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SQPN’s post-Christmas Podcast Marathon This Saturday!

SQPN’s post-Christmas Podcast Marathon This Saturday!


A podcast Marathon? Yes! Among Women listeners and others may enjoy this fun fundraiser for SQPN, the Star Quest Production Network– a day long event hosted by many of the SQPN podcasters and affiliates. Tune in from 8am-8pm Eastern at SQPN.com. Among Women is an affiliate and I’m happy to ask you to kindly support the mission of SQPN.

Details here. 

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)


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.


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!


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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.


Get Ready Boston: The Catholic New Media Conference Returns to the Pastoral Center in Braintree: October 19!

Get Ready Boston: The Catholic New Media Conference Returns to the Pastoral Center in Braintree: October 19!



For a limited time, now thru June 16th, registration is open for local participants from the greater Boston area, ahead of the general registration open to the general public. Get your ticket for the Catholic New Media Conference now!

The conference will take place at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Pastoral Center. For a list of speakers, local lodging, and ticket information, go to the CNMC website. And share this information with your friends!

While I will not be attendance for this year’s event due to a retreat day I’m giving in New Hampshire, I hope to be down in Boston on Saturday night or Sunday. I’ve seen the program and I know it’s going to be a great event!


Among Women 145: Opening the Door of Faith

Among Women 145: Opening the Door of Faith

The front door from Chartres Cathedral, France.

In Among Women 145 we look at Porta Fidei, the “door of faith”, Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Letter announcing the Year of Faith that begins on October 11, 2012. Plus we talk about the new evangelization in terms of being evangelized ourselves first, and then answering the call to evangelize others.

This week’s “Blessed are They” segment reflects on the biblical account from Mark 5:24-34 of the healing miracle of the unnamed woman with a hemorrhage for twelve years, and the small steps she took to open the door of faith in her life in order to receive the transforming power of God.

Our “Among Women” segment welcomes the blogging-podcasting duo from Of Sound Mind and Spirit, Shelly Kelly and Lisa Jones. These two sisters in real life share their journey of faith in their blogging adventure, and their most recent endeavor, the SQPN podcast The Secrets of “Once Upon a Time.”