a vibrant community, the Word on Fire Institute is a perfect fit.”

KELLY

What You Get Today

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$27 / month 30-Day FREE Trial

Cancel anytime. No contracts.
Your card will not be charged until after the 30-day trial.
You can keep the Evangelization & Culture journal even if you cancel.

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FAQs

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The Word on Fire Institute is FOR YOU if you are a cradle Catholic, recent convert, college-aged Catholic, young-mom-or-dad-with-a-busy-schedule Catholic . . . or if you LOVE Jesus and are seeking to commit to him in a deeper way. All those from other or no faith traditions who are looking for deeper meaning and clearer answers are also welcome.

Bishop Barron has said, “We are in unprecedented times and are in great need of a surge of holy men and women who can proclaim Christ as Lord within the culture.”

He wants to transform the culture, starting right now. But this can only begin with personal formation of yourself. The Word on Fire Institute provides the tools you need to have a devoted prayer life and understand the faith in an accessible way that is rooted in the tradition. Using these tools, you will have the confidence to be a witness to your faith in your everyday life. Being an evangelist isn’t necessarily being a missionary off in a foreign land. To be an evangelist is simply to be a Christian, and living a Christian life.

Yes! Bishop Barron has set out to create the most beautiful and intellectually stimulating publication to give Catholics and seekers alike a smart and practical journal that is reflective of the Word on Fire ethos.

Leading with Beauty is one of the founding principles of Word on Fire. In a world that balks at objective truth and inherent goodness, the beautiful can act as a non-judgmental playing field in which we can begin a discussion.

That is why we have created Evangelization & Culture, the Journal of the Word on Fire Institute.

Each issue includes over 100 pages, with articles from a wide range of people, including articles from Bishop Barron, interviews with current Word on Fire Institute members, and content from some of the greatest minds today.

This journal is gorgeously designed with full-color imagery throughout. The perfect magazine-like book to keep on your coffee table to share with guests!

No worries! About 15% of the Institute is outside the USA . . . and that number is quickly growing!

And the best part is, no additional shipping costs are required! You still get Evangelization & Culture shipped to you for free when you sign up today.

This is highly unlikely. With that said, if our communities, courses, videos, and print journal are not for you, then you can cancel anytime. Even if you cancel your subscription, you can keep your copy of Evangelization & Culture.

When you sign up today, you will get immediate access to over 34 courses organized into 10 course tracks, appropriate formation for anyone, no matter where you are in your journey. You will also get access to the monthly live seminars with Q&As on pressing topics in the culture. We will send you a physical copy of Evangelization & Culture 4 times every year and you will have digital access to all past issues.

You can start connecting with 23,000+ others in the brand-new interactive online communities. Watch all of Bishop Barron's feature-length films and study programs. Access all the above on your computer or the iOS and Android Apps.

To celebrate the 5-year anniversary of the Word on Fire Institute, you will get a 30 day FREE trial to all the above. As soon as your 30 days are up, your subscription will auto-renew each month at $27/month. Your membership goes directly back to support initiatives at Word on Fire.

Yes. For sure! We’ve received countless stories of people who have come into the faith from all of the free Word on Fire content from Bishop Barron online. And that’s part of our strategy! To proclaim Christ in the Culture is to create things that are good, true, and beautiful.

However, Bishop Barron wants to continue to form others in the Word on Fire ethos and the 8 Principles of the Word on Fire movement. The Word on Fire Institute kicks it up a notch, and Bishop Barron is seeking Catholics who want more direct formation so as to live out their faith in a serious way.

Simply email help@wordonfire.institute or call us at 866-928-1237 and we'll be happy to help.

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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.
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Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit ministry.