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St. Catharines Diocese Builds A Virtual Cathedral

2/17/2012 - 5:17 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

St. Catharines, ON (February 17, 2012) - This past week, the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines, unveiled what they are calling, their Virtual Cathedral -- a "beyond-brick-and-mortar" approach to the new evangelization. is the diocese's new prime e-real estate development. And its a towering beauty! -- buttressed in limestone and reaching the blue of the heavens. The bridge motif is striking and unique among online Catholic outposts. But perhaps not surprising considering the superabundance of bridges that stitch the fertile and picturesque Niagara peninsula together.

"In our beautiful Niagara region, where so many people come to recreate, we wanted to build a major shrine, to serve as a bridge and a signpost on the internet highway. We wish to remind people of the source of their re-creation; our loving Creator.", says Bishop Bergie.

Like many excellent diocesan web sites, provides a unified platform to everything Catholic within the diocese. But what sets this one apart is its striking appearance, its unique goal to touch the hearts of travelers through its borders, and its deployment of social communication tools that allow visitors to dialogue and contribute to the on-going construction of this "cathedral".

With weekly Youtube videos and twitters St. Catharine's local ordinary, Bishop Gerard Bergie, hopes to reach out to his flock in dynamic ways. But this outreach Bishop Bergie regards as a call to dialogue. People can respond through the use of cutting-edge tools on the site. Special emphasis is given to crafting of a silent space, where youth can listen to that small voice of God in discernment and where all people of good will can come to explore and encounter Christ in this "cathedral's" courtyard.

In the words of the project's media developer, Anton Casta, "It takes many artisans to build a place such as, This is not the time for us to be timid in this age of media revolution. Media is our inheritance as Catholics since it is Christ who is our First Media, the one who first shows us the exchange of persons which is the life of the Trinity. And media must always be rooted in this authentic exchange of persons if it is to build up our human family in love. I hope we've taken a bold step in incarnating this conviction."

That fresh approach to building a living place is echoed in the diocese's media campaign entitled, Where Faith Lives, which contains among other things, a 60 second TV spot commercial that is to be aired by Salt and Light TV in Toronto. It is also available for viewing on

At a time when the world tends to marginalize the Catholic Church and trivialize the western world's indebtedness to Christian culture, this beautiful "cathedral" comes as a bold restatement of the Gospel mandate to proclaim Jesus Christ to the world.

Will travelers to Niagara notice? We think so.
The Diocese of St. Catharines is headquartered in Thorold, Ontario, Canada. Spokesman for is Bishop Gerard Bergie or Chancellor Msgr. Wayne Kirkpatrick
1-905-684-0154 | |


Diocese of St. Catharines  , L2V 4Y6 CA
Wayne Kirkpatrick - Chancellor,  1-905-684-0154


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