Diocesan Communication Survey

February 2009

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We live in an age of instant, digital communication and ever changing technologies. Even your bishop has had to adapt to a world of cell phones and e-mails. For our younger generation, they have simply grown-up in a world permeated by the Web, instant messages and Facebook. Our Holy Father, who has increasingly made himself present through digital technologies, recently noted how these same technological tools are bringing about “a fundamental shift in the patterns of communication and human relationships.”

As Christ’s Faithful living in this modern, digital world, we must be ready to make use of every tool available to spread the Gospel. Every great evangelizer from St. Paul to our own Fulton Sheen, used the media of their day to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ and to better connect believers within the Family of the Church.

I believe that our Local Church can and should make better use of the tools of communication so that we can be better evangelists. I have asked the staff of The Catholic Post, its board of directors and other members of the Diocesan Curia to undertake a comprehensive, yearlong study of our diocesan communications. With assistance from Bradley University, you may soon receive a survey about Church and diocesan related communications and media.

Your input is invaluable as we dedicate ourselves to better communication, and therefore better evangelization in the context of our digital world.
This year The Catholic Post celebrates 75 years of uniting our diocese through communication. I am firmly committed to The Post as an excellent source of adult formation and catechesis in our diocese. I encourage all Catholics to receive and read The Catholic Post. As we celebrate its past, The Post will serve as a vital part of the communication efforts for future generations.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C.
BISHOP OF PEORIA

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