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Digital Evangelization Conference Resources

The new evangelization calls the Church to use every resource at our disposal to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As pastors, priests and religious, parish leaders and staff, you know this means using digital and social communications to reach out to the people in your community. 
Get Connected, Spread the Word was a digital evangelization conference especially for pastors, priests and religious, parish leaders and staff in our diocese. Building on the energy and enthusiasm of our 2014 diocesan assembly, this conference offered insight and direction from leaders in digital evangelization, including the Pope’s own Twitter expert



You Are a Content Evangelist! (pdf file)
Patrick O’Brien



Keynote address by Msgr. Paul Tighe, (pdf file)

Part One (mp3 audio file, 09:22)
Part Two (mp3, 13:26)
Part Three (mp3, 16:07)
Part Four (mp3, 20:31) 

Get Social for #Jesus (pdf file)
by Fr. Eric Sundrup, S.J.

Part One (mp3, 14:06)
Part Two (mp3, 18:47)

Michigan Catholic Conference Resources

Resources for Dioceses and Parishes 
Lansing Update: Legislative Weekly Newsletter 
Monthly Column: The Word from Lansing 
YouTube Video Promoting CAN


Click here for a digital edition of the Conference workbook. 

Click here for a PDF of the Conference workbook.


Msgr. Paul Tighe
Secretary for the Pontifical Council for Social Communications
The Vatican





Monsignor Paul Tighe was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2007, and in July of 2014, Pope Francis also appointed him Secretary on the Committee for Vatican Media. Monsignor Tighe grew up in Navan, County Meath, northwest of Dublin, Ireland. A graduate of University College Dublin, he entered the seminary at the city’s Holy Cross College and also studied at the Pontifical Irish College, Rome. Ordained in 1983 in the Diocese of Dublin, Msgr. Tighe’s first appointment was as parish chaplain and teacher in Ballyfermot. Later, he studied moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and in 1990 became a lecturer in Moral Theology in the Mater Dei Institute of Education at Dublin City University, where he was appointed head of the Theology department in 2000. In 2004, Monsignor Tighe was named director of the diocesan communications office, where he served until he was called to serve at the Vatican. Along with Council president Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, Monsignor Tighe has revolutionized Vatican communications, perhaps most emblematically by establishing the twitter handle @Pontifex for Pope Benedict. Continuing the commitment to communicating through social media, Pope Francis also tweets in five languages from @Pontifex.

Eric M. Sundrup, SJ
Founder of The Jesuit Post
Campus Minister, St. Mary Student Parish, Ann Arbor



Eric M. Sundrup, SJ, was ordained a priest of the Society of Jesus in 2014 and is missioned to St. Mary Student Parish at the University of Michigan. A native of Cincinnati and a graduate of Xavier University, Father Sundrup entered the Society in 2003. As a novice, he discovered a love of Spanish language and culture during a summer trip to Peru, a passion that remains. At Loyola University Chicago, he earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 2008, and was later missioned to the Instituto de Idiomas Maryknoll in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for four months of intensive Spanish study followed by a six-month teaching assignment at Colegio Miguel Pro in Tacna, Peru. Missioned next to Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Chicago, Father Sundrup taught biology and also served as a college counselor, where his ability to communicate with students’ parents in their native Spanish was tremendously valuable. For the last three years of his formation, he studied at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Master of Divinity while serving as a deacon at St. Raymond’s, a bilingual parish in Dublin, California. Father Sundrup was the co-founder in 2012 of The Jesuit Post, a website to discuss the intersection of faith and culture for a young adult audience.