Bishop Barron visits Peoria to film segment on Archbishop Sheen for series

Bishop Robert Barron speaks in front of the sanctuary of St. Mary's Cathedral in Peoria on July 21 while filming a segment on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen for his series "Catholicism: the Pivotal Players." (Provided photo/Word on Fire Catholic Ministries)

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, and a technical crew visited Peoria on July 21 to film footage for a segment on Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen that will be included in his new documentary series “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players.”

Bishop Barron also filmed at the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. (Provided photo/Word on Fire Catholic Ministries)

Bishop Barron, founder of the media ministry Word on Fire, visited both St. Mary’s Cathedral — where Archbishop Sheen served Mass and was ordained to the priesthood — and the Sheen Museum at the Spalding Pastoral Center.

He describes his visit in two brief “Behind the Scenes” videos found online at pivotalplayersfilming.com/fulton-sheen. The videos include aerial footage filmed via a drone that flew both outside and inside the cathedral, which Bishop Barron described as “magnificent” and “a very important place for Fulton Sheen.”

Archbishop Sheen — the famed orator, author, and media pioneer who was born in El Paso and whose sainthood cause is being promoted by the Diocese of Peoria — is one of a dozen influential Catholics profiled by Bishop Barron in “The Pivotal Players.” The first volume of the series, already released, features St. Francis of Assisi, St. Thomas Aquinas, Blessed John Henry Newman, St. Catherine of Siena, G.K. Chesterton, and Michelangelo.

Archbishop Sheen is part of a soon-to-be released second volume that also profiles St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Ignatius, Bartolome de las Casas, and Flannery O’Connor.

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