Bill Schmitt

Bill Schmitt
Bill Schmitt is an independent journalist/broadcaster, media consultant and author with experience in specialized publications and Catholic education. His biography and his blog--focusing on news, social polarization and faith-based values--are found at OnWord.net. He is active in the Knights of Columbus and as a lifetime-professed member of the Secular Franciscan Order.

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Dr. Norman Francis, Notre Dame’s 2019 Laetare Medal awardee

Posted by Bill Schmitt on May 17, 2019 7:02:00 AM

 

At Notre Dame’s 174th University Commencement Ceremony on May 19, Dr. Norman C. Francis, the longtime president of Xavier University of Louisiana, will receive the 2019 Laetare Medal. This premier symbol annually honoring American Catholics will celebrate Francis’ “leadership in the fight for social justice through educational empowerment,” as University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, recently put it in a news release.

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Topics: Catholic education, communion of saints, leadership, vocation

Learning from the Exsultet, the proclamation hymn of Easter

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Apr 20, 2019 7:04:00 AM

Has your church sent out formal invitations to the Easter Vigil on the evening of Holy Saturday? Don’t worry. The most eloquent words of invitation are front-loaded right into the Easter Vigil liturgy itself. Beginning with the instruction that we in the pews, the whole Church, our world and the angels in heaven should get ready to “exult” tonight, the Proclamation of Easter calls us, in its own words, to an “ardent love of mind and heart.”

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Topics: Easter, Exsultet

Christus Vivit: Pope Francis on building robust community

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Apr 12, 2019 7:01:00 AM

 

A blog post yesterday looked at media-related insights in Pope Francis’ recently issued Christus Vivit, his Apostolic Exhortation on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

You’ll find below a second batch of quotations from the March 25, 2019, document. They acknowledge but transcend digital-world challenges, focusing on robust community life in general. The pope wrote largely about young people called to be missionary disciples—evangelizing even as they navigate the distorted culture of social media. They can’t heal a polarized society alone.

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Topics: Internet, Pope Francis, media, papal documents, Christus Vivit, young people

Christus Vivit: Pope Francis on digital media and young people

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Apr 11, 2019 7:02:00 AM

 

Pope Francis has once again expressed a set of prayer-provoking insights about our use of contemporary media and Catholic stewardship of the “Good News” amid a changing information culture that distorts human community.

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Topics: Internet, Pope Francis, media, papal documents, Christus Vivit, young people

Spirited song: Celebrating St. Joseph during Lent

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Mar 22, 2019 10:10:14 AM

 

Some milestones in the Lenten season are literally a pleasure to celebrate as days for rejoicing or gaining new insight or simply making this journey of ours a bit more sentimental. When the liturgical calendar brought us the solemnity of St. Joseph, spouse of the blessed Virgin Mary, on March 19, it was traditional and meaningful to have a parish party—a feast for the senses which help incarnate Eastertime love in god’s family.

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Topics: devotional music, saints, traditions, devotions

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