Brandon Vogt

My New Dream Job!

Standing with three of my heroes, two of whom will now double as bosses. From left-to-right: Fr. Steve Grunow, Ven. Fulton Sheen (in frame), and Fr. Robert Barron.

Standing with three of my heroes, two of whom will now double as bosses. From left-to-right: Fr. Steve Grunow, Ven. Fulton Sheen (behind in frame), and Fr. Robert Barron.

For the last five years, I’ve worked for a wonderful mechanical engineering company here in Central Florida. It’s the best job I’ve ever had. The work is engaging and challenging, I count all the people I work with as close friends, and of course it pays pretty well.

But over the years, as I’ve devoted more time and energy to blogging, writing books, and speaking around the country, I’ve constantly had friends ask, “When are you going to this work full-time?” My usual response was, “Well, I really like my current job. I can’t see myself leaving unless something crazy happened, like if Fr. Robert Barron, my great hero, said, ‘I want you to come work for me.'”

Me and Fr. Robert Barron

Me and Fr. Robert Barron

Well, about a month ago that fantasy became real. I received a call from Fr. Steve Grunow, CEO of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. We had just spent the weekend in New York together with Fr. Barron, debuting our new film and study program, CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization. We took separate cars back to the airport, and on the way, in their car, Fr. Barron turned to Fr. Steve and said: “I want Brandon Vogt to come work for me.”

So the gears began turning, and within a couple days, Word on Fire soon offered me a job. Kathleen and I spent several weeks praying about the decision. We knew it would be tough to leave my stable engineering job, which I enjoy, but this would also be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to follow my passions and work a dream job with people I deeply admire.

So this weekend, I flew up to Chicago to speak with Fr. Barron and Fr. Steve. We hammered out the details, and the result is that I’m the newest (and most excited) employee at Word on Fire.

For friends and family unfamiliar with Fr. Robert Barron, here’s a sampling of his work (you can find more at


I don’t officially begin the new job until Monday, November 4, but my mind is already racing with new projects, initiatives, and ideas. Per the job description, here are some of the things I’ll be focusing on as Content Director:

  • Obtain, organize, and manage Father Barron’s Word On Fire content.
  • Develop a comprehensive schedule for digital publishing and distribution.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with digital and print publishers who feature Father Barron’s Word On Fire content.
  • Research and develop new content and products, particularly new and innovative study programs that utilize print as well as digital platforms and new media.
  • Research and develop the existing Word On Fire blog.
  • Manage and maintain under the aegis of a Word on Fire partnership.

We already have several other big projects in the works, too.

Overall, I couldn’t be more thrilled. You simply can’t match the tremendous honor of having your great hero seek you out, invite you to work with him, and spend your days doing things you love. Also, I’ll be able to work remotely from Orlando which means we don’t have to leave family and friends.

Taking this new path, and giving up a nice job, undoubtedly brings uncertainty. But then again, so do all great adventures. And that’s precisely what makes them worth taking.

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door. You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

— Bilbo Baggins, Lord of the Rings



Below you’ll find the press release Word on Fire posted this morning:

Father Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries hires Brandon Vogt as Content Director

The popular blogger will lead the way spreading the global ministry’s message
Father Robert Barron is pleased to announce Brandon Vogt will be joining his team at Word On Fire Catholic Ministries as the new Content Director. Vogt is one of the leaders in the Church’s efforts to evangelize the culture through the use of the new media.

As Content Director, Vogt, 27, will oversee Word On Fire’s efforts to distribute Father Barron’s message as widely as possible. He will explore the most effective means to disseminate it primarily, but not exclusively, through digital media and create initiatives that engage the ever evolving media landscape.

“Brandon Vogt is one of the shining lights of the New Evangelization. His creativity, enthusiasm and intelligence are but a sampling of his many gifts,” said Father Barron. “I am delighted to have him join our team and contribute to our mission of introducing people to Christ and inviting them to share the gifts he wants all to enjoy in his Church.”

Already a popular blogger, author and speaker, Vogt recently worked with Word on Fire writing the faith formation study guide to accompany Father Barron’s new DVD series, “CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization.”

Word on Fire CEO, Father Steve Grunow, added, “Brandon’s accomplishments on behalf of the New Evangelization are many and his efforts have already had a significant impact. His work with us will advance our ability to evangelize the digital space and provide Father Barron’s content to more and more people.”

