Loading
Cincinnati archbishop holds video conference with high school students
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The new Archbishop of Cincinnati Dennis Schnurr on Thursday held a video conference with nine Cincinnati-area Catholic high schools. He took questions from students in the archdiocese’s widest test of the technology yet.

The 61-year-old Archbishop Schnurr conducted the event while seated among two dozen La Salle High School seniors in the school’s media library. The Cincinnati Inquirer reports that small real-time images of students at the other schools appeared on a web page that was projected onto a wall’s large white screen.

The technology, an internet videoconferencing service that costs about $400 per month, generally worked throughout the event. Those schools with technical difficulties had their students text message or phone their comments.

Students reported that some questions were prepared or refined by adults.

Responding to one question, the archbishop explained that his first priorities are to spread Jesus’ teachings and to get youth more involved in the Church.

La Salle senior Andrew Engel voiced concern that many parishes don’t have youth ministries.

Archbishop Schnurr said that parishes should incorporate young people into their councils and committees.

"But I also encourage young people not to stand back and wait to be invited," he said. "Step forward and say you want to be part of this."

Students asked about just war ethics, whether the archbishop was concerned about losing Catholics to large non-denominational Protestant churches, and what he planned to do to bring more young people into the priesthood.

Other questions concerned falling Catholic school enrollments and how to increase pay for Catholic school teachers.

The archbishop reported that lay people such as financial professionals, attorneys, business owners and doctors are offering him help to find better ways to funds schools and teacher’s salaries.

"Over the years our schools have become out of range for some families who live in poverty," he said. "Our schools are there to present the teachings of Christ to everyone."

Archbishop Schnurr, who owns an iPhone, added that the Catholic Church should deliver Christ’s teaching in new ways, using technology. He encouraged churches and schools to promote a “culture of vocations’ so youth can hear God’s call.

"This is venturing into a whole area of communications that is new to me," the archbishop said of the video conference. "But I think it's good."

He told the Cincinnati Inquirer the technology may be a valuable communication method for the archdiocese, which covers 19 Ohio counties with 114 schools and almost 45,000 students.

David Volk, La Salle’s technology director, said that Archbishop Schnurr could hold “fireside chats” with parishioners without leaving his office.

"I wouldn't say this is cutting-edge technology, but it's pretty awesome for a high school to do," he remarked.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
23

Liturgical Calendar

November 23, 2014

OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 25:31-46

Gospel
Date
11/23/14
11/22/14
11/21/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 11-12, 15-17
Second Reading:: 1 Cor 15: 20-26, 28
Gospel:: Mt 25: 31-46

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/23/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 19:45-48

Homily
Date
11/21/14
11/20/14
11/19/14