ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 6, 2009 – In an effort to better engage younger generations of Catholics and those who utilize social networking, The Diocese of Rockville Centre has established a presence on Facebook and Twitter. This will enable the Catholic Church of Long Island to share information about local activities and news in a medium used daily by millions.
The Diocesan Office of Communications made the decision to get involved in social networking after World Youth Day 2009, when Pope Benedict XVI encouraged young Catholics to use new media, "in a positive way and to realize the great potential of these means to build up bonds of friendship and solidarity that can contribute to a better world."
“We need to utilize all the communication mediums at our disposal to connect with and engage Catholics. Facebook and Twitter are two social networking mediums that have tremendous potential for us. We are excited about reaching more and more people through these and other new media technologies,” said Sean P. Dolan, Director of Communications, Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Usage of social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter is sweeping the world. There are over 300 million active users currently on Facebook and over 30,000 non-profit organizations utilizing Facebook pages.
Users may find the Diocese by visiting the diocesan website, www.drvc.org and clicking on the facebook or twitter icons. The Facebook page features updates via wall posts, images and events. The Diocesan Twitter page, “RVCDiocese” features “tweets” alerting followers of events and information.
About The Catholic Church on Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million). There are 133 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions. There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 88,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. (12/08).
CONTACT: Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
(p) 516-678-5800, ext. 625