Earlier this week, Bishop Paul Tighe, Adjunct Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican, visited Notre Dame Seminary to offer our annual Faculty Symposium lecture, with a response by my colleague and friend, Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome.
His lecture was entitled, “The Church in a Digital World: Sharing Good News in a changing cultural context.” He focused on the challenge to the Church in sharing the Good News of the Gospel in a culture that has been profoundly transformed by digital technologies. How can the Church be present to people who are citizens of a digital world, whose identity and sense of belonging have been profoundly conditioned by their on-line experiences? How can we express the truth of God’s love for all people to a public that is accustomed to the language and dynamics of digital communications? How do we invite people, whose understanding of friendship, community and engagement have been shaped by social media, to a relationship with Jesus in a communion of service?
He had a very busy week here, meeting and speaking with groups and individuals, holding interviews and celebrating Mass for the seminary community. It was a great honor! He even agreed to go to my daughters’ high school, Mount Carmel Academy, and address the young ladies on living out the faith in a digital culture. He was a hit because he is personable, engaging, connected to Pope Francis, has a global perspective, persuasively demonstrates the relevance of faith to real life, is up on youth culture and, most of all, has a cool Irish accent.
I asked him the day after his lecture if he would record a brief message for my Neal Obstat blog readers and he graciously agreed (a brief 2:20). Below that is his lecture to seminarians at the seminary (a longer 1:17:11), and below that is an amazing sight: a Vatican Bishop at the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW). Enjoy: