New Media at the Jordan River

A pilgrim reaches into the Jordan River. Photo taken by me, on pilgrimage in November 2010.

Bishop Oscar Cantu stood at the Jordan River with a group of Holy Land pilgrims this June. The group was ready to renew their baptismal promises at the place where their Lord was baptized.

Then, a complication: the pilgrimage leaders couldn’t locate the formula for baptismal promises. Where was that paper??

“Oh, no problem.” Bishop Cantu pulled out his smartphone and downloaded the formula. Ready to renew!

Isn’t it marvelous what new media can do?

(I heard this story today from my boss, Mary Jane Fox, who together with her husband Deacon Tom Fox led this pilgrim group through the Holy Land. She also noted that many of the pilgrims were using iPads and smartphones to capture their pilgrimage memories.)


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