Zumba & The New Evangelization: 3 Lessons I Learned Today

Zumba & NE

Today, shortly after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision was announced, I had a decision to make. I could stay at home and add my voice to the many other Catholic bloggers who would be weighing in on this major news and its impact upon religious liberty. Or I could meet my girlfriends to attend [Read More...]

Distance Learning for Catholics: Training Ourselves for the New Evangelization


During today’s radio segment on The SonRise Morning Show, host Matt Swaim and I took on the topic of “nanodegrees” as described in yesterday’s New York Times: This week, AT&T and Udacity, the online education company founded by the Stanford professor and former Google engineering whiz Sebastian Thrun, announced something meant to be very small: [Read More...]

Sweet Tweets for 6/06/14 — Encounter

Awesome Catholic Teachers from Parramatta Diocese (near Sydney Australia)

This past week, we celebrated the 48th annual World Communications Day with a look again at the beautiful message of Pope Francis, which reads in part: 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.  She needs [Read More...]

Sioux City’s “New Evangelization Radio”


In my inbox, news of yet another Diocesan radio program that supports and encourages the New Evangelization: Don’t forget to join Karmen Darwin, Sean Martin and Justin Frato for their monthly radio Show, New Evangelization Today. The show is broadcast on Channel 88.1FM and airs the first Friday of the month at 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. A [Read More...]

Google Glass & the New Evangelization – Potential Applications for Catholics


There it was in my inbox this morning: another invitation to plop down $1,500 to be an “explorer” in the Google Glass Explorer Program. If you’re a regular reader here, you know how this taunts me. I’m a huge geek, so the idea of wearing Glass is thrilling. But I’m also a realist who understands [Read More...]

Free Webinar: Catholics Going Mobile


Next up in Ave Maria Press’ ongoing Professional Development Webinar Series is a terrific (and free!) presentation for anyone who is interested in using the tools of technology in the New Evangelization. Here’s the blueprint from Ave Maria Press: A recent study by the Pew Research Center found that over 90% of American adults use [Read More...]

Notre Dame’s New Campus Ministry Smartphone App a Terrific Tool for Everyone

Notre Dame Daily Faith App

I’m biased: I’m a Notre Dame grad, so I tend to love all things Irish. Yes, you can line up in the comments with your feelings about that if you’d like. On the occasions when my alma mater makes missteps (and I’ll admit they happen), I prefer to pray through Our Lady’s intercession for the [Read More...]

“Saint” G.K. Chesterton? Cause Moves Forward

G.K. Chesterton

Fans and followers of author G.K. Chesterton will be happy with the following press release from the American Chesterton Society: Bishop of Northampton, England, to Appoint Cleric for Investigation of G.K. Chesterton’s Cause for Canonization WORCESTER, Massachusetts (August 1, 2013) – In his opening address at the 32nd Annual Chesterton Conference held at Assumption College, [Read More...]

A Note from Outside the (Catholic) Bubble

A Note from Outside the (Catholic) Bubble

Greetings from New York City, where I’m currently vacationing with family. Things may be light here on the blog for the next few days as I make the most of one of my few opportunities to have all four of my family members together. We arrived last night and I’ve been thoroughly unplugged for about [Read More...]

The Laborers are Few: Pondering Our “Yes”

yes labor.jpg

I’m in the regular habit of watching the daily gospel reflection videos from the USCCB as a part of my morning prayer time. So many days, these simple two minute ponderings truly bring the gospel to life for me. Such is always the case on Tuesdays, when I hear from one of my favorite preachers, Fr. [Read More...]