NEW ULM - The shepherd of the Catholic Diocese of New Ulm has a new way to reach out to his flock.
Following the lead of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, both of whom send out tweets, Bishop John M. LeVoir has officially joined Twitter: @ourladyofnewulm.
Tweets are short messages, sometimes with photos, that are sent instantly to anyone who registers as a follower. Pope Francis has millions of followers on Twitter and has encouraged church leaders around the world to engage with online audiences, calling the new digital opportunities to connect with people “a gift from God.”
Diocese present on Facebook
In an effort to better engage younger generations of Catholics and those who utilize social networking, the Diocese of New Ulm has established a presence on Facebook enabling information to be shared about local activities and news in a medium used daily by millions. The Facebook page features updates via wall posts, images, and events.
Users may find the diocese’s Facebook page and Bishop LeVoir’s tweets by visiting the diocesan Web site, www.dnu.org and clicking on the Facebook or Twitter icons.
At World Youth Day 2009, 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." Via social media, the Diocese of New Ulm is now onboard helping to create that “better world.”