Video interview with Archbishop Dolan about Haiti relief

Our Rome bureau chief, John Thavis, tonight caught up with the chairman of Catholic Relief Services, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, for a video interview about the tragedy in Haiti. Archbishop Dolan was in Rome for celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the North American College, the U.S. national seminary.

(We’ve substituted the three-minute, edited version here.)

Priests on Facebook

While some may scoff at Facebook, others, like Father Nels Gjengdahl, associate pastor at St. Odilia in Shoreview, Minn., views the online social networking site as “an avenue” to make connections with young people.

The 29-year-old priest even posts his homilies on his Facebook page.

Father Gjengdahl and other priests spoke with The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, about how they use Facebook in their priestly ministry.

The topic of using online tools in ministry is also getting some attention at St. Paul Seminary in Minnesota. Father Robert Pish, dean of men at the seminary, said faculty and staff members are just starting to look more closely at this.

Although he didn’t give Facebook a big shout out, he did acknowledge that it shouldn’t be ignored.

“This is the way people are communicating, today,” he said. ” Whether we like it or not, it is a way to reach out to people and we shouldn’t reject it out of hand.”