SQPN looks ahead to a 2015 Catholic New Media Conference + a prayer for the new evangelization

SQPN looks ahead to a 2015 Catholic New Media Conference + a prayer for the new evangelization

2014 brings a decision from SQPN to take a year off from hosting the conference and look toward 2015.

From SQPN’s press release: 

The next Catholic New Media Conference will be held in the spring of 2015, ten years after Catholic podcasting took off around the events of the death of Saint John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Since the first CNMC in 2008 in Atlanta, the Catholic New Media Conference has brought together Catholic communicators from all over the world to share experiences and exchange knowledge and insights on evangelization, catechesis and information using new media like blogging, podcasting and internet video.

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With the rise of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest, more and more people, parishes and religious organizations have discovered the possibilities of these new forms of communication. Podcasting technology, which enables people to listen to audio recordings on their computer or mobile devices and cellphones, has given many Catholics a voice and an opportunity to share their message with the world.

The next CNMC will pay special attention to the 10 year jubilee of this particular form of new media and explore the future possibilities of this medium for the church.

The CNMC is organized by the Catholic organization SQPN, the Star Quest Production Network.

To keep informed about the exact date and place of the 2015 Jubilee CNMC, subscribe to our newsletter (link) and follow CNMC on Twitter @CNMC and on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SQPNCNMC)

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If you or your church are looking to learn about digital media, or find ways to use it better while you wait for the 2015 CNMC, check out the Catholic Media Conference happening later this month, June 18-20 in Charlotte, NC, or see the Digital Church conference events for an event in your area.

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As you may know, my podcast Among Women is an affiliate of SQPN. Thanks to the inspiration I received from their first 2008 Catholic New Media Conference and my longtime mega-media friend, Lisa Hendey, the podcast is five years young.

I’ve enjoyed working with the SQPN team over the years to help organize and work behind the scenes at the CNMC in 2010, 2011, and 2012. I had the privilege of speaking at their conference in Kansas City. A calendar conflict prevented me from attending in 2013, short of finding a few good friends in Boston after the fact.

We’ll see what 2015 brings! Pray for the new evangelization, and when you do, pray for the Holy Spirit to guide the church and these various media apostolates.

Prayer for the New Evangelization
Lord Jesus Christ,
You have given your Church
the mission to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations.
May our efforts to fulfill this mission be guided by the Holy Spirit
so that we might be a leaven of new life,
salt of the earth and a light of the world,
worthy missionaries and faithful to You.
Make us valiant witnesses to the Faith of the Church
 and inspire us to speak the truth with love.
Help us to communicate to others the joy that we have received.
Permit us to be united, but not closed.
humble, but not fearful
simple, but not naïve
thoughtful, but not overbearing
contemporary, but not superficial
respectful of others, but boldly Your disciples.
May we bear into the world the hope of God, which is Christ the Lord,
who rose from the dead and lives and reigns with Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. ­Amen.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us!
St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, Pray for us!
St. Peter and St. Paul, Pray for us!
St. Thérèse, Patroness of Missionaries, Pray for us!
St Thomas Aquinas, Pray for us!

 

 prayer source

Catholic Resources online — we love ‘em, we need ‘em! Share this!

My good buddy, author and blogger, Sarah Reinhard, AKA the Snoring Scholar has a great reference piece up at OSV: “Untangling the Catholic Web”.

Let me also share my Resources page at Among Women. 

Make sure your local church bulletins have this information too — share it with your pastors, church leaders, as well as your social media circles.

Celebrate World Communications Day ! Get Catholic TV! Discover other media resources!

Celebrate World Communications Day ! Get Catholic TV! Discover other media resources!

 ”The Church needs to be concerned for, and present in, the world of communication, in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ.”

- Pope Francis -
World Communications Day message, 2014

If evangelization is part of church’s identity, then spreading the message of the gospel is what we need to be about. I’m a fan of all Catholic media: radio, television, print, film, and internet and digital media.  I’ve been very fortunate to work in media.

Today let me invite you to Get Catholic TV! – an easy way to see if Catholic TV is in your area. It’s simple: just input your zip code here, and find which channel gives you access!

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I also invite you to read my previous post on World Communications Day, and Pope Francis’ message for today.

Finally, bookmark my Catholic Resources page at Among Women. You’ll find my recommendations for the best Catholic books, media, and more.

This makes me think… what is my spoken and silent witness saying?

A few generations back, you can understand why many Catholics didn’t see the need to evangelize. They could live their faith in their homes and parishes, and when they walked outside — going to work, or school or the playground — the cultural temperature didn’t feel that much different than it felt inside. For all appearances the gap between the Catholic way of life and the American way of life didn’t look that great.

