|Fr. Michael Mullan LC Skypes in from Dublin, Ireland to speak on the Eucharist|
Australia -- The early Christian leaders traveled by foot, horse
and boat to spread the Gospel. Religious orders during the
Reformation utilized sea vessels during the great exploration of the
Americas. And now bishops, priests, religious, consecrated and lay people
alike are ministering in a new era of communication via
Last year, Andy Devereux perceived the Holy Spirit nudging
him to join in this effort. He and his wife
Angela felt called to fill a void in ministering to
young adults in their late 20s and 30s.
The couple’s formation
activities and involvement with the Regnum Christi movement exposed them
to many “insightful, moving and passionate preachers.”
"When I initially
began brainstorming, I hit a barrier at the logistical organization
of such a ministry," Andy comments. "Inviting a speaker to
travel internationally, nationally or even just across town seemed simple
on paper, but too much work for a busy couple
like us. Then I thought, ‘Why not bring the audience
to the speaker?’"
And the Skype Sessions were born.
"We realized we
could offer viewers a wonderful smorgasbord of extraordinary and unique
talent online," said Andy.
Soon friends and friends of friends throughout
the local Catholic and social circles of Melbourne were invited
to the small apartment of the Devereuxs.
"An opening prayer
is offered, and when guests have settled in and candle
light flickers on the small image of our Lady of
Guadalupe, the scheduled speaker calls in and makes an appearance
on the TV screen," explains Andy.
enjoy Angela´s homemade pizza and a bottle of red wine
from the couple´s “humble” wine collection -- to facilitate a
“gentle discussion,” said Andy.
Andrew´s older brother, Fr. Matthew Devereux LC,
was the first Skype Session presenter in the series. In late March, 2012, from the Legionary house in
Krakow, Poland, Fr. Matthew “Skyped in” and delved into the
theme of prayer.
"While not exactly bi-location, Fr. Matthew´s efforts,
from 9629 miles away, provided a unique forum to deliver
the Gospel in a new and fresh way," said Andy.
Though faith and spirituality are important themes in these
sessions, these are not the only topics presented.
Speakers involved in various cultural endeavors have been invited so
the audience “can be inspired to use their talents for
art and culture,” as well as for spiritual growth and
to encourage evangelization.
"We could say it is reminiscent of the
early Christian communities," said Andy. "And while (saints) Peter and
Paul did not have the technology that we have today,
the same intimacy can be created to maximize the effects
of Holy Spirit through us, his instruments."