WASHINGTON, D.C. – Catholic priests serving at United States Military installations around the world, aboard U.S. Navy warships, and in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers, have begun receiving complimentary copies of Bishop Robert Barron’s new faith study program,The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters. The program kits, each consisting of a six-lesson DVD, a Leader’s Guide, and a “Pocket Guide to Answering Atheists,” are intended to support small group faith study in military settings.
Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a Chicago area-based, nonprofit global media apostolate, and the host ofCATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about theCatholic Faith. An auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he is a bestselling Amazon author, having published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life, and he has appeared on various media channels including NBC, PBS, FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. Bishop Barron’s pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media ledFrancis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church’s best messengers.”
In The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters, Bishop Barron reaches into the Catholic Church’s rich intellectual tradition to teach the faithful how to respond to non-believers. Using the insights of St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Pope Benedict XVI, among others, he uncovers a clear, yet sophisticated understanding of what we mean by “God,” addressing questions such as, “Who is God?” and “Why does He matter?” Student viewers will not only learn to find the answers for themselves, but they’ll discover how to share what they learn with others—especially those who no longer believe.
Word on Fire recently donated a total of 500 catechetical leadership kits for The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS), the only Catholic jurisdiction responsible for endorsing and granting facultiesfor priests to serve as chaplains in the U.S. Military and VA Medical Centers. Shipments began reaching the chaplains last month. One of those to receive the kit is Father Joseph Coffey, CH, CDR, USN, command chaplain aboard the Nimitz class aircraft supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). “I look forward to sharing it with some Reagan sailors,” Father Coffey said. “I shared theCATHOLICISM series with a small group of them. It was excellent. Bishop Barron is our Fulton Sheen.”
The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters is the third of Bishop Barron’s faith education programs for which Word on Firehas donated leadership kits to the AMS. In years past, the media apostolate has made similar donations for Bishop Barron’sCATHOLICISM and Priest, Prophet, King programs.
Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, expressed appreciation to Word on Fire Ministries for the large donation of kits. Dr. Moitoza said: “Once again, Word on Fire Ministries has made a significant donation to support adult faith formation throughout the archdiocese. This study guide offers opportunities for prayer and spiritual enrichment that equips those on active duty to not only learn more about the Catholic faith but it also encourages them to their live that faith in daily mission of serving others too.”
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, commented: “I am deeply grateful to Bishop Barron and Word on Fire Ministries for this third generous gift. These digital programs are ideal for the global community of faith that I am privileged to serve. I know that chaplains everywhere will make excellent use of this superb resource.”
Service personnel or their families interested in viewing The Mystery of God: Who God Is and Why He Matters may contact their Catholic chaplain for more information.