Today, however, when Catholics walk outside our homes and parishes into the culture at large, we feel the difference. It hits us in the face like a slap of ice-cold wind. The culture has turned toxic, and the gap between how the Church calls us to live and how the culture tells us to live has grown so wide, we can no longer bridge it. 

But while we can’t bridge the gap, we can attempt to close it. That’s what the New Evangelization calls us to do. It calls us to transform not just individuals, but the entire culture, recognizing that just as the de-Christianization of culture led countless men and women away from the Church, so can the re-Christianization of culture lead en and women back to the Church. 

That’s what we’re doing when we share our faith, through both our silent and spoken witness, with the people in our neighborhoods, and communities, schools, and workplaces. We’re transforming culture by introducing the individuals within it to a Person who will transform the very fabric of their lives. We’re welcoming them into a family of believers who will walk with them as they strive to live the life to which God calls them.

That’s something your parish priest can’t do. He can’t bear witness to the guy in your office who has never stepped foot in a Catholic Church. He can’t strike up a conversation at the gym or the coffee shop with the person who stopped going to Mass a decade ago. Your priest’s reach is limited… they can’t go where you can go.

-Scott Hahn-
Evangelizing Catholics, 2014

A social media sermon in a poem (Warning: this should be habit forming)

The world of communications can help us either to expand our knowledge or to lose our bearings. The desire for digital connectivity can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbours, from those closest to us.


It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways, simply “connected”; connections need to grow into true encounters. We cannot live apart, closed in on ourselves. We need to love and to be loved. We need tenderness. Media strategies do not ensure beauty, goodness and truth in communication. The world of media also has to be concerned with humanity, it too is called to show tenderness. The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people.

Pope Francis
48th World Communications Day

World Communications Day will be celebrated June 1, 2014.

Lenten Almsgiving opportunity: support a Missions company with lay people and families in mission together

Lenten Almsgiving opportunity: support a Missions company with lay people and families in mission together

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 2.23.34 PMYou may remember my friends, Jonathan and Kristen Weiss? They are full-time missionaries supporting married couples, families, and single lay persons in mission work in five countries with Family Missions Company. Different than a missions outreach supported by the work of Catholic religious orders, this apostolate offers lay persons a temporary or permanent mission outreach opportunities.

Here’s a fast recap of the past year at Family Missions Company.

You may also want to listen to the podcast I did with Jonathan and Kristen back during the Bloggers with a Mission campaign for World Missions Sunday.

Donate directly.

Support a Missionary.

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photo courtesy of Jonathan Weiss.

Video courtesy of Family Missions Company.

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious = Retreat days in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, NS

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious = Retreat days in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, NS

I’m getting prepped and excited to travel to churches in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, to celebrate the dignity, gifts, and mission of women! I’ll explore the themes of my book with talks and discussions. Plus, we’ll hear from local women themselves sharing what it means to be blessed, beautiful, and bodacious… bodacious being most excellent and courageously undertaking the mission we woman have in the world. We’ll enjoy the company of other women, and the gift of faith as we take time to pray and reflect!

Mark your calendars and register! I hope I’ll be able to meet you at one of these venues.

March 7 & 8: Saint Jude Church, Peoria, IL

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Details: Contact Kim.Thompson@stjudechurchpeoria.org

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March 29: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Duluth, MN

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The second annual Authentic Catholic Women’s conference. Details here. 

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April 25-26: Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA.

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More details to follow…

Nova Scotia residents: join us as at Saint Benedict Parish at Halifax. Contact details for the women’s retreat via their bulletin or website. 

Lisa Hendey on Inter Nos on Catholic TV– a great synopsis of her life and work!

Lisa Hendey on Inter Nos on Catholic TV– a great synopsis of her life and work!

Screen Shot 2014-02-11 at 2.41.56 PMI first met Lisa Hendey at the end of 2004 through an email. Who would have known what would become it? Eventually I was writing regularly for Catholic Mom, back then when there was a little more than a dozen of us offering columns there. Today there’s close to 150 writers at CatholicMom.com and over the years, and I’m still there.

But I’m more than happy to be one of Lisa’s friends in real life.

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She’s been a friend in the trenches of motherhood, writing, and podcasting. I was pleased to write a sidebar for her back when her first book came out, The Handbook for Catholic Moms. And I was even more pleased when Ave Maria Press asked that I record portions of the Audiobook version for it too. And I’ve been a cheerleader for her successive books along the way.

What began as a small apostolate in her kitchen at her computer has mushroomed into a writing and speaking career, with travels around the USA, Canada, Rome, the Holy Land, and most recently, to Rwanda with Catholic Relief Services. Yes, she’s impressive, but she’s really got both feet on the ground, and a heart that is truly grounded by her love of God, the faith, and her family.

