Digital Discipleship: Transforming Ministry Through Technology

Archive for July, 2011

Have You Heard of Google+ ?

Will G+ be a better option than FB? Who knows right now!

If you’ve noticed news about Google+, it is just around the corner from being launched!  What is Google+? A means for social networking with your friends and colleagues!  Is it different from Facebook?  Of course!  So, it is probably worth checking out.

Rich Jennings, ComputerWorld blogger, is able to send you invites to join the Plus Project Circle.  Check out his article ” Get a Google+ invite here: join Plus project circle.”

Brad West, a nearby blogger who lives in Palm Coast, FL, recently caught my eye with his published eBook titled “The Connected Church” which is available through Barnes and Noble (Nooks and Nook apps) as well as Amazon (Kindle and Kindle apps).  I’ve been following his blog since I read his book.  His July 15, 2011 post “What is Google+ And Can It Benefit Catholic Parishes”  offers ways a Catholic parish could use this tool.

To learn more about this NEW tool, check out these Google+ videos:

Of course, if you like this article, click the “Like” button, share this post with a friend, or add a comment to engage in the conversation.  Questions are welcomed!

Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny

Technology Prayers

I’m facilitating the Summer Institute for Technology and Ministry this summer in the St. Petersburg Diocese.  We’re having a wonderful time learning the culture and language of the ever evolving Digital World that surrounds us.

Just wanted to share a couple of the prayers that we have used in our sessions.

The Technology Canticle

We praise You, Lord, for all Your digital world,

especially for Brother Blog,

who is the gift through whom You give us conversation.

And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,

of You Most High, he bears your likeness.

We praise You, Lord, for Twitter,

in the heavens you have made the tweet short, quick, and easy.

We praise You, Lord, for Brothers LinkedIn and Flickr,

professional and a sea of networks,

by which You cherish the photos of what you have gifted us with.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Facebook,

filled with family and friends, news, and connections all across the globe.

We praise You, Lord, for Sister Earth,

who sustains us

with her fruits, colored flowers, and herbs.

Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF created this contemporary take on St. Francis’ well known prayer, Canticle of the Creatures

Blessing of our Cell Phones

Blessed are You, eternal God,

King of the universe:

You have called us in Jesus to be Your beloved people,

living pure and blameless lives in Your sight.

Bless + this cell phone.

Let your Spirit guide our words, texts, photos and videos

so that the light of Christ may shine before all

and lead all who receive them to give You praise.

May our words, texts, photos and videos be filled with the spirit of love,

with the obedience of faith,

and the strength of hope.

Make our lives be joyful in Your service,

and bring those we connect with closer to You.

Father all-holy,

we praise Your Name,

and ask this blessing through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

This prayer is adapted from the Family Blessing. 

Prayer to St. Francis de Sales Patron Saint of Journalists

Most loving and lovable Saint Francis de Sales,

you preached to thousands with the pen,

introducing them to “the devout life.”

You wrote sublimely about God’s love

and made countless converts by your Christlike kindness.

Make writers realize the power of the Press

and inspire them with your zeal for spreading truth.

Help them to write honestly no matter what the subject,

so that they will really contribute to bringing about

God’s kingdom. Amen.

Copyright ©2011 Caroline Cerveny

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