Recently, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, has been issuing brief – a just a couple minutes at a time – video messages via YouTube. He’ll tackle a topic in a single spot or in a short series. Right now his videos are about “vocation”. His channel is HERE.
This use of social media is excellent.
I bring this up today because I just discovered that another bishop, of Gallup, is using podcasts. H.E.M.R. James Wall has his podcast – or CrosierCast – to which you can subscribe on iTunes of Soundcloud. HERE His latest is “Tolkien, Part 1: Free Will and Fate in Western Myth”. I will remind the readership that recently Bp. Wall began to celebrate ad orientem versus in his cathedral. HERE
Back in 2009 I wrote a piece for the UK’s Catholic Herald in which I dealt with the critical importance of online ministry. I posted my op-ed HERE. I just re-read it. It is still timely even though it is now a decade old! Sheesh. Inter alia I opined that every diocese should have a “vicar for online ministry”. I see that some bishops… younger bishops… are taking matters into their own hands.
Back then I wrote:
Catholics intuitively look for leadership from priests, to be sure, but in a special way from diocesan bishops. I have met only a handful of bishops who actually grasp that there is an internet. Few take it seriously. On the live internet stream of the November meeting of the USCCB a bishop observed that, while he appreciated reducing paper consumption by giving him a CD-ROM disk, he didn’t know how to use it. I met a prelate in Rome, working in social communications, who didn’t know how to turn on his computer. An American Cardinal quizzed me about my footprint in cyberspace and mused, “More people read you in a day than read me in a week in our newspaper.” As a new generation of bishops emerges, episcopal savvy about modern tools of communication will improve. Nevertheless, bishops can’t themselves be the point men for a diocese’s online ministry.
Oh, my prophetic soul.
Now, for you readers…
Do you know of other bishops who are offering something like this via social media? I mean something substantive, worth tuning in for.