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Ministry via Skype
Down under online sessions present the Gospel to young adults

Fr. Michael Mullan on Skype
Fr. Michael Mullan LC Skypes in from Dublin, Ireland to speak on the Eucharist

Melbourne, 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 the Internet.

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. 

Afterwards, guests 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."




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Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and the Center for Family Development
Changing Hearts
Cancun-Chetumal Prelature
Helping Hands Medical Missions

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