Please note that this year's Keynote Presentation will not be recorded.  When the Life Science Building reaches capacity, the keynote will be aired to overflow in St. Robert's Hall Auditorium.


Keynote Presenter: The Most Reverend Robert Barron

The Most Reverend Robert Barron is the Episcopal Vicar of the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, one of the five pastoral regions within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  He was appointed Titular Bishop of Macriana of Mauritania and Auxiliary Bishop in 2015.  Bishop Barron received a Masters in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1982 and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

Shortly after his ordination, he served as associate pastor at St. Paul of the Cross Parish in Park Ridge, IL. Later on, he was appointed to the theological faculty of Mundelein Seminary, and has served as a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, as well as a scholar in residence at the North American Pontifical College at the Vatican.

Bishop Barron is the founder of the website,, which reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the most-followed Catholics on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 18 million times. In addition, Bishop Barron was a host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.

Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN.

Bishop Barron's pioneering work in evangelizing through the new media led Francis Cardinal George to describe him as “one of the Church's best messengers." He has keynoted many conferences and events all over the world, including the 2016 World Youth Day in Kraków, Poland and the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which marked Pope Francis' historic visit to the United States.

Bishop Barron's latest film series and study program, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players, debuted in September 2016 and has been syndicated for national television.