Vogt is the author of The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops who Tweet and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in theology at the Augustine Institute. His work has been featured on NPR, Fox News, CBS, EWTN, Our Sunday Visitor, National Review, and Christianity Today. Brandon and his wife, Kathleen, have three children and another baby due in April 2014.

“I’m thrilled to join forces with Fr. Barron and Word on Fire,” said Vogt. “Father Barron is one of my great heroes and as Content Director, my hope is that I can spread his remarkable work to millions more people, and help devise new and creative ways to evangelize the culture.”

Father Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit, global media ministry that produces compelling and award winning documentaries, podcasts, sermons, YouTube videos, and books to draw millions of people into or back to the Catholic faith, renew the Church, and change the culture.

Father Barron is the founder and chairman of the ministry and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary. He is the creator of the award winning documentary series, “Catholicism” and the recently released documentary, “Catholicism: The New Evangelization.”

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  • Lisa Shannon

    Congrats! That is a dream of mine as well.My background is tv/video production, promotions, marketing, research, social media and I am an active Catholic. Please let me know if there are any part time openings or contract work.

  • Timothy Black

    How did I miss this news??? God bless!!

  • Arleen Spenceley

    Way belated, but CONGRATULATIONS! So awesome.

  • Brandon, congratulations! I’m so stoked for you! Wishing you much success and joy working with Fr. Barron.

  • Congrats!

  • Kathryn

    How did I miss this news? Brandon, I’m so happy for you – what a partnership. The Holy Spirit does do some pretty awesome things. You’ll be fantastic!

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  • Rozann

    We are so blessed to have you!

  • Annette Kelly

    Jerry and I are so happy for you and Kathleen! Working in jobs we loved has been a great blessing in our lives.

  • Gabe Jones

    Love the LOTR quote. Good luck.

  • Timothy Burdick

    Does this mean your moving to Chicago????

    • No, I’ll be working remotely from Orlando. But I will be travelling up to Chicago about once a month.

  • Bonnie Engstrom

    That is SO Great! Congrats to you, Brandon!

  • Sue Guzman

    You are perfect for this Brandon! What a great thing to be able to spread the word of God and make a living! Best of luck. It’s very exciting!

  • Thadeus

    Awesome!! Thank you for trusting God to take this new path. You are doing great things for the faith! Talk about a good result of this Year of Faith! 🙂

  • Cynthia Gill Bates

    Congratulations! Couldn’t have happened to a better person – or a better priest! I believe this is what we in the bidness call a “Win/Win” for everyone involved.

    I am so excited to see someone who is truly Living The Dream™. The crosses and consolations will take you to some amazing places spiritually if you continue to stay open to God’s will for you. I will pray for you – God bless, and good luck!

    Oh, and one more thing – you are going to love your new job SOOO MUCH!!!

  • Leila Miller

    OMGOSH! I am jumping up and down here! Congratulations! Ahhhhh!

  • Wonderful News!!! Sounds like it was meant to be. I’m so thrilled for you and for Word on Fire for getting you!!

  • Art Martlink

    Congratulations! What a fantastic opportunity for both you and Word on Fire. Prayers that the “fire” burns long and hot.

  • Wonderful news! Congratulations!

  • Barb

    Congratulations, Brandon! We were hoping to book you for a speaking engagement next year, but I have a feeling you’ll be busy. Best wishes!

  • Congratulations Brandon! What an incredible win-win-win for you, Word on Fire, and the Church!

  • Wow Brandon! This is incredible! I can’t think of anyone better to do this job and expand the reach and impact of Word on Fire. And yes, I’m with Lisa, I’m really happy that you’ll be close to us. We’ll have to get together sometime soon. Congratulations!

  • Whoa, huge news! So excited for you Brandon.

  • CatholicScienceGeek

    Very exciting news indeed! Congratulations! I wish you the best in your new endeavor! HUZZAH!

  • Michael Francis Goodwin

    Wonderful news Brandon! I was in chapel at Mundelein this weekend and heard you were on campus. I was going to try and connect but I didn’t know where you were on campus. Where will the job be located?

  • Mary Boctor

    Brandon, that is amazing! Congratulations!!!

  • Super duper congrats, Brandon! I’d say it all fits like a glove. Aside, I was so hoping to read, “We are also elated to be relocating to the great Midwest!” 🙂 Godspeed, friend.

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