Using the Media for Good

This post is dedicated to various kinds of Catholic organizations that are using media for God’s glory. Know any great examples? Share them in a comment!

Religious Orders

Check out what can happen when Catholics use the media for a good and holy purpose in this video. The Alexian brothers, founded by the courageous St. Alexius many centuries ago, felt called to spread the word about their charism through the media:

Grassroots Films has done astounding things for Catholic media. Two of their great vocation videos are Ordination 2009 for the Archdiocese of New York and “Ordinary Men…Sacred Calling” about the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres. (My friend Bro. Sebastian is in this one!)

Catholic Schools

I’ve been grateful for the video ministry coming from John Paul the Great University found here, where Prof. Michael Barber leads a wonderful reflection on the Sunday readings. The project seems to have been put on hold for a while, but I check every weekend for a new installment.

A lesser-known school that is beginning to focus its efforts on traditional and new media is St. Mary’s University. (That’s right, I’m more than a little biased…) This video is a great example for other schools of ways to recruit new students, encourage alumni and benefactors, and inspire university community members.

Laity

I remember watching this commercial for the first time at the Catholic New Media Celebration in Atlanta in June of 2008. It and its many accompanying videos and online materials were created by the Catholics Come Home apostolate, which God has worked through to bring many to the Church.

But you don’t have to be a large organized group to make a different with media. You can just be a student like Cory Heimann.

Clergy

When I found Fr. Johannes’ videos, I thought they were the coolest things I’d seen on YouTube. Check out his channel there or his longer videos on Vimeo. Here’s just one of many:

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