CNMC comes to Boston – Aug 7


Catholic New Media Conference

The Star Quest Production Network (SQPN) announces the
third annual Catholic New Media Celebration, to be held in Boston, Massachusetts on
August 7, 2010, answering the Catholic Church’s call for a new evangelization and
Benedict XVI’s recent message that God’s Love “must be expressed in the digital world… as
something concrete, present and engaging.”

The Catholic New Media Celebration (CNMC) is a festive, educational, and international
conference focused on evangelization and building community through new media. This
event is designed to inform and inspire how interactive new media platforms, such as
blogging, podcasting, and social media are created, shared, and implemented. Within
an atmosphere of Christian community, attendees will learn how to effectively create and
share powerful, unique content for the benefit of the universal Catholic Church.

“This year’s CNMC will focus particularly on three things,” says Fr. Roderick Vonhögen,
CEO of SQPN. “We will be exploring the best practices for creating quality content; how
authentic catechesis and spirituality are incorporated; and, how a true sense of mission is
instilled in those who consume this media and become a part of our online communities,” he

Registration is now open at All interested in New Media are
invited, including young adults (18+), ministry leaders, and priests and religious, to whom
Pope Benedict appealed in his 2010 World Communications Day message, to “become an
ever more pastoral presence on the web.”

SQPN gratefully acknowledges the Archdiocese of Boston for hosting the CNMC on August
7th at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, MA. A pre-event reception will take place on August
6th at the Omni Parker House Hotel in Boston.

Keynote speakers for the Catholic New Media Celebration are Fr. Robert Reed and Mr.
Lino Rulli.

FATHER ROBERT REED, Director of the ever-growing CatholicTV® Network, promotes the
dynamic use of television and new media for effective and entertaining Catholic
programming. A priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, Father Reed prepared for the
priesthood at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and studied Broadcast
Administration at Boston University’s School of Communication.

LINO RULLI currently produces Lino at Large, a radio program/podcast sponsored by the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, syndicated on college radio stations, and
affiliated with SQPN. He is host of The Catholic Guy radio show airing on The Catholic
Channel of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Lino Rulli has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Communications and a Master’s Degree in Theology.

In addition to the keynote presentations by Fr. Reed and Mr. Rulli, the CNMC program will
include three breakout tracks.

Podcasting Track – The Podcasting Track, hosted by Fr. Roderick Vonhögen leading a
team of SQPN podcasters, will focus on the necessary elements for creating a high quality
and authentically Catholic show. Both instructional and inspirational, this track will conclude
with a live recording of SQPN’s flagship program, “The Break with Fr. Roderick.”

Blogging Track – New this year, the Blogging Track presents Thomas Peters (American
Papist at and Sarah Reinhard (Just Another Day of Catholic
Pondering at sharing their varied expertise and insights about Catholic
blogging. Also, blogger and author Rachel Balducci (Testosterhome,, How Do You Tuck In a Superhero?) will lead a panel discussion
with guest bloggers.

Children’s Track – This new family-friendly track led by Allyson Sweeney from SQPN’s
Catholic Family show will introduce youngsters to the fun of creating their own
podcasts. Lisa Mladinich of will demonstrate children’s catechesis
with Bible-based puppet shows and more. (Space and age limitations apply, see registration

The New Media Gallery is an opportunity for bloggers, podcasters, and other producers of
new media to exhibit their expertise. Gallery contributors may display their best practices,
innovations, and creative endeavors in an exhibit area, plus interact with conference
attendees at designated times. For details, see the Call for Presentations at

The Archdiocese of Boston is host to the CNMC on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at the Pastoral
Center of the Archdiocese, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA 02184. The CNMC begins at 9:00
am and ends at 5:00 pm.

A pre-event Meet-and-Greet reception, sponsored by the Catholic Company, will be held
Friday, August 6th, from 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Omni Parker House Hotel, the official hotel of
the CNMC, located at 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108.

SQPN, the Star Quest Production Network, is a non-profit Catholic apostolate dedicated to
evangelization and formation through new media. SQPN creates engaging multi-media,
specializing in audio and video productions (known as podcasts) faithful to the teachings of
the Roman Catholic Church. Its mission responds to the Church’s call to use the media for
religious information, evangelization and catechesis, and formation and education. is a portal for a select number of affiliated Catholic podcasters that share the
vision and media strategy of SQPN.

“Star Quest” refers to the star of Bethlehem that emerged and caught the attention of three
Magi from foreign cultures. The Magi’s quest led to the discovery of the newborn Savior.
The programs of SQPN tap into popular culture inviting people to journey together and
discover their own encounter with Christ.

Steve Nelson, Executive Director
Star Quest Production Network
Additional information available online at

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