As my readers know, I attended the SQPN CNMC MMX this past weekend. I have to admit, the initials are better then having to say the Star Quest Production Network Catholic New Media Celebration 2010. This was a gathering of the best minds in Catholic Podcasting and Blogging, and I was hoping to learn a thing or two from the creativity that could be found there.
I will not recap the events of the event. Many others have done that already and are much better at that sort of thing then I am. I will highlight a few things that were most powerful for me. First, I met people … a lot of people. Many of these individuals I know from Twitter, Facebook as well as the podcasts and blogs that I follow. I was amazing to talk to these individuals in person and to witness their drive and energy first hand. People like Barb Gilman (a.k.a. Barb in Nebraska), a 3rd grade teacher in a Catholic school who has so much energy that she probably puts her 3rd graders to shame; and Maria “Bego” Johnson from another cup of coffee, who is the classic Cubanita and a hoot to be around.
There were so many others that I met and had the opportunity to chat with, including Pat and Brian Padley from In Between Sundays, Dr. Paul Camarata from The SaintCast, Fr. Jay Finelli from iPadre, Fr. Jim Tucker from The Catholic Creativity Community and even Dane Falkner who leads the team at DivineOffice.org. I even made some new local friends while I was there too.
The highlight for me was being able to chat briefly with His Eminence, Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, the “Blogging Cardinal” and who happens to be the shepherd of my Church. He is such a humble man! The Archdiocese of Boston is truly blessed to have him. His blog , Cardinal Seán’s Blog, gives you a peek into the life of a bishop and is a great way to stay on top of all the good work happening across our diocese.
Reflecting on the events and speakers of the CNMC, I have decided to add a new segment to my blog that will focus on catechesis. I will select a topic monthly and write a reflection on the catechesis behind that topic. Ultimately, I would not be using this blog to it’s fullest potential if I did not use it to share the Gospels in some way. I hope this proves helpful to those that have questions about the faith and the Church’s teachings.
Until next time, keep sharing the faith!