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Catholic New Media Conference (CNMC) 2012 - Wrap-up

CNMC 2012

This year's Catholic New Media Conference (held in Arlington, TX), came by so fast I didn't really have time to prepare any blog posts before hand, post pictures during the conference, or summarize individual sessions.

In years past (2011 and 2010), I've tried to dump pretty much everything I learned on my blog... but this year's CNMC was so much more broad-reaching that there was no way I could keep up with all the great content!

iPhone - A Powerful Tool for the New Evangelization

Elizabeth Westhoff, the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Director of Marketing, wrote an excellent article summarizing the many ways she and others in St. Louis are using iPhones and a shoestring budget to promote the faith through video, pictures, social media, etc.

I love this section:

The production of each of these videos is something unseen in most other archdioceses across the country and for those of us who have been involved in their production; it has been a complete labor of love with an understanding that it is yet another way of getting out the messages of Christ.

One of the most amazing things we have been able to do is to use our iPhones as recording equipment.

When one or two of us go out on these “simple” video shoots, I’m always afraid the people on the other side of the “camera” are thinking we’re not prepared, or professionals, or something else along those lines. We show up with a tripod, lights from Home Depot, a battery-operated microphone, an iPhone and nothing else. We have everything we need, really.

Catholic New Media Conference 2012 - See you there!

I'll be attending the 2012 Catholic New Media Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth from August 29-31; will I see you there? This year will be the largest CNMC yet, with a ton of great speakers and separate tracks for different days of the conference.

CNMC 2012

This year's theme is Marketing Your Message, and the main track of the CNMC Professional Day will be filled with keynote speakers talking about this theme. At the same time, Matthew Warner and I will be leading a Tech Summit, meant for Catholic app and web developers, designers, and Catholic development companies, talking about apps, APIs, web development, and collaboration.

Pope exhorts us to reflect in silence during 2012 Communications Day

Pope Benedict XVI's message for the 46th annual World Communications Day has been published on the Vatican website. We learned earlier that his theme for this year is silence, and the message is brief and impactful.

One passage that stood out in my reading was the following (emphasis mine):

Attention should be paid to the various types of websites, applications and social networks which can help people today to find time for reflection and authentic questioning, as well as making space for silence and occasions for prayer, meditation or sharing of the word of God. In concise phrases, often no longer than a verse from the Bible, profound thoughts can be communicated, as long as those taking part in the conversation do not neglect to cultivate their own inner lives.

Catholic New Media Conference 2011 - Kansas City

I was thrilled to speak at the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference in Kansas City, KS, and I've posted all the resources from my presentations and notes from other presentaitons to this website - follow the links below to view them.

Catholic New Media Conference 2011 - Kansas City, KS

I gave two presentations at the CNMC:

Live streams were available on the CNMC website via Ustream, and photos can be found in the CNMC11 group on Flickr.

#CNMC11 Keynote: Seán Patrick Lovett

Sean Patrick Lovett

This presentation was given at the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference. Below are my notes on the presentation:

Marconi & Vatican Radio

  • Nobel prize winner contacted by the Pope (Pius XI) to help with Vatican communications.
  • He was the inventor/innovator (Steve J.) of the early 1900s.
  • He helped Pius XI set up Vatican Radio (more than 80 years old).
    • VR broadcasts in 40 different languages.
  • VR continues because:
    • Courage and flexibility, no matter what!
    • Only radio station in the world that was denouncing the Nazi regime.
    • Shortwave, to medium wave, to satellite radio, to podcast, etc.
    • Collaborates with Vatican Television ( Live information, integration, etc.

Iconic Images

  • BXVI using iPad to send the first Papal Tweet.
  • JPII sending the first Apostolic Letter via a laptop.
  • "If the Pope can do it, so can we."

The Catholic Church in New Media (#CNMC11)

The Bad, the Good, and Hope - by Matt Warner

This presentation was given at the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference. Below are my notes on the presentation:

The Bad News

  • The Catholic Church is out of control ... of our message.
  • Being overly cautious about our message has been detrimental to our image.
  • Catholics aren't really using Catholic new media; they're not really using old media either...
    • 2% of Catholics follow religious/spiritual material on Facebook.
    • 11% listen to Catholic radio.
    • Reason? Catholics aren't 'not interested in Catholic media' – Catholics aren't interested in their Catholic faith.
  • Technology is not going to bring people back to the Church. YOU are. People are. Needs meaningful relationships.
  • Online Search (we stink)
    • Examples: Jesus (nothing Catholic on the first page), God (nothing Catholic on the first page), "Who is God?"

The Good News

  • Good examples: Catholic Channel, CatholicTV, CTT, CatholiCon,, blogs, etc.
  • Pope Benedict gets it.
  • We are slowly rekindling a missionary spirit.

Keynote: Sr. Ann Flanagan (#CNMC11)

Sr. Anne Flanagan

This presentation was given at the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference. Below are my notes on the presentation:

"Go teach the gospel. We have all been commissioned. What is the next step?" (Sister's introductory haiku).

Blessed James Alberione

  • Has so much to teach us about being evangelizers in a culture of media.
  • He was constantly connecting media ministry with vows in the orders he founded.

Looking at media apostolate in the light of the Angelus

"And she conceived by the Holy Spirit"
  • Everything comes from God.
  • Networks of collaborators (the Pauline family). "The mystical body of St. Paul."
  • Always begin from Bethlehem. (Humble roots).
  • We need to use our imaginations, our hearts and our minds.

From the Word Made Flesh to the Word Gone Digital

by Pat Gohn

This presentation was given at the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference. Below are my notes on the presentation:


  • What's most important is what God's going to say to you tonight—especially as you visit the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
  • The heart of the New Evangelization is an actual, beating heart—the heart of Jesus, beating with love for us.
  • JPII: An essential characteristic of the New Evangelization is an intimate relationship with Christ.
  • First line of the Catechism:
    • "FATHER,... this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (Jn 17:3)
  • The REAL workshop tonight will be what's said in your heart between you and Jesus during Adoration.
  • The 'New' in the New Evangelization is supposed to be a 'new ardor' in evangelization.
    • For CNMC, the New also represents an innovative dream of what you can do in evangelization.

God's Social Network

  • Where do you fit into God's social network?
    • God has a social network: God is a trinity—these three persons communicate perfectly. "The Network is always up. There are no dropped calls."