I’d just like to take this moment to gush about my shepherd, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., and highlight the wonderful new media experiment he’s undertaking in Rome.
During each day of the Synod on the New Evangelization, Archbishop Gustavo records a video diary, one each in English and in Spanish, for the people of God – especially for his flock in San Antonio, Texas. While their production quality ain’t RomeReports, these videos have excited me about Archbishop Gustavo’s willingness to engage new media. The diaries reflect his deep love for his flock, and his desire to share the developments of the Synod with us.
Archbishop Gustavo is now also taking prayer intentions online – via a website dedicated to his time in Rome.
This has all gladdened my heart. The Archdiocese has sloooowly been rolling out official Facebook pages – first, the various archdiocesan offices and institutions (Marriage/Family/NFP, Evangelization, Vocations, Life/Justice/Peace, Campus Ministry/Young Adult, Archdiocesan Newspaper, Assumption Seminary)…
then, finally – ever so slowly – the official Archdiocese of San Antonio Facebook page. It seems that the “ground-up” approach has borne fruit in diocesan new media endeavors. Brandon Vogt might deserve some credit, too — and all the contributors to The Church and New Media, which was distributed among our diocesan offices by the wise Director of our Archdiocesan Catechetical Center, Gigi Zapiain.
What signs of hope do you see in your diocese’s engagement with new media?