Tag Archive: Social Media

Jul 08

Applying Six Offline Models to Online Evangelization

I wrote an article on evangelizing online on Homiletic & Pastoral Review about how to evangelize online. The Internet has now opened up as a wide field for our evangelization. Much of the cultural interchange now takes place via such electronic means. The Church is called to step out into every new forum and evangelize it, …

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Sep 21

How I use Twitter

I’ve somehow succeeded on Twitter so I finally decided I would explain some of how I work. I did so in a series of tweets I’ll post here as a blog. A few practical tweets about my twitter. First, I use @buffer to schedule tweets constantly, I usually have a month or more in cue. …

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May 18

Discussion vs. Ear-Piercing Debate Online

Twitter can be a harsh place. I get responses daily to my tweets that might make your hair rise on end. Here’s the most negative tweets – unfiltered – I got in a random week (April 21-28, simply the week before I wrote this intro): “As the False Prophet, he [Pope Francis] will be one …

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Jan 12

Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

So, you’re excited about your faith and want to share it. You want to evangelize! You realize that much of the world has moved online and fear that will be a great place to share it. But how? I’ve seen everything. I saw a Twitter account with fewer than 100 followers claiming to be at …

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Oct 18

#StJohnPaul2 Twitterstorm, Oct 22 @ 6pm Eastern

StJohnPaul2 meme 1

John Paul II was the one who inspired my vocation to the priesthood. So many others were touched by him. Now Pope Francis has everything set to make him a saint. To celebrate let’s all tweet about Pope John Paul on his feast-day, October 22nd at 6pm Eastern Time (5pm central, 4pm mountain, and 3pm …

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Oct 01

My Twitter Account Was Suspended

I had my Twitter account suspended for a week

I just got my twitter account back after it was suspended about a week. The biggest thing I’ve learned is humility: life can go on without me and I can go on without twitter. Or maybe I didn’t learn the 2nd half; I started a new account since I was suspended. (You can now also …

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Sep 24

Is Youth Ministry a Problem?

Marc had this cool icon of St Mark in his blog so I copied it. Since I'm into youth ministry, I obviously need to use the images that are the trendiest and I think his image is clearly trendy (I mean it's been around over 1000 years being trendy).

Over at Bad Catholic, Marc recently wrote about “The Problem With Youth Ministry.” His basic argument is true: a part-time underpaid gimmicky youth minister can’t replace the authority of parents forming their kids. Bravo, bravo! However, I think he makes 3 key errors. He forgets the real relationship youth ministry should have with parents. He …

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Sep 09

#ThanksPontifex for Francis’s First 6 months

ThanksPontifex basic

6 months ago we celebrated the last moments of Benedict’s Papacy by tweeting our gratitude with #ThanksPontifex. Now we approach Pope Francis’ 6 month anniversary; it’s Friday, September 13th. Discussing it briefly with a few twiends (friends on twitter), I thought doing another twitterstorm of gratitude was in order. Last time we did a twitterstorm …

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Aug 26

Catholic Youth Ministry and Facebook – 7 Top Tips

Pope with ipad

In youth ministry we have one looming elephant in the room that we so often wonder how to use. Facebook. According to Pew about ¾ of teens use Facebook, and most of them every day. The average one has 425 friends and 20% have over 600. We want to help teens experience Christ in their …

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Jul 24

Using Twitter in Catholic Ministry

Twitter Cross

If social media is like the town square, Twitter is the center of the square while other social media is the restaurants and shops around the edge. Being a super-public forum, it is a great place to engage culture beyond your real-life friends. On twitter connecting to thousands or sending tons of messages is acceptable …

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Jun 19

7 Social Media Secrets in Catholic Youth Ministry

Hand holding a Social Media 3d Sphere

The goal of Catholic Youth Ministry is to help teens know and experience Christ. To do this we need to reach teens. But where are teens? Today many are on social media. Yet social media can seem daunting to those of us just a few years older. I figured I could offer some things that …

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Jun 13

100,000 Hail Marys for our 2 Popes

100,000 Hail Marys for both Popes

Both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict need our help, our prayers. I thought, what a better way then to invoke Mary thousands of times for them. But there is no way for me to do that alone, so I’m asking you to help and tell all your friends too. You know how every so often, …

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