As Pope Francis wrote in the 48th World Communications Day message... "The revolution taking place in communications media and in information technologies represents a great and thrilling challenge; may we respond to that challenge with fresh energy and imagination as we seek to share with others the beauty of God."
Social Media is fundamentally changing how people communicate. Our Church can not ignore it; in fact, it is our responsibility as Catholics to bring the Church's teachings into the "digital continent."
At the Archdiocese of Detroit, we see Social Media as a way for us to make disciples by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. You can connect with our various Social Media channels to engage in and receive information about different Archdiocesan events, Saints, Feast Days, and relevant Catholic news in and around Detroit.
As we work to Unleash the Gospel throughout our Archdiocese, we look to one of the original missionaries in Detroit for inspiration.
Fr. Gabriel Richard came to Detroit in 1798 after fleeing from France during the French Revolution. He became the pastor of Ste. Anne de Detroit and started the city's first newspaper after bringing a printing press to the city. Richard also co-founded the University of Michigan.
But Richard is best known for his ministry preaching the gospel to others and assisting the sick during a cholera epidemic. He passed away during the epidemic, but he left us the words that would later become the motto of the city of Detroit:
SPERAMUS MELIORA RESURGET CINERIBUS - "We hope for better things. It will rise again from the ashes"
#ResurgetDetroit brings the words of Fr. Gabriel Richard back into relevance. We use this hashtag as we continue to unleash the Gospel and watch Detroit "rise again".
Follow #ResurgetDetroit and our other Social Media campaigns as we team up with Dioceses around the country to promote the message of hope, joy and love:
Archdiocese of Detroit on Social Media
Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Social Media