Someone once asked legendary news producer and 60 Minutes founder Don Hewitt why the show was such a success. He said it all came down to four words. “Tell me a story.”
Deacon Greg Kandra, multimedia editor for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, blogger for Aleteia and permanent deacon of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the keynote speaker for a Catholic communicators gathering in Cincinnati this winter. He shared Hewitt’s message with a Catholic twist.
“If as Catholics we want to follow that adage, ‘tell me a story,’ we need to honor the one who gave us the story to tell, the source of all life and the source of all truth,” Kandra said. “To begin with, we need to respect and cherish the truth.”
He’s right. And the truth is in today’s world there are many stories being told. Some are sensationalist yarns about celebrities’ personal lives. Some are pessimistic essays on the state of the world. Some are outright fabrications and fake news. Some are inspiring tales of courage and faith. Even in an over-saturated digital market, people are still yearning to be told a story and to be told the truth.
Home Mission Stories is a blog brought to you by Glenmary Home Missioners to tell you a story. Ours is the story of Catholicism in America in many ways. We’ll get into some history in the early posts, but the stories we look forward most to telling are of the good works and message our missionaries are doing every day in the field.
So, if you’re new here, and as this is our first post I suspect you are, here’s some important background.
What is Glenmary and what are the Home Missions?
The Glenmary Home Missioners are a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with coworkers, are dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people living in mission counties throughout Appalachia and the South. Officially, Glenmary is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. For more information, visit Glenmary.org.
The term “home missions” refers to the missionary territory in the United States. Often, when people think of missionaries, their minds recall the wonderful work done overseas by other missionary communities. Glenmary’s mission land is right here in the United States. Nearly 400 counties in this country either lack a Catholic presence or have no resident pastoral minister. Glenmary aims to change that.
How can I learn more?
So glad you asked. Step one is to check out Glenmary.org. Just about anything you’d like to know about Glenmary’s mission and ministry can be found there.
To dive in further, Glenmary produces a quarterly magazine, Glenmary Challenge, that you may subscribe to at no cost (though donations are graciously accepted). You may subscribe to our print or digital version.
If you like what you see and want more, we have various newsletters and other publications you can sign up for too (CLICK HERE).
Even with all we publish, we still have more stories to tell. If nothing else, stick around here at Home Mission Stories and let us tell you a story.