May 28, 2014
Lets subscribers download timely resources for ministry
Brings leaders together for podcasts, webinars, live events
Makes documents available anywhere, anytime
WASHINGTON—myUSCCB, an innovative resource that will give Church leaders, including clergy, parish and diocesan staff, and educators, access to resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be offered free of charge until July.
The first-of-its-kind resource has been developed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Communications Department and will allow members to
1. Download content for distribution
2. Discover timely resources for liturgical planning and celebration
3. Connect with experts through webinars, videos, podcasts and live events and
4. Customize booklets, brochures and other handouts with personalized info.
The downloadable resources are easy to print and can be distributed within a parish or diocesan office.
Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Communications Committee, praised the venture which makes life easier for the overworked staff in parishes, schools and other church institutions.
“myUSCCB is a response from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Department of Communications to the demands of Catholic ministry in an ever-changing environment,” Bishop Wester said. “Advances in technology and communications methods have made us accustomed to instant access to resources and answers to questions. myUSCCB allows you to download, print and share important resources for your ministry and learn from experts through live web events and podcasts. We hope people find it a useful tool for their good work.”
An initial offer prompted more than 700 dioceses and parishes to sign up for myUSCCB. Those who have signed up include bishops, pastors, adult faith formation leaders, directors of liturgy/worship, directors of religious education, catechists, evangelization leaders, deacons, and youth, young adult and religious education directors.
myUSCCB is built on a mobile first platform and is based in the cloud so documents can be accessed anywhere, any time.
Built for Catholic leaders, the product was developed by USCCB after extensively surveying church leaders to ask them what part of their ministry drains energy. Overwhelmingly, ministry leaders responded “being on the Internet” and doing “web searches” for content.
Additional information can be found on an introductory video at www.myUSCCB.org
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