Thanks again to everyone who participated in the live webinars. This was a fun and enlightening experiment in webinar-based catechist formation and I already have some ideas for a video-based formation series in the spring. Stay tuned!
The very first question I asked was how people understand the phrase “New Evangelization.” The responses prompted me to make this three-minute video about Bl. Pope John Paul II’s three “news” of the New Evangelization:
Today my office sponsored a free webinar on writing news releases on behalf of your school, parish, or ministry. The webinar was led by Kathie Sass, director of communications for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, and it includes very helpful tips and advice for crafting releases that will appeal to the secular news media.
Kathie was also kind enough to provide the slides she used during her presentation:
Thank you to everyone who participated in my webinar “Using the Parish Web Site to Power Adult Faith Formation” sponsored by the Adult Faith Formation Committee of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership! Here are the notes and links I mentioned during the presentation as well as the PowerPoint slides; I’ll have the video up as soon as it’s available.
Sorry for the recent radio silence; my website switched to a new server earlier this month and it caused some unexpected issues. I’ve got them (mostly) resolved now, so expect regular posting to commence next week.In the meantime, here is a short video I made last week about how to find free, high-quality pictures for your catechetical projects without having to worry about running afoul of copyright laws:
Yesterday our diocesan bishop, the Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, hosted a prayer rally outside the Illinois State Capitol as part of our observance of the Fortnight for Freedom. I was particularly impressed with this rally’s focus on prayer as the primary strength of the Church. Bishop Paprocki was one of the architects of the Fortnight for Freedom and his consistant message has been that the Fortnight should be an event centered on prayer and education — not partisan posturing.
The rally was recorded; I offer it here, the day before we celebrate our Independence Day, as one example of how the Church participates in the public life of our nation in a spirit of affirmative orthodoxy.
(Any complaints about the shaky camera work can be directed to your humble servant, who forgot the tripod.)
Last week our diocesan webmaster and I completed the last of our training sessions on our diocese’s new social media policy. The resources from the training sessions can be accessed at www.dio.org/it/resources; the recording of one of our webinar sessions is below.
This month Joe Paprocki celebrates fives years of writing at his blog, Catechist’s Journey. Loyola Press asked a few bloggers and catechetical leaders to create short videos congratulating Joe on this monumental accomplish (after all, five years online is forever!) and I was happy to oblige. Loyola Press posted the videos on Joe’s blog today.