Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Monastery,Seminary Event

Lecture on parochial cyberspace will be presented at Saint Meinrad

Monday, November 12
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST
Location: The Gallery, located on the first floor of St. Gregory Hall on the Saint Meinrad campus.

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The Institute for Priests and Presbyterates of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, will present a free lecture on Monday, November 12.

The lecture by Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP, is titled "Parochial Cyberspace: The Next Generation of Parish Community Centers, Revisited."

Blessed John Paul II, in his 36th World Communications Day speech of 2002 titled "Internet: A New Forum for Proclaiming the Gospel," challenged the Catholic Church to use the Internet as an evangelization tool. Responding to the reality of rapidly developing digital technologies, he asked whether the face and voice of Christ would emerge from the billions of images splashed on the Internet.

Priests ordained over the past decade are doing interesting things through the appropriate use of cyberspace in their parishes and dioceses. Dr. Mahfood's presentation will explore what is happening and discuss its impact on the Church's efforts to proclaim the Gospel.

The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. CST in the Gallery, located on the first floor of St. Gregory Hall on the Saint Meinrad campus.

Dr. Mahfood is a lay Dominican of the Chapter of the Holy Rosary in the province of St. Albert and director of distance learning at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Cromwell, CT. He holds a master's degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College & Seminary and a doctorate in postcolonial literature and theory from St. Louis University. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Dr. Stephanie Mahfood, and children, Alexander and Eva Ruth.

"Parochial Cyberspace: The Next Generation of Parish Community Centers, Revisited" is part of the Archbishop Thomas C. Kelly Lectures in Pastoral Practice series.

There is no cost for the lecture. Parking is available in the Guest House parking lot and the student parking lot on the south side of campus. Saint Meinrad operates on Central time.

For more information, call Mary Jeanne Schumacher during business hours at (812) 357-6501.