#NCCL2011 – Tech 101 Notes

Today at the NCCL 2011 conference I participated in a learning session on using social media to promote parish programs. My portion of the session focused on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn and how they are similar and different.

For those that  participated  in the learning session, here is a list of resources (some of which I mentioned in the presentation) with more information on how these services can be used to enhance your ministry:




General Social Media Tips

#NCCL2011, Here I Come!

Today I take off for the annual National Conference for Catechetical Leadership convention and expo, being held this year in Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve got a pretty busy slate lined up: I’m attending the Rep Council meeting (I recently agreed to represent the Province of Chicago), I’ll be part of a learning session, and I’m hosting two roundtable discussions. That’s on top of the general sessions, business meetings, socials, and hosting Monday night’s Tweet-Up.  I’m really excited to meet some catechetical colleagues face-to-face for the first time, preview Fr. Barron’s Catholicism Project, and hear Fr. James Martin’s keynote address.

If you’d like to follow the conference online  I’ll be live-tweeting as the opportunity presents itself. I’ll try to point out other folks tweeting the conference, but you should be able to find them by following the hashtag #NCCL2011 on Twitter. Please pray for us that the conference may be a success!

Announcing the Unofficial 2011 NCCL Tweet-Up!

For anyone who will be attending the 2011 NCCL conference — or if you’re just in the Atlanta area — we’re going to have an old-fashioned Tweet-Up on Monday, May 23rd, around 9p ET (after the Sadlier event) at Twenty-Two Storys, the lobby bar and  restaurant  at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

This will be an opportunity to meet with other Catholic bloggers and Twitter users to network, discuss catechesis and social networking, or just enjoy a cold drink at the end of the day!

This is completely unofficial; it’s not in the conference program, so please help me spread the word through Twitter, Facebook, or your blog!

If you plan on joining us at the Tweet-Up, please send me a quick RSVP via my contact form so that I can let the bar know how many to expect.  Be sure to wear your conference name badge (if you’re not attending the conference, I’ll have some name tags for you). Contact me for more information, and be sure to follow the conference on Twitter via the #NCCL2011 hashtag!

Episode 005 – InterActive Connections

005In just the short time since the Catechetical Leader podcast started there have been tremendous technology innovations that will effect the way we do catechesis in the future. From increased adoption of e-readers to the introduction of the iPad to the ever-expanding reach of broadband access, the Church will have to decided when and how to use these technologies to pass on the faith to a generation that doesn’t know any other way to process information.

This month we talk to a catechist at the forefront of these conversations: Sr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ, is the founder of InterActive Connections, a faith-based educational technology ministry, and Digital Catechesis, a social networking site for technology-based catechists.

Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think about the increasing importance of technology in the catechetical mission of the Church!

Click to Play – 005 – InterActive Connections

Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference – November 7-8

If you are in the central Illinois area — or can get here easily! — I’d like to invite you to the Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference being held November 7-8, 2010, in Decatur, Illinois. My office sponsors this conference (held every-other year) for the benefit of all adults Catholics in our diocese.

The theme of this year’s conference, œEntering the Mystery, Renewing the People,  reflects the importance of the liturgy in the life of the Church. We hope that, through the general sessions and breakout workshops, we will lay the groundwork as we prepare to implement the Roman Missal, Third Edition in our diocese.

Our keynote speaker is Fr. Richard Fragomeni; his two general sessions will open up the theme of the conference and explore how we are formed by our participation in the Church’s liturgical life. Our closing address will be given by Fr. Paul Turner, who will speak about the forthcoming changes to the Mass.

I will be offering two breakout sessions this year:

Administration as Service: Practicing Leadership in the Light of Christ
In 2006 Jonathan Sullivan met a woman who would change his understanding of what it means to be an administrator in the Church. Come discover her story, best practices for Catholic leadership and the single most important responsibility of administrators. An ideal session for principals, DREs and pastoral associates.

Marketing Your School Online
The internet offers a wide variety of options for marketing your school ” so many options that it can be overwhelming! What really works? How can you use your web site ” and other online tools ” to spread your school’s message?

Admission is $40 for one day or $50 for both days. More information on the conference, including a downloadable information brochure and online registration form, is available at www.dio.org/catechesis/daec.

Episode 001 – The Once and Future Catechist

001Welcome to the inaugural episode of Catechetical Leader, a new podcast from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. Catechetical Leader will come out every other month and features interviews and discussions related to religious education, faith formation and evangelization in the Church.

This episode features Lee Nagel and Anne Roat of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership discussing the past and future of catechesis in America.

Click to Play – 001 – Once and Future Catechist