The fall television season has arrived, with the networks promoting their new dramas and comedies in hopes of scoring the next big hit. But it’s another sort of TV premiere that has captured our interest.
OSV columnist Father Robert Barron, a professor at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois and founder of Word on Fire ministry, will debut a national television program on Oct. 3. “The Word on Fire with Father Barron” will air Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time on WGN America.
“The faith of the Church is our strength,” Father Barron said in a media release. “Our program will strive to show viewers the richness of the Catholic faith and how it is a treasure to be shared now and with future generations. The faith imbues our life with meaning and imparts to all a renewed sense of purpose.”
The series will not be Father Barron’s first time in front of the camera, of course. He’s been working for years on a 10-part series called “The Catholicism Project” that has taken him around the world to capture the rich heritage of the Faith. But in premiering the new series on a commercial network, he is following in the footsteps of the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who touched so many hearts on his 1950s Emmy-award winning series “Life is Worth Living.”
This prompted at least one blogger to ask if Father Barron is the next Fulton Sheen, but we suspect Father Barron has the knowledge, wisdom and charisma to make his own, unique mark on the medium.