|With the touch of a button, Bishop David Choby officially launched his Facebook page following the ordination of Fathers Rodolfo Rivera and Daniel Steiner. Looking on are Bill Staley, left, Joan Watson, and Brandon Quigley. The introductory video on his page has garnered 14,000 views since it was posted two weeks ago.
Inviting people to “Come and See,” Diocese of Nashville Bishop David Choby has officially launched a Facebook page.
The bishop made his first posts immediately following the June 3 ordination of the diocese’s newest priests, Fathers Rodolfo Rivera and Daniel Steiner. He congratulated them and shared a YouTube video that presents an overview of the past and present of the diocese.
So far, the “Come and See” video has garnered 14,000 views and the bishop has received more than 800 “likes” since launching his page two weeks ago.
While it took the urging of some younger Catholic Pastoral Center employees for the bishop to join Facebook, he said, “If it’s helpful to make a connection, I’m glad to do it.”
“We’ve received a big boost since getting it out there,” said Bill Staley, director of youth and young adult ministry for the Diocese of Nashville, who is assisting Bishop Choby in managing his Facebook page. To be clear, Staley said, “he generates the content and we post it for him.”
Staley, along with Brandon Quigley, assistant director of youth ministry, and Joan Watson, director of adult formation for the diocese, have teamed up to increase the Diocese of Nashville’s efforts to “engage people on the great digital continent,” Staley said, invoking Pope Benedict XVI’s words to describe their mission.
The internet presents “an awesome opportunity to evangelize people,” Staley said. “We want to be a light in the darkness on social media.”
Bishop Choby, while not as tech-savvy as some of his fellow bishops, recognizes the importance of engaging the people of the diocese through social media. “In the current climate, social media, Facebook and others, are the means by which younger people are accustomed to communicating.”
“We want to help people connect with strong Catholic content,” said Staley. Right now, visitors to Bishop Choby’s facebook page can link to
, an initiative of Staley’s, “to help young adults find a parish and community where they find comfort, friendship and are encouraged in their faith.”
Staley and Watson have also started a “
” YouTube channel, which includes the first in an on-going series of “3 Minute Theology” segments. The first one is on the sacrament of Reconciliation; future segments are planned on other sacraments and topics of particular interest to young adults.
With all their digital outreach efforts, Staley and company are seeking “to bring people closer to Christ wherever they are, and in this day and age, they’re on their phones and mobile devices.”