Site brings Catholic resources to U.S. Military families worldwide
WASHINGTON, D.C.—With Lent starting this week, the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) today announced launch of a new Digital Media Center for Catholic ministry leaders, catechists, and individuals stationed worldwide in the United States Military as well as those under observation or treatment in the nation’s Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers.
The AMS Digital Media Center, now online at resources.milarch.org, offers single-site access to a wide array of media tools for faith formation, practice, and leadership. These tools include live streaming video, podcasts, or blogs by noted Catholic clergy, spiritual leaders, and noted speakers such as Father Robert Barron. Current links and postings focus heavily on the Lenten penitential season with titles such as “What are the Practices of Lent;” “A Time to Enrich Others by Our Own Poverty;” and “What is the Story with LENT.”
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, appears on video from Jerusalem, extending a warm welcome to visitors. Directly addressing Catholic servicemen in his greeting, Archbishop Broglio says:
“I am well aware of the many moves that each one of you endures in service to our country to support the mission and in pursuit of peace. As you support the mission of your command, remember also to pursue daily your mission of faith as well… This Digital Media Center has a wealth of resources to support you, to challenge you, and to encourage you to deepen your relationship with the living Christ. I pray that these videos, podcasts, photos, audio talks, and music will provide such encounters that you will want to share with others.”
The Digital Media Center features content largely appealing to service members as well as their families, with particular attention paid to topics of interest to young adults, the largest population in the military. Currently, for example, visitors can watch Father Barron’s reflection on modern day culture; Father Steve Gibson’s explanation of why sex is sacred; and Bishop John Quinn’s perspective on the importance of encouraging lay involvement in the Church. Membership, although free, is not required to view free documents and videos, and listen to free audios. However, visitors are invited to join so they can receive notifications and participate in the On-Line community, and membership is required to actually upload media.
Dr. Mark Moitoza, AMS Vice-Chancellor for Evangelization, said:
“A great deal of content has been donated for those serving in the military and their families. Some content is offered for a small fee. Ministry leaders and those new to the faith will find digital content particular to the liturgical seasons, the Sunday readings, and important topics relevant to the Catholic faith. These digital resources support small faith groups, catechetical gatherings for all ages, and strive to connect young adults with engaging content. The AMS Digital Media Center engages both the individual and the wider community to build the habits of discipleship through daily reflection and prayer.”
In order to watch videos in the AMS Digital Media Center, visitors must have access to the following system requirements: Macromedia Flash Player 7.0+ plug-in; Windows 2000 or higher with latest updates installed; Mac OS X 10.3 or higher; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 6.0+, or Safari 1.0+; Broadband connection with 500+ Kbps. The visitor can view an image, watch a video, or play an audio simply by clicking on the title or thumbnail (small version) of the image corresponding to the desired file. This will activate the media player and start the video or audio. Answers to questions may be found in the Helpsection, or by clicking “Contact Us,” at the bottom of the screen on the sitemap bar.
Photo Cutline: New Digital Media Center of the Archdiocese for the Military Services.