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Using Media and Technology for Ministry

"Catechesis has to investigate new possibilities offered by the existence of the new technologies and image whole new models and systems if the Gospel message is to penetrate the culture, make sense to the next generation of Catholics, and bring about a response of faith." (National Directory for Catechesis, 16)


Casting Our Nets Into Digital Waters   (PowerPoint presentation by Sr. Caroline Cerveny)

What is Media Literacy Today?  (Haiku Deck slideshow by Sr. Helena Burns)

Forming Disciples in the Digital Age (PowerPoint presentation by Jonathan Sullivan)

Catechists can use visuals, audio and video to enliven and enhance sessions. The videos above gives us a peek into the world of modern technology where children and youth spend their time. Catechists cannot afford to be out of touch, or young people may simply tune out faith formation because we use outmoded and unfamiliar methods. Most adults today also use social media and technology and can be reached best through those media. Use email, Facebook pages and more and you will bring your message to people where they spend their time.

Computer-based technology and media can be used in faith formation sessions with or without a live internet connection, or assigned as homework for research and collaborative projects. Even better, catechists and leaders themselves can use social networking and other technology for their own professinal development: to learn about Catholic faith and new ideas for faith formation. Joe Paprocki has some ideas about how parishes can afford technology for catechists. He also has some suggestions for obtaining videos online.

Click on the links below to discover more about particular media strategies:

Audio &
Visual Media

Social Media

Feature Films
& Licensing

& Fair Use

 Faith Formation


Bells, Whistles and Technology Tools for the 21st Century Catechist
Create Lesson Plans Relating to Religion Using Movies and Film
Curating Faith Formation - (Links to share on ministry websites)
Catholic Digital Resources