Fly-By Faith: The Archdiocese of Washington’s New Drone-Cam


Moving ever forward in its embrace of the new technology, the Archdiocese of Washington has bought its very own drone.Priced at under $1,000, the saucer-shaped, camera-laden drone will enable the Archdiocese to film events from a new perspective.  It was used on Mother's Day to capture the Archdiocese's procession marking the canonization of the two popes, John Paul II and John XXIII.The Archdiocese of Washington has led the nation's dioceses in its embrace of social media.  From Y … [Read more...]

Beauty Abounds: Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

Sweetest Heart of Mary 3

Last year, when St. Josaphat Church in Detroit sustained significant damage to its steeple in a windstorm, the parish brought in a company which used a drone to capture close-up views of the damage.I like to visit the places where Detroiters have gathered to pray, and I've written before about St. Josaphat here and here, and the effort to restore their steeple and reopen the church.Anyway, Sweetest Heart of Mary is one of three historic churches--along with St. Josaphat and St. … [Read more...]

Drone Swoops Through Monreale Cathedral for a Birds-Eye View

William II offering the Monreale cathedral to Mary

William the Good may have stood in the great cathedral which he commissioned, staring up at the golden mosaics with pride.Today, armchair tourists can view Monreale Cathedral from a perspective that was not possible during William II's reign:  a close-range aerial tour.At the invitation of the Archdiocese of Monreale, videographer Alexander Spinnato has filmed the cathedral's splendid art utilizing a camera mounted to a drone.  The drone entered through the Romanesque bronze doors, s … [Read more...]