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August 24, 2009
Prendergast blogs about bishop's life
Archbishop Terrence Prendergast
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
OTTAWA - Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast is blogging an online journal called The Journey of a Bishop.
He's joined a handful of blogging bishops that includes Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley.
Prendergast does not know of any other Canadian bishops who blog. "Am I part of a trend? Who knows," he said.
You can find the archbishop's blog at http://archbishopterry.blogspot.com where he has been posting detailed descriptions of his busy days, his travels, and reflections on everything from theology, to local and Church history to the weather in Ottawa.
Prendergast also includes background information on various saints' days, including interesting tidbits about their personal lives.
On the recent Solemnity of the Assumption, Prendergast explained the roots of the traditional beliefs concerning the bodily assumption of the Virgin Mary and the eventual incorporation of the dogma into official Church teaching.
Prendergast began his blog last April. He had been talking about setting up a blog with his youth director Ted Hurley.
"He said, 'I've set up a site for you," Prendergast said. "Would you like to try it?' So I said, Okay."
But the blog sat there for a couple of weeks until Good Friday. Since then, he's posted virtually every day on an eclectic range of subjects.
FISH IN WATER
Hurley said he chose Blogspot as a blogging platform because it's user friendly and not very technical. How has the archbishop taken to blogging? "Sort of like a fish in water," Hurley said. "He loves sharing the journey that he's on."
For a few weeks, the blog contained text only, but the archbishop has since been displaying not only his own digital photos, but also pictures of great religious art and icons to match his various subjects. He has included travel photos and observations, such as his trip to France in July to ordain some priests at a Trappist monastery there.
The blog also provides a snapshot of a busy but joyous life among the faithful in the diocese, with many photos of the archbishop among his flock at various parishes throughout the large, bilingual diocese.
INTEREST IN YOUTH
"I think the blog is a sign of his sincere interest in the youth," said Hurley. "Blogging is a part of the younger generation, so he's reaching out through this media."
"I hope it has the effect of reaching out to some young people," Prendergast said. "But it's not just for them."
The archbishop admitted blogging can become time-consuming. He must sift through hundreds of emails every day.
But even though Prendergast thought the blogging would be temporary, or warns that blogging will be light because of impending travel or a retreat, he still has managed to blog almost every day of the week.