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Live Coverage of World Youth Day

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Homepage News | No Comments
Live Coverage of World Youth Day

For World Youth Day, NET TV’s Currents NewsThe Tablet, and Nuestra Voz teamed up to produce four days of live coverage of the events in Panama.

You can relive the conversation at #DOBWYD.

DeSales and CTN Team Up to Distribute iPads Across Diocese

Posted on Jan 30, 2019 in Homepage News | No Comments
DeSales and CTN Team Up to Distribute iPads Across Diocese

CTN iPad programCTN supports great learning experiences that challenge students via the use of personal technology.

Through the DeSales iPad Grant, CTN has delivered more than 5,000 iPads, chargers, keyboard cases, and more to students and teachers in the Diocese of Brooklyn by working closely with the DeSales IT department and CTN’s tech partner, Sprint.

Professional development and technology support are the cornerstones of CTN services to teachers.

CTN’s work has also expanded to include iPads for religious education directors at diocesan parishes, giving them the mobile technology needed to connect easily with diocesan administration, catechists, and parents.

Look for even more opportunities this year as DeSales explores the ability to offer Chromebooks to students. For more information on these programs, send an email to ctn@desalesmedia.org.

Video: Are You Ready for Christmas?

Posted on Jan 11, 2019 in Homepage News | No Comments
Video: Are You Ready for Christmas?

For Christmas 2018, DeSales Media teamed up with I M Beggar to produce a video for the Diocese of Brooklyn and all New York State dioceses. The video encourages young people who may not have been considering attending church at Christmas to come and find peace at Mass.

DeSales Supports High Schools With Website and Social Campaign

Posted on Jan 9, 2019 in Homepage News | No Comments
DeSales Supports High Schools With Website and Social Campaign

Catholic high schools mobile screenshotDeSales Media Group launched a mobile-first website and ran a social media campaign to drive attendance to the Catholic High Schools Expo and to diocesan-wide open houses for all of the Catholic high schools in Brooklyn and Queens.

The Expo, held at St. John’s University and St. Francis College in September, gave prospective parents and students the chance to learn about all 18 Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The website featured interactive graphics, video testimonials from alumni, and online ticketing.

DeSales also ran organic social promotions and ad campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Google to raise awareness of the open houses and drive sign-ups through the website.

Go to catholichighschoolsbq.org

Find Peace Through Forgiveness on Reconciliation Monday

Posted on Nov 27, 2018 in DeSales Blog, Press Room | No Comments
Find Peace Through Forgiveness on Reconciliation Monday

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, in partnership with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York, has reserved Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, for Reconciliation Monday.

All parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn and the Archdiocese of New York will have priests available to hear confessions from 4-8 p.m. on this special day.

Use our Parish Locator to find a parish near you in Brooklyn or Queens. For the Archdiocese of New York, you can search here.

“The sacrament of reconciliation is a sacrament of healing. When I go to confession, it’s for healing: healing the soul, healing the heart because of something that I did to make it unwell. Every time we go to confession, God embraces us.”
– Pope Francis

3 Ways Tech Can Brighten the Future of the Church

Posted on Aug 28, 2018 in DeSales Blog | No Comments

By Dave Plisky

DeSales Media was given the opportunity to host a panel at the Napa Institute’s 2018 flagship conference in Napa, California.

Watch the panel

Each year, hundreds of the world’s Catholic lay leadership, clergy, religious and deacons make their way to the wine capital of the US for inspiration, information, and dialogue, all deeply invested in the future of the church. They go to be spiritually enriched: apart from the excellent formal programming, there are over 100 Masses celebrated in less than a week. They go to learn what others are doing to help the Church blossom across ministries and regions. And they go to speak to one another about the future of the church and what the next steps should be. After all, in vino veritas (in wine there is truth).

Queue the panel, entitled “Teach a Church to Tech, Feed It for a Lifetime: A dialogue on the landscape of the Church in 2025.” The panel was moderated by the Chief Operating Officer of DeSales Media Group, Bill Maier. Panelists included Matt Meeks, Chief Digital Officer, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; J.M. Boyd, Partner – Lead Consultant, Glass Canvas; Fr. John Gribowich, Diocese of Brooklyn; and Dave Plisky, Director of Marketing & Digital, DeSales Media Group. The panel covered the landscape of the evolving Church in the US and what we can expect it to be like in 2025, what the Church can and should do to thrive on the digital continent, and what steps we can all take right now.

