My big news: I’m leaving my job

My big news: I’m leaving my job

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So this is big news.

In the coming weeks – we’re working on the exact timing– I will be leaving my position with the Archdiocese of Boston as Creative Director of New Media and Producer of The Good Catholic Life radio program. In the near future I will be taking a new position as Communications Director in the new Walpole/Sharon parish collaborative, comprising St. Mary Parish in Walpole, Blessed Sacrament Parish and School in Walpole, and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Sharon. This is an exciting new role in parishes as part of the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan for the Archdiocese and I think it shows a great commitment to and realization of the importance of good communications as part of evangelization. Fr. Chip Hines, who I have known for several years and with whom I co-host The Good Catholic Life on Fridays, will be the new pastor of the collaborative when it stands up on June 3.

At this point, I do not know what the effect will be on the Archdiocese’s efforts in new media. I hope that they will continue to innovate and lead in this area as we have done for several years now.

As for the radio program that I produce, engineer, and sometimes co-host, The Good Catholic Life, I expect we’ll have an announcement about its future very soon and will post that when we do.

I know that I and my colleagues built something special over the past four years. We strove to make the Archdiocese of Boston a leader in Catholic new media and I am gratified by the many people who have acknowledged that we did. My hope had always been that we would enable the Church to tell her story in this new medium, to engage with people on the digital continent, and to help others to do the same. I’ve had a chance to meet and work with some amazing and dedicated people over the years and I’ve formed some relationships that I hope continue for many years to come. I have a heavy heart announcing this change, even as I look forward to a new opportunity, continuing to serve the Church.

This new role in Sharon and Walpole is very exciting because I hope that with the good people of those towns we can create a new model for how Catholic parishes and schools can best communicate the Good News using all available media to current parishioners, inactive Catholics, and those who do not know Jesus Christ.

The role of communications director, as I envision it, is not just an administrative function. I will have responsibility for how the parishes and school communicate both to parishioners and those outside the parish through all forms of media: web, social media, bulletin, mailings, email, perhaps even podcasts, video, and apps. And this communication is not just informational, but primarily evangelical. What is the Church, if not a giant communication entity? “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) The New Evangelization is about preaching the Gospel in new forms and new ways both to those in the pews and those not in them. As the first (so I’ve been told) parish pastoral collaborative communications director in the archdiocese, I have the exciting task of formulating just what this means and to create new models for how best to accomplish it.

Anyway, since Walpole and Sharon are not far from our current home, Melanie and I won’t have to move and we can continue to put down roots where we are. While my commute will be a little longer than it is now (it could hardly be shorter unless I worked from home), it won’t be very much longer. It will certainly still be shorter than my epic commute between Peabody and Braintree before we moved five years ago.

As I said, I can’t tell you my exact date of departure yet, but I would appreciate any prayers you can offer for me and my family and the Archdiocese during this transition.

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Domenico Bettinelli
8 comments
  • Dom, we admire all that you’ve done and are so grateful. I know you’ll continue to lead by example, and so I’m eager to see what will happen with you in this new position.

    I do think the future of Church communications will be determined ‘on the ground’ and at the grassroots, so I am not surprised to see God moving you there. 🙂 What more good things are to come?(!) We wait and see. The adventure continues…

    All the best to you and your family.

  • Sending Prayers. Can’t think of a better choice to bring this new role to the Church. Congrats.

  • Congratulations, Dom! And thank you for continuing to serve the People of God through the Church & New Media. I look forward to following the pioneering journey you’re continuing.

    God bless you.

  • Congratulations on your new role! I pray you will fit hand-in-glove in your new position.

  • While it is sad to see someone who I think defines the side of the first floor we shared leave, it is uplifting that the parishioners in Sharon and Walpole will have such a dedicated force keeping them informed. All of my best to you and Fr Chip in this new adventure!

  • Congrats on the new role! Thanks for our collaborations in new media within the Archdiocese over the years, and for using your creative gifts at the service of the church. I’m glad the proximity of your new role is a blessing to your family. I know you will continue to be a blessing to the church. I look forward to visiting that parish!

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