Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and meeting with Donna Farrell, the Director of Communications. As someone who grew up and lived in the City of Brotherly Love for most of my life, this was really an honor. Even though I now live in New Jersey, I’ll always be a “Philly Guy” at heart!
Donna and I spoke discussed ways that we could possibly work together to bring the “Good News” of our Catholic Faith to an even larger audience. I got to visit the Archdiocesan chapel, which was renovated under Cardinal Rigali’s leadership. We met in the Cardinal Foley room, named after the familiar voice of countless Midnight Masses on TV (and who’s currently battling leukemia and could use your prayers). We discussed how the Archdiocese is using social media to meet the people “where they are”.
And you know what? I got the same good feeling that I got when I toured the Miraculous Medal Shrine a few weeks ago. Donna and her staff are good people who really care about their duties. It’s obvious that this is not just “a job” for them, but a vocation. These are difficult times for Catholic dioceses and they could use your prayers. Mistakes have been made, apologies issued, people are hurting. However, we can’t ever forget that the bishops are the modern day Apostles and they have one of the most difficult jobs imaginable.
Knowing how dedicated these folks at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are, I’d like to suggest that you follow them on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, Cardinal Rigali also has his own Facebook fan page. Please keep our friends at the Philadelphia Archdiocese, our bishops and all diocesan workers in your prayers, as theirs can be a very difficult job!