Watch a recording of the panel in its entirety here:

A number of important points were made during the talk. Here are a few.

1. Priests and laypeople
There will continue to be fewer priests being formed, and parish management is often analog, inefficient, and burdensome for those responsible. The shrinking number of priests is a concern not only for laity and church attendees, but also for the priests themselves. Laity will be called upon to enable parishes to thrive, both at scale through the creation of tools, and in the churches through the implementation and use of those tools.

2. The Church and technology
Technologists have a fear of being human, and the church has a problem adopting technology usefully. The Catholic Church has historically been an innovator, but has been afraid to lead in digital. The church must facilitate good and genuine encounters with and without technology. Digital products can be and are being made and used to serve dioceses and their parishioners. This is a huge opportunity for the Church.

3. Distribution and data
The diocesan structure of the Church can be utilized. With healthy, streamlined communications and distribution models, available materials can reach more parishioners with less effort. The church must own her own data. And the only way we’ll be able to do this at scale is to come together in one space, under the same set of best practices.

Is this striking a chord with you? Come chat with us in our new LinkedIn Group, Digital Catholics.

Go to digitalcatholics.org

Or if you’d like to reach out directly, just email me at dplisky@desalesmedia.org.

Blanket Coverage of Pope in Ireland

Blanket Coverage of Pope in Ireland

Pope in Ireland

Pope Francis was in Ireland Aug. 25 and 26 for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, and DeSales Media Group was with him every step of the way.

The Currents News team partnered with Crux to lead the on-the-ground coverage, with correspondents Michelle Powers and Tim Harfmann reporting from Ireland with Crux’s John Allen, Christopher White, Inés San Martín, Claire Giangravè, and Elise Harris. These reporters delivered live reporting on Currents News, and their stories also appeared in The Tablet.

In New York, Liz Faublas anchored our round-the-clock live coverage and commentary with Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, and Jorge Domínguez, editor of Nuestra Voz.

Once again, DeSales Media Group proved its commitment to Catholic news by putting an unmatched focus on the Pope’s latest trip.

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Wilkinson Honored for Decades of Service to Catholic News in Brooklyn and Queens

Wilkinson Honored for Decades of Service to Catholic News in Brooklyn and Queens
Ed Wilkinson 2018 St. Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award

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Leaders and communicators from around the Diocese of Brooklyn gathered on World Communications Day for a luncheon to honor Ed Wilkinson, editor of The Tablet, for his nearly 50 years of service to Catholic news in Brooklyn and Queens.

Wilkinson, who received the 2018 St. Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award, spoke of the past, present and future of The Tablet and DeSales Media Group. He talked about complex issues, including the many changes in the diocese and the news business and the need to adapt without losing site of the paper’s mission. But in the end, he was able to boil everything down to a suprisingly simple statement of purpose.

“I’m just another loyal member of the Church here in the diocese trying hard to tell the story of the Church here in Brooklyn and Queens,” he said. “As a journalist, we try to be fair and impartial, but we always start from a Catholic point of view. That’s non-negotiable. It’s not bias, it’s just where we’re coming from. We’re Catholic, and we’re not ashamed of it.”

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Meet Me In Church

Posted on May 7, 2018 in Homepage News, Meet Me In Church | No Comments
Meet Me In Church

Meet Me in Church is open to all diocesan organizations. This website serves as an open invitation to reconnect and re-engage with the Church and your community.

You can promote your parish, school, or diocesan event by going to meetmein.church/submit-an-event/ and filling out the event information.

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Pope Francis: Homily At Maquehue Airport Mass, Chile

Posted on Jan 17, 2018 in DeSales Blog | No Comments
Pope Francis: Homily At Maquehue Airport Mass, Chile

HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE

CHILE – Temuco – 17.01.2018 – 10.30
Airport Maquehue Holy Mass Homily of the Holy Father

Official Translation

“Mari, Mari” [Good morning!]
“Küme tünngün ta niemün” [“Peace be with you!” (Lk 24:36)]

I thank God for allowing me to visit this beautiful part of our continent, the Araucanía. It is a land blessed by the Creator with immense and fertile green fields, with forests full of impressive araucarias – the fifth “praise” offered by Gabriela Mistral to this Chilean land[1] – and with its majestic snow-capped volcanoes, its lakes and rivers full of life. This landscape lifts us up to God, and it is easy to see his hand in every creature. Many generations of men and women have loved this land with fervent gratitude. Here I would like to pause and greet in a special way the members of the Mapuche people, as well as the other indigenous peoples who dwell in these southern lands: the Rapanui (from Easter Island), the Aymara, the Quechua and the Atacameños, and many others.

