I am blessed to be at the Catholic New Media Conference this weekend, held here in Boston. My favorite event so far is the keynote address, which the Boston Archdiocese has graciously posted up online. The presenter, Monsignor Paul Tighe, is secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican. He gave us the “inside answer” on questions like, “Does the Pope really write his own tweets?” and he also encourages us Catholics in the media to try new things and share our experiences so that we can learn together. Monsignor Tighe’s presentation is inspiring, entertaining, and not to be missed if you are interested in the the beginning of the Pope’s Twitter account, @Pontifex, in how we as Catholics can engage in the digital media culture, and Pope Francis’s approach to social media.
We also heard about a great initiative from the Knights of Columbus. The Knights are presenting a new documentary on Pope Francis entitled, Francis, the Pope from the New World, which airs Sunday night (Oct. 20) on FOX Business Network at 5 PM EST. You can see the trailer here.
I am still sorting through my reflections from the first day of the Catholic New Media Conference, but I can say I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with so many wonderful Catholics who “get” how exciting it is to bring the Gospel with us into social media. I really enjoyed meeting Father Roderick Vonhögen, founder of Star Quest Production Network (SQPN.com), who has just published his new book which I am looking forward to reading!
While I was at the Catholic New Media Conference today, I was able to share about the Daughters of St. Paul’s very first webathon which highlights the various aspects of our media apostolate. Each day has a beautiful morning and evening prayer, as well as reflections on a particular form of media. Today’s theme has been media for kids, and tomorrow’s theme is video! Check it out when you have a chance, and if you can, help us to continue our mission, to reach out through the media with the Gospel!