Veritas Catholic Young Adult Ministry Launches in Style

Veritas Catholic Young Adult Ministry

The good news arrived in my Facebook inbox today: the launch of a website I’ve been anticipating for a few weeks since I first had a sneak peek from my buddy Carson Weber. CatholicVeritas.com is the new online home of a dynamic ministry that is growing by leaps and bounds in the Diocese of Sacramento. But don’t see “Sacramento” [Read More...]

Bidding Adieu to Bishop D’Arcy

Bishop John D'Arcy

Somehow, it feels fitting to me that I learned of the passing of Bishop Emeritus John Michael D’Arcy in a tweet from his brother Bishop Christopher Coyne on Sunday morning. I can’t recall ever having met Bishop D’Arcy, and yet he was in a way a beautiful spiritual shepherd for me. From May 1, 1985 until [Read More...]

KNXT TV: The Church and Social Media, Part 2 — Bishops and Bloggers

Forum for a Better Understanding

Yesterday, I shared with you Part 1 of the two part series recently recorded by KNXT in the Diocese of Fresno, featuring my friend Carson Weber and me speaking on the basics of Catholic social media. Remember that the emphasis in these programs is on giving an overview and also introducing basic concepts to people who may [Read More...]

KNXT TV: The Church and Social Media, Part 1

Forum for a Better Understanding

Today, I’m happy to share the first of two television episodes recently recorded in my home Diocese of Fresno at our diocesan owned television station, KNXT. My fellow guest for this program is the always awesome Carson Weber. Carson and I met with “Forum for a Better Understanding” host Jim Grant for two episodes on [Read More...]

Productivity Pondering: The Day My Name Was in the Wall Street Journal

WSJ

One of the things I sometimes forget when I blog here at Patheos is that someone other than my mom and dad may actually wander by and read my musings. An example of that happened last week, when I received an email from the very lovely Sue Shellenbarger of the Wall Street Journal. Sue had [Read More...]

Today’s “Digital Prayer Chain” — Chime in and Win!

prayeronline

In preparation for my weekly radio segment this week on the Sonrise Morning Show with Brian Patrick, I need your input. The topic we plan to discuss is “creative ways to use social media as a modern prayer chain”. I must give credit where it’s due: this theme is the brainchild of the ever-awesome Matt [Read More...]

The Pope Wrote Me (& You!) a Letter Today

My letter from Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope wrote me a letter today. Yes, you read that correctly. Today, I received a personal, emotional, instructive and wise missive from my Holy Father. It came in the form of this year’s message for the 47th World Communications Day. His letter had a descriptive title: Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new [Read More...]

If You Want to Walk in the Light…

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It’s already working. The Holy Father (aka “Pontifex”) is already reaching millions with his presence on Twitter. Today’s two tweets, timed in conjunction with the Wednesday audience, were destined perfectly for those of us desperately seeking answers in a time of national mourning. I’ve been carrying around a great personal weight today. I don’t feel [Read More...]

The Hobbit – One Mom’s Admission

The Hobbit

OK, let me preface this by saying officially this is not a review of The Hobbit. I’m about to admit something that may get me “unfriended” by my many Tolkien-loving Facebook friends and kicked out of the Patheos Catholic Channel for lack of street cred. Here goes: I have never read The Hobbit. or indeed [Read More...]

Why I #Gratefultweet

gratefultweet

For 424 days and counting, my friend @MattSwaim has been starting his social media days with a “#gratefultweet“. His first online communication of the day over at Twitter states — in 140 characters or less — something for which he is grateful. Sometimes the blessings are simple, other times more profound. Regardless, they never cease [Read More...]