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Embrace media, participants are told at Co-Workers Conference


Father Robert Reed speaks to Co-Workers participants in the CatholicTV studios. Pilot photo/Gregory L. Tracy

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WATERTOWN -- Prominent members of the Catholic media organizations offered talks on their work and advice on how to use media to evangelize during the 2016 Co-Workers in the Vineyard Conference, April 1, entitled "The Pope Francis Effect and Media: Pastoral Applications for Evangelization and Discipleship."

An annual event sponsored by St. John's Seminary in Brighton, the conference is a day-long opportunity for enrichment geared toward clergy, religious, lay leadership and pastoral workers.

Held in St. Patrick Church in Watertown, the conference began with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, who began by acknowledging the recent death of Eternal Word Television Network founder Mother Angelica, whose funeral was about to be held in Alabama.

"Mother Angelica is quite a legend in our world, a very feisty religious woman who has made an extraordinary impact and contribution to the world of communications," he said.

Following the Mass, CEO of Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation in Toronto, Canada, Father Thomas Rosica and Salt and Light producer Sebastian Gomes, offered the first of the day's two keynote addresses.

In his remarks, Father Rosica discussed the importance of being open to contemporary media, rather than trying to hide from it.

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