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Subject Matters, Faithful Traveler and other great conversations

This week, on the best of the SLHour, S+L producer, Sebastian Gomes tells us why we need another Catholic book show and we learn about traveling in the Holy Land with The Faithful Traveler‘s Diana von Glahn; We also meet Australian singer/songwriter Maria Pineda of the Verbum Dei Fraternity, and catch up with Fr. Robert Galea.

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Listen to other interviews with Fr. Rob Galea:
March 2, 2013
December 11, 2010
and the very first time we heard about Fr. Rob, when he was still a seminarian: This special concert we aired on May 23, 2009.

For more, here’s a interview Deacon Pedro did with Fr. Rob for Catholic Focus:

 

Crabby Mystic; Sleepless Nights and other conversations

This week, on the best of the SLHour, we speak with Sr. Mary Rowell about promoting a culture of vocations; we also speak with Sr. Mary Lea Hill about being a crabby mystic; Rebecca Roubion has a new album, Sleepless Nights and we meet singer/songwriter Shaun Garrison.

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Listen to Rebecca Roubion’s last interview about Sleepless Nights from October 24, 2015.

You can also listen to Rebecca Roubion’s first interview on the SLHour from April 2014. and also to the interview about her Christmas album from Dec. 2014.

Dynamic Deacon and other great conversations


This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we celebrate one of the greatest spiritual thinkers of our time, Henri Nouwen; Dynamic Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers tells us what is an authentic male spirituality; We meet singer/songwriter and entertainer, Kyle Heimann and we catch up with Mikey Needleman.

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For more on Henri Nouwen, watch Catholic Focus: The Way of the Heart.

Catholic Fiction for all ages, and other great conversations!

This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, Sr. Priscilla Solomon, CSJ tells us how it’s possible to be aboriginal and Catholic at the same time and we learn about good Catholic fiction for all ages. We also meet singer/songwriter Jonathan Hilsden and catch up with Sarah Hart.

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Watch Deacon Pedro’s conversation with Sr. Priscilla Solomon, CSJ on Perspectives: The Weekly Edition. That’s also where you’ll find all the resources mentioned in the interview.

Listen to Sarah Hart’s other interviews on the SLHour:
June 29, 2013
November 23, 2013
Christmas Special 2011
January 29, 2011 
June 26, 2009

And for a real throwback treat, here’s a TV interview Deacon Pedro did with Sarah Hart in 2009 for Catholic Focus.

Way of the Cross comic book and other great conversations


This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we learn about the new Way of the Cross comic book and author Sally Read shares her conversion story. We also meet singer/songwriter PJ Anderson and Lupe Rios has a new album.

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The Face of Mercy and other great conversations

This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we speak with author Chris Stepien about how to live life to the fullest and we reconnect with singer/songwriter Mags. Producer David Naglieri tells us about the latest Knights of Columbus films and John Michael Talbot has a new album.

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Church PR: Marketing 101 – Back to basics


By Daniel Torchia
@dantorchia
Listen to this whole Media Ministry Minutes segment on this week’s SLHour.

When you hear or read the word Marketing, what does that conjure up in your mind? If you’re like most people, you’re likely thinking about advertising, branding, websites, email blasts, special promotions etc. All too often, we equate Marketing to these tactical – though very important – activities. We tend to forget or do not realize that it’s much larger than this.

Many Marketing introductory classes will start with the four or five Ps: Product or Service, Place of Distribution, Price or Cost, Promotions, Publics.

The American Marketing Association offers this definition:

“Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.”

When we, the Church, re-focus to these broader and more accurate definitions of Marketing, we realize that it hits closer to the core of our “offering” or value to society. Most of us will agree it’s advisable to reconsider the use of the 5 Ps in today’s Church – to the degree possible outside of the sacraments and other core elements of the Mass. Just consider these questions: What activities, services or “hospitality experience” are we offering immediately before or after Mass? Are we offering opportunities for engagement (feedback/personal expression)? Are we making it easy for people to start or reset their faith journey with us in a gradual way? What is our parish or Church group doing to connect with members of our broader community – including those who live largely on the Digital Continent?

An extended reflection on these questions – each of which touches on at least one of the 5 Ps – will surely lead to continuous innovation.

The “Need in the Marketplace” – The source of my optimism
Back in the late 90s, a professor explained how the beauty of marketing is how it helps meet unmet needs in the marketplace. I found his assertion simple and powerful. The foundations of Marketing start with solutions to unmet needs. And in this area, there is great reason to be optimistic for our faith. Across the globe and generations, people are desperate for love, purpose and fulfillment. A walk with Jesus offers us all that – and more!

As we consider how to use our time, talents and treasures in the New Year and throughout the year, let’s redouble our efforts to understand and embrace this broader definition of Marketing. With the Holy Spirit as our fuel and guide, there’s no limit to where we can go.

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And what about Public Relations and Publicity?
Elements of Public Relations (e.g.: publicity or media relations) have a permanent home in Marketing and Promotions. That said, Public Relations should be considered a stand-alone managerial function within an organization or institution – outside of Marketing. To help crystalize this, it’s best to go back once more to the definition of Public Relations according to the Public Relations Society of America or the Canadian Public Relations Society:

“Public Relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.” – PRSA

“Public Relations is the strategic management of relationships between an organization and its diverse publics, through the use of communication, to achieve mutual understanding, realize organizational goals, and serve the public interest.” – CPRS

 

If you’re intersted in learning more about this specific topic, read, How can I build a strong PR department?, or listen to the Media Ministry Minutes segment from that SLHour episode.


Daniel Torchia is founder of Dialogue and Grace, a team of professionals devoted to helping the Catholic Church and its members improve their programs, campaigns and competencies in the areas of Public Relations and Organizational Communications. Read more from Daniel at Dialogue and Grace.

Encore presentation of “So You Think You’ve Been Called?”


Is the Spirit calling you to discipleship or to Religious Life? This week we re-broadcast a special SLHour: Our host, Deacon Pedro moderates a discussion with a panel of young religious and young Catholics who are discerning their vocation. This program was taped LIVE at the National Religious Vocation Conference convocation in Kansas City on October 30, 2016 and first aired on the SLHour in November 2016.

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Encore Presentation: New Albums of 2015


Last week we ended the year by featuring artists who released new albums in 2016. This week,  let’s revisit new albums released by Catholic artists in 2015 and featured on the SLHour. Tune in for some of the best songs of 2015, featuring , Michael James Mette, Chris Bray, Mikey Needleman, WAL, Joe Miralles, Trevor Thomson, Lorraine Hess, Mathias MichaelBob Halligan Jr. and Matt Maher. This was our New Years 2015 special.

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New Contemporary Albums of 2016 – Happy New Year!

blog_1482357853radioThis week, on a special New Years edition of the SLHour, let’s revisit some new albums released by Catholic artists in 2016 and featured on our program – tune in for some of the best songs of 2016 featuring Jonathan Hilsden, Shaun Garrison, PJ Anderson, Kyle Heimann, Lupe Rios, Mags, Mikey Needleman, Rebecca Roubion, Sarah Hart and John Michael Talbot.

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Listen to the full interviews with all these artists:

Kyle Heimann
Rebecca Roubion
Sarah Hart
Jonathan Hilsden
Mikey Needleman
Shaun Garrison
John Michael Talbot
PJ Anderson
Lupe Rios
Mags