BISMARCK, ND — Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and one of the most-followed Catholics in the world of social media, visited the University of Mary March 30 to deliver a keynote address at the university’s inaugural Vocations Jamboree.

In his keynote, Barron discussed the origins of his new media ministries—particularly the birth of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a nonprofit global media apostolate that aims to draw people into (or back to) the Catholic faith, and the Catholicism series, a DVD documentary series that illustrates the truth, goodness and beauty of Catholicism. Barron also provided three tips on how people can most effectively share their faith (that is, evangelize) to others.

Before his keynote address, Barron was also honored with the University of Mary’s Lumen Vitae (translated from Latin: “Light of Life”) medal. The award is given to those who best exemplify the motto of the university: “Run while you have the light of life.” Particularly, those who receive the prestigious award are distinguished champions of Catholic education who have stirred the light of truth and the joy of life in Jesus Christ in others.

“In you, we feel that we’ve found someone of like mind, someone with whom we have a deep fellowship, someone whose life and priesthood and ministry have been devoted without reserve to the cause of truth,” Monsignor James P. Shea, president of the University of Mary, told Bishop Barron during the presentation of the award. “We’ve found in you the heart of a true Christian evangelist, a humble priest, a true shepherd. The University of Mary and the Church in North Dakota hold great affection for you. We cheer for you all the time and we’re so grateful to know you.”