Seen through the eyes of tourists, this land will thrill us as we pass through it, but if we put our ear to the ground, we will hear it sing: “Arauco has a sorrow that cannot be silenced, the injustices of centuries that everyone sees taking place”.[2]

In the context of thanksgiving for this land and its people, but also of sorrow and pain, we celebrate this Eucharist. We do so in this Maqueue aerodrome, which was the site of grave violations of human rights. We offer this Mass for all those who suffered and died, and for those who daily bear the burden of those many injustices. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross bears all the sin and pain of our peoples, in order to redeem it.

1. False synonyms

One of the main temptations we need to resist is that of confusing unity with uniformity. Jesus does not ask his Father that all may be equal, identical, for unity is not meant to neutralize or silence differences. Unity is not an idol or the result of forced integration; it is not a harmony bought at the price of leaving some people on the fringes. The richness of a land is born precisely from the desire of each of its parts to share its wisdom with others. Unity can never be a stifling uniformity imposed by the powerful, or a segregation that does not value the goodness of others. The unity sought and offered by Jesus acknowledges what each people and each culture are called to contribute to this land of blessings. Unity is a reconciled diversity, for it will not allow personal or community wrongs to be perpetrated in its name. We need the riches that each people has to offer, and we must abandon the notion that there are higher or lower cultures. A beautiful “chamal” requires weavers who know the art of blending the different materials and colours, who spend time with each element and each stage of the work. That process can be imitated industrially, but everyone will recognize a machine-made garment. The art of unity requires true artisans who know how to harmonize differences in the “design” of towns, roads, squares and landscapes. It is not “desk art”, or paperwork; it is a craft demanding attention and understanding. That is the source of its beauty, but also of its resistance to the passage of time and to whatever storms may come its way.

The unity that our people need requires that we listen to one another, but even more importantly, that we esteem one another. “This is not just about being better informed about others, but rather about reaping what the Spirit has sown in them”.[3] This sets us on the path of solidarity as a means of weaving unity, a means of building history. The solidarity that makes us say: We need one another, and our differences so that this land can remain beautiful! It is the only weapon we have against the “deforestation” of hope. That is why we pray: Lord, make us artisans of unity.

2. The weapons of unity.

If unity is to be built on esteem and solidarity, then we cannot accept any means of attaining it. There are two kinds of violence that, rather than encouraging the growth of unity and reconciliation, actually threaten them. First, we have to be on our guard against coming up with “elegant” agreements that will never be put into practice. Nice words, detailed plans – necessary as these are – but, when unimplemented, end up “erasing with the elbow, what was written by the hand”. This is one kind of violence, because it frustrates hope.

In the second place, we have to insist that a culture of mutual esteem may not be based on acts of violence and destruction that end up taking human lives. You cannot assert yourself by destroying others, because this only leads to more violence and division. Violence begets violence, destruction increases fragmentation and separation. Violence eventually makes a most just cause into a lie. That is why we say “no to destructive violence” in either of its two forms.

Those two approaches are like the lava of a volcano that wipes out and burns everything in its path, leaving in its wake only barrenness and desolation. Let us instead seek the path of active non-violence, “as a style of politics for peace”.[4] Let us seek, and never tire of seeking, dialogue for the sake of unity. That is why we cry out: Lord, make us artisans of your unity.

All of us, to a certain extent, are people of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7). All of us are called to “the good life” (Küme Mongen), as the ancestral wisdom of the Mapuche people reminds us. How far we have to go, and how much we still have to learn! Küme Mongen, a deep yearning that not only rises up from our hearts, but resounds like a loud cry, like a song, in all creation. Therefore, brothers and sisters, for the children of this earth, for the children of their children, let us say with Jesus to the Father: may we too be one; make us artisans of unity.

[1] GABRIELA MISTRAL, Elogios de la tierra de Chile. [2] VIOLETA PARRA, Arauco tiena una pena. [3] Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, 246. [4] Message for the 2017 World Day of Peace.