In advance of the Massachusetts Council of Churches Annual Meeting on Saturday April 28 at the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church we’re highlighting our fabulous panelists and workshop leaders. You can register “Christian Unity in the Digital Age” here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2934937477
Today, we’re featuring Domenico Bettinelli, Jr.,Creative Director of the Pilot New Media Group for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Domenico will be on the panel with UUA pastor Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein (aka PeaceBang) and Lutheran pastor Rev. Keith Anderson.
I first met Domenico at a meeting I set up at the Archdiocese of Boston Pastoral Center. I had asked for this meeting with Domenico and his colleague Scot Landry after I read about Pilot New Media on Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s blog. What a joy to meet the folks on the other end of the Facebook pages I kept tagging! At the Massachusetts Council of Churches, we were in the early stages of our push into new media and I was consistently impressed by how my Catholic colleagues were using these tools. Specifically, I was amazed by how Cardinal Sean’s blog invited the local faithful to a better understanding of what a Cardinal does, where he goes and who he meets with! I believe the blog began in Sept 2006 as a way to chronicle a World Youth Day pilgrimage. It was the first personal blog for a Cardinal. Sometime episcopal leadership can be perceived as inaccessible, but Cardinal Sean’s blog was a fascinating move to tell a story about life in the Archdiocese. Domenico and his colleagues are working across many platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flicker,YouTube, blogs, podcasts, and parish websites. In many ways, they are way ahead of other diocese, synods and other mid-level judicatories. But Domenico has been thinking about how the Church can use social media authentically for a long time. I believe Domenico’s insights about how a large Christian institution can embrace social media will be a great contribution to the panel discussion. Join us on Saturday 4/28 to hear Domenico speak and register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/2934937477
Domenico Bettinelli, Jr.
Creative Director, Pilot New Media Group of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
Short Bio: Domenico Bettinelli, Jr. is the founding Creative Director of the New Media Office. Previously, he worked in development for the Archdiocese and before that was Editor of Catholic World Report magazine. In 1996, he helped create Catholic World News, the first Catholic online news service. In 2001, he created one of the first identifiably Catholic blogs, Bettnet.com. He has a degree in Catholic theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is married to Melanie. They have four children and live in Holbrook, where they are members of St. Joseph Parish.