The Diocese of Richmond is very privileged to have a new lecture series that is bringing the best Catholic speakers and theologians to Virginia. The Bishop Keane Institute is a ministry of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church which takes its name and animating spirit from the fifth bishop of Richmond and the founding rector of Catholic University, John J. Keane (1839 – 1918). Immaculate Conception Catholic Church use to offer a similar speaking series and is proud to sponsor this new series with the help of generous private donations.
I was very honored to attend the lecture from Bishop-elect Robert Barron in Hampton Virginia at Bethel Church. Bishop-elect Barron has been offering some of the best Catholic media through his YouTube videos, DVDs, blog, and books. The only Catholic getting more traffic on the internet currently is Pope Francis, as Fr. Barron has built one of the finest media groups producing materials for catechesis and evangelization that are now used by Catholic parishes, schools, and universities across the globe. 1,800 people came to this sell-out event and one lady sitting next to me commented that all the excitement from the crowd felt like a rock concert, and it was nice to see so many people assembled who are on fire for the faith. Bishop-elect gave an inspiring lecture on the 7 Qualities of Evangelization.
Fr. Barron’s 7 Qualities of Evangelization
- Lead with the Beautiful (Beautiful leads to the Good, which leads to the Truth)
- Don’t Dumb Down the Message
- Preach with Ardor
- Tell the Great Story
- St. Irenaeus and the Doctrine of God
- Stress the Augustinian Anthropology
- Use New Media
Fr. Barron gave a very similar speech about the 7 Qualities of Evangelization to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in 2014:
If you live in Virginia, you should take advantage of attending this inspiring new lecture series. Here is a graphic of the remaining two lectures in 2015, and the Bishop Keane Institute is already planning for speakers in 2016 and 2017.
I wish Bishop-elect Robert Barron well on his new assignment with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, who will be serving 1 million Catholics in his assigned area of the largest diocese in America. I am also very pleased to report that Bishop-elect Barron will continue to work with Word On Fire and look forward to two upcoming DVD series that you should check out!