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Catholic New Media Conference: Bloggers' Summit Speakers Announced

5/17/2012 - 11:08 AM PST

Catholic PRWire

ROSWELL, GA (May 17, 2012) - The Star Quest Production Network (SQPN) is pleased to announce additional speakers for the International Bloggers' Summit to be held as part of the 2012 Catholic New Media Conference.


Joining Jennifer Fulwiler and Elizabeth Scalia for the International Bloggers' Summit, on the final day of the CNMC will be:

Julie Davis - Raised by atheists and a convert to Catholicism, she is an author and a blogger at Happy Catholic ( and podcasts at A Good Story is Hard to Find ( Her presentation is entitled "Catholic Bloggers: Are We the 1st Corinthians of the Internet?"

Dorian Speed is the Web Editor of Dappled Things literary magazine and has written for various online and print publications. She also blogs at Scrutinies ( Her presentation is entitled "Gather Round the Combox, Y'all!: Building a Blog Community"

Sarah Reinhard is author of several books, including the recently published Catholic Family Fun: A Guide for the Adventurous, Overwhelmed, Creative, or Clueless. Her blog is the popular Snoring Scholar ( Sarah will speak about "How does blogging fit in with your real life?"

Patrick Carney & John Lindner from Catholic Relief Services. Utilizing the experiences of CRS, they will present examples of the best-kept secrets and little-known pearls of the Catholic Church in their presentation "How to Tell the Global Catholic Story".

Dr. Jim Coyle - A Communication Arts professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Dr. Coyle will share his experiences designing and maintaining blogs as a means of personal outreach with his presentation "Blogging to Share and Serve: Essential - and Free - Themes, Plugins and Tools for Your WordPress Blog and Website".

Lisa Jones & Shelly Kelly are sisters who blog at Of Sound Mind and Spirit ( Their presentation, "Go Out in the World: Engaging Community", will present five non-technical strategies designed to help the average blogger amplify their faith filled message in New Media.

Lisa and Joel Schmidt blog at The Practicing Catholic ( They will share their enthusiasm for evangelizing in the digital continent with their presentation "Starting a Blog Without a Clue: 10 Basic Things We Learned in the First 2 Years"


The 5th annual Catholic New Media Conference will be held at the Arlington Convention Center (Arlington, TX) on August 29-31, 2012. For the first time, the CNMC will be meeting in the same location as the Catholic Marketing Network trade show and the meetings of the Catholic Writers Guild.

The CNMC is a festive, educational, and international conference focused on evangelization and building community through the use of new media. This event is designed to connect, guide and inform Catholic communicators as a response to the Church's call for new evangelization.

All interested in Catholic communication, new media, and social media are invited, including young adults (18+), ministry leaders, and priests and religious, to whom Pope Benedict appealed in his 2010 World Communications Day message, to "become an ever more pastoral presence on the web."

The final day of the CNMC is dedicated to blogging and is titled the "International Catholic Bloggers' Summit." We are confident that all involved in Catholic communication will find this day both fun and informational.


Registration and the latest program information can be found at

Sponsorship and Vendor opportunities are also available! Please contact for details.


SQPN, the Star Quest Production Network, is a non-profit Catholic apostolate dedicated to evangelization and formation through new media. SQPN creates engaging multi-media, specializing in audio and video productions (known as podcasts) faithful to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. Its mission responds to the Church's call to use the media for religious information, evangelization and catechesis, and formation and education.

"Star Quest" refers to the star of Bethlehem that emerged and caught the attention of three Magi from foreign cultures. The Magi's quest led to the discovery of the newborn Savior. The programs of SQPN tap into popular culture inviting people to journey together and discover their own encounter with Christ.


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