You can learn about Lisa, her family, and her work, in this television profile of all that we love about Lisa Hendey on Inter Nos, hosted by Fr. Bob Reed, the president of Catholic TV.

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Podcast fans! Go Vote: 3 SQPN Podcasts Nominated in the Podcast Awards

Podcast fans! Go Vote: 3 SQPN Podcasts Nominated in the Podcast Awards

As an affiliate podcaster with SQPN, and a member of the Board, it gives me great pleasure to see this press release from SQPN about the three podcasts under consideration in the Podcast Awards. From SQPN:

Catholic Vitamins
Catholic Vitamins‘ is a weekly Catholic podcast produced by Deacon Tom Fox and his wife Dee. Every episode, a guest is invited to explore a faith topic (a ‘Catholic Vitamin’). More information at catholicvitamins.com

The Break
The Break with Fr. Roderick‘ is one of the longest running podcasts in the world. Started in 2005, the show counts almost 900 episodes covering faith, films, popular culture and technology. More information at thebreak.sqpn.com

Airline Pilot Guy
Airline Pilot Guy‘ is presented by Catholic Pilot Jeff Nielsen, who also hosts the weekly show ‘Catholic Weekend’. In his podcast, he shares his experiences as a pilot and answers listener questions about the world of aviation. More information at airlinepilotguy.com

The shows with the most daily votes from their listeners will win this year’s podcast awards. Votes can be cast at www.podcastawards.com.

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My Visit to EWTN

My Visit to EWTN

Late last month, wedged between my recent speaking-related jaunts to New Hampshire and Minnesota, I was flown down to Irondale, AL to the studios of EWTN.  I was the guest of EWTN at the request of Johnette Benkovic, the founder Women of Grace ministries and hostess to its related TV show and radio hour.  Together we recorded five TV shows in a series that will air either later this year or into next year. When I find out, I’ll let you know.

I also got to sit in with Johnette on a live radio show that aired on October 24, and you can listen to that show here in podcast form.

Thought you’d like some of the photos I took in between the acts.

a bit of the facilities - not the best panoramic photo...

a bit of the facilities – not the best panoramic photo…

I don’t mind telling you that doing anything on television is a bit daunting for me. Between the hair, the make-up (which I’m allergic to!), and wardrobe changes, it was a full day, and a bit exhausting. But I give credit to Johnette who not only did 5 shows with me for TV, and one live radio hour… she was on day 4 of 5 days of recording programming. I told Johnette she’s got amazing energy and stamina! She’s a pro and an inspiration of poise and confidence.

I'm with Johnette Benkovic on the set of "Women of Grace". 10.24.13

I’m with Johnette Benkovic on the set of “Women of Grace”. 10.24.13

I was very happy to begin the busy day with daily Mass in the famous chapel (that so many have seen on TV).

The Chapel at EWTN. I was happy to attend Mass and adoration there with the Friars!

The Chapel at EWTN. I was happy to attend Mass and adoration there with the Friars!

The monstrance in the chapel. (No host there, I was not taking pictures during adoration!)

The monstrance in the chapel. (No host there, I was not taking pictures during adoration!)

Me with Mother. Well, almost.

Me with Mother. Well, almost. That was the oil painting in the outer hallway near the chapel.

All the programming at the EWTN studios takes place steps away from Mother Angelica’s old office space where she worked for many years. Here’s a few photos of that special work space.

The desk where Mother Angelica worked for years. (She's now living about an hour away from the studios in a monastery.)

The desk where Mother Angelica worked for years. (She’s now living about an hour away from the studios in a monastery.)

Crucifix in Mother's office.

Crucifix in Mother’s office.

Artwork in Mother's office.

Artwork in Mother’s office.

I also enjoyed good weather the day I visited, and took a little walk around the grounds… and discovered that many people enjoy visiting EWTN and making a little pilgrimage to the grounds and chapel there.

St Francis is a fan! Seen just outside the outdoor altar area.

St Francis is a fan! Seen just outside the outdoor altar area.

That's a good idea!

That’s a good idea!

Mary's statue

Mary’s statue

A lovely outdoor altar on the grounds.

A lovely outdoor altar on the grounds.

EWTN's satellite dishes -- beaming the message out to the world!

EWTN’s satellite dishes — beaming the message out to the world!

When you do the dishes you can see the dishes... Just outside my kitchen window... the satellite dishes  for EWTN.

When you do the dishes you can see the dishes… Just outside my kitchen window… the satellite dishes for EWTN.

EWTN owns a few private homes where guests live during their stay. I was happy to watch two world series games while I was there for two nights!