Restrictions imposed during the pandemic have resulted in innovative ways to spread God’s Word and also inspired the topic of Oblate seminarian Br Joshua Nash’s master’s thesis. Source: The Southern Cross.
Last year Adelaide-born Br Joshua, 30, and fellow Oblate seminarians and priests found themselves developing new communication skills as they endeavoured to maintain contact with Melbourne parishioners who, like them, were in an extended lockdown.
“Myself and some of the other priests pretty much ordered a whole bunch of stuff from Amazon to set up our little film studio and started filming a whole lot of communications to send out so that people had some sort of spiritual nourishment during those lockdown times,” Br Joshua said.
“We set up livestreaming from our seminary chapel so people could watch Mass daily and that made me interested in this kind of work.
“Through my thesis I am now researching how to create a digital missiology for the Church to learn how the Church can understand its mission in the digital world.
“I look at some of my friends and their whole lives are lived through digital means – they shop online, they date online, they communicate online so it really is a massive aspect of our lives today and if we’re not bringing the gospel into that realm I think we are missing a massive opportunity.”
Evangelisation in today’s digital world (By Lindy McNamara, The Southern Cross)