By Adi Indra, Kairos Catholic Journal
IN 2000, Fr Robert Barron, a priest
renowned for his zeal in the New Evangelisation, founded the website, ‘Word On
Fire’ Catholic Ministries. The website quickly grew to be one of the most used Catholic resources online.
It was reviewed
Catholic Journal in 2012 (Vol. 23, Issue 4).
After a year of
research, planning and design, this year Word On Fire ministry embarked on ‘a
whole new level’ of online experience, launching the new WordOnFire.org.
Once we log on, we are welcomed with a
series of beautiful images and a much cleaner layout. This is done not only for
quicker and better access to information, but also to display the sense of
beauty in Catholicism that leads to the goodness and truth of our faith—a key
evangelising principle for Fr Barron.
WordOnFire.org is trying to answer the
demand of growing technology in new media. One of many exciting features is a
mobile-friendly layout. The dynamic layout has been applied so it will
automatically adapt size for optimal viewing on computer screens, tablets and
mobile devices. Additionally, social media and content-sharing features have
been integrated to enhance user experience.
Another new feature is content tagging.
Fr Barron refers to this as a ‘game changer’. The Word On Fire team worked
behind the scenes to review their content and put in appropriate tags, so that
users can now find information more quickly and accurately.
The team hopes
that its new website will help all Catholics to the faith, and equip us to
evangelise as their motto exhorts: ‘proclaiming Christ in the culture’.