Planning to be on Long Island this weekend? Stop by and say hello to some Patheosians!

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists is holding its 20th annual conference on Long Island Friday and Saturday, and some familiar names will be there, including Your Humble Blogger. Friday morning, I’ll be moderating a panel  — “And God Said ‘Tweet’: New Media and the New Evangelization” — that will include our own Marc Barnes and [Read More…]

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What does “Catholic” really mean?

This piece by Franciscan friar and blogger Daniel Horan, OFM (“Dating God”) offers some answers that may surprise people: In 1990 the now-late Jesuit scholar of English literature and philosophy, Walter Ong, S.J., wrote an essay for America magazine that responded to the perennial question for educators in Catholic institutions of higher education: How does [Read More…]

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If you do nothing else online today…

Bookmark this page.  That’s the Year of Faith page for Patheos, and it can drive you nuts trying to find it in the dense and challenging mountain of Patheos columns, blogs, resources, videos, essays and ads.  But once you have found it, it’s a veritable treasure trove.  There’s gold in them thar hills! Elizabeth Scalia [Read More…]

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And the Catholic empire at Patheos continues to grow…

A big shout-out and welcome to our newest blogger, Lisa Hendey! Check out her new place, the nicely named “A Good Measure.”  Lisa will be familiar to scads of Catholic blog readers for her website CatholicMom.com.  She’s also a terrific speaker and ardent advocate for all things bloggy and social media-y.  I saw her in [Read More…]

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Happy Year of Faith!

As the Holy Father kicks off this Year of Faith, Patheos is getting into the act, with a special page devoted to the occasion, featuring some lively and interesting discussion on all things faith-y. Elizabeth Scalia has the scoop: Every week throughout the Year of Faith that page will be showcasing Catholic voices from around [Read More…]

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How can you be a better Catholic blogger?

Well, just ask some folks who do it — and TJ Burdick did.  The results have now been published in a nifty little e-book called “One Body, Many Blogs,” available at Amazon at this link. As the publisher explains: One Body, Many Blogs is a collection of answers from some of the giants of the [Read More…]

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Using social media to boost vocations

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s announced theme for the next World Communications Day comes this encouraging piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With [Read More…]

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Theme for next World Communications Day: social networks

From the Vatican:  One of the most important challenges facing the task of evangelization today is that which is emerging from the digital environment. Pope Benedict XVI calls attention to this particular topic, in the context of the Year of Faith, in his choice of the theme for the 47th World Communications Day, “Social Networks: [Read More…]

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New York City’s bishops on care for the poor: “It is not enough”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan posted the following on his blog two days ago, declaring it a joint statement with my own bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio: You can find great contrasts within a few miles of each others.  In some communities families are finding decent jobs and earning sufficient income to provide for themselves and their families.  Thanks [Read More…]

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In unusual move, diocese tweets announcement of new bishop

This may be a first: The Catholic Diocese of Tyler has announced Reverend Monsignor Joseph Strickland as its fourth bishop via Twitter, ahead of a planned press conference Saturday. The following tweet was posted around 6 a.m. Saturday: “The Holy Father has named our very own Msgr. Joseph Strickland as the fourth Bishop of Tyler! [Read More…]

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