Rev. Robert Barron  is an author, speaker and theologian. He is also the rector and president of Mundelein Seminary, University of St. Mary of the Lake, and the founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire , which reaches millions of people by utilizing the tools of new media to draw people into or back to the Catholic Faith.
Father Barron is the creator and host of Catholicism, a groundbreaking, award winning documentary series about the Catholic Faith. The series has aired across the country on PBS and EWTN, and has been seen and broadcast in parishes, universities, schools and media outlets throughout the world. The documentary received a Christopher Award for excellence. Father Barron and Word on Fire will be releasing a highly anticipated new documentary Catholicism: The New Evangelization in 2013.
Father Barron currently serves as the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary University of St. Mary of the Lake. He was appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary in 1992, and has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas. He was twice scholar in residence at the Pontifical North American College at the Vatican.
Lectures take place in St. Joseph Commons and are open to the public, free of charge. Part of the St. Vincent de Paul Lecture and Concert Series , endowed by Barbara and Paul Henkels.