Bishop Barron to deliver commencement at Thomas Aquinas College

Bishop Barron gives a lecture at Thomas Aquinas College in 2013 (image from YouTube screenshot)

The Most. Rev. Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and founder of Word on Fire Ministries, has accepted President Michael F. McLean’s invitation to serve as Thomas Aquinas College’s 2019 commencement speaker. During the graduation ceremony, Bishop Barron will be awarded the school’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.

“We are grateful that Bishop Barron, who has been a faithful friend and champion of the college since becoming our regional bishop in 2015, has agreed to join us for our 45th commencement exercises,” says Dr. McLean. “We are honored that he will be part of this important day in the life of the college and for the members of the class of 2019.”

As the Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, Bishop Barron is responsible for overseeing the portion of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles that includes the college’s California campus. In the past few years, he has visited the campus several times, notably serving as the 2016 convocation day speaker.

“It is always a joy to come here,” he said during that visit, calling Thomas Aquinas College “one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the country and the pride and joy of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region.”

Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, which has produced hundreds of YouTube videos, garnering some 35 million views worldwide. Second only to Pope Francis in terms of followers, the Wall Street Journal has dubbed Bishop Barron “The Bishop of Catholic Social Media.” 

At commencement, His Excellency will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at the baccalaureate Mass beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, and then deliver the commencement address at the graduation ceremony, which will take place on the academic quadrangle at 11:00 a.m.

From Thomas Aquinas College press release.

Comments

  1. Sad.

  2. St. Christopher says

    Strange choice. Bishop Barron has said, recently, that all men have a reasonable hope of being saved (when, historically, Catholic theologians have despaired that many, perhaps the majority of us, are likely doomed to Hell). I guess this means that our Blessed Mother’s warning to the kids at Fatima, who showed them a picture of hell along with the fact that “many” would be lost was really just make believe. And, what about Bishop Barron’s promise to Ben Shapiro that he could be saved, as an Orthodox Jew, is just peachy. Didn’t Christ come to Earth to warn of just the opposite thing?

    • Anonymous says

      So true. Bishop Baron is a chief mouthpiece of the church of nice, where truth takes a back seat to being nice and inoffensive.

  3. I am certain that Bishop Barron is knowledgeable of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church!

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