Catholic_Omnia_Logo_1.pngThe date was May 8, 2008. The Thomas Pringle Vocation Blog had finally gone live and I began this wonderful journey of sharing my story as a young man discerning God’s will for my life. The first year or so the few readers that came across my blog were mostly friends of the family and those from my parish who wanted to keep in touch with me as I studied in the seminary. As my time in seminary progressed and I shared more on the blog, I began making connections with Catholics from around the country who were just as interested in sharing their own unique journey of faith. Though my time in seminary ended, I still felt a calling to continue sharing my story, playing my own unique part in the New Evangelization.

As I was beginning to make the transition to life outside of the seminary, I knew a change was also in store for what I wrote and how I wrote it. Logically, that also meant that my blog would also need to undergo a transformation and receive a new life of its own. And so, Catholica Omnia was born on April 10, 2010.

Since that time, my understanding and love of the Church has grown tremendously. My life has been–and will continue to be–enhanced by my experiences with the Church. I have come to know so many people who express the same love for the Church that I feel in my heart. I’ve made many friends along the way. We’ve shared many joys and sorrows, many triumphs and struggles. Heck, some of us have even shared a beer or two…or three.

We all bring certain gifts and talents to the Church. And throughout this past five years, I’m grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to share my joy of writing with you all. While I may not have gotten everything right initially, you all allowed me to grow and challenged me to be a better writer. You encouraged me to share from the heart and to not be afraid to venture outside of my comfort zone. And for that, I will be forever grateful.

But, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And, after 5 years, 6 months, and 25 days it’s time to say goodbye to Catholica Omnia.

Over the past couple of years, I have neglected to give the blog the amount of time and energy it has deserved. And, as job-related responsibilities and other projects begin to take up even more of my time and energy, maintaining the blog on a consistent basis is simply just not possible.

Coming to this decision has not been easy. I’ve consulted many friends and family members in the last few weeks. I’ve even been praying about this decision. I’ve even considered changing this site into an aggregate blog site, bringing different bloggers together to share their experiences of the faith. But, that route would require even more time and energy, unfortunately.

With that said, what all does this mean? What’s next for me? There are a couple of projects that I’ve been floating around the last few months, one of which is a new blog that I’m adding to my personal site to discuss Catholic communications and stewardship. My recent post on here ’5 Essentials for Parish Communications’ was a test post for that. There is also another project that I’m gathering input on that I will hopefully launch within the next few months. Stay tuned for more on that one.

So, I’m not going away. I’ll still be active on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, although the accounts for Catholica Omnia will be shutdown in the coming days. I’ll still be covering news of the Church, just not in a blogging format. And, I’ll still need your friendship and will be counting on your support when I need it the most.

I do just want to close with one thing…THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you these past five years. I’m honored that I’ve been able to share in your experiences of the Church and that I’ve been welcomed into this community of online Catholics. We’re here for each other in so many ways. We build each others’ confidence and lift each others’ spirits. But most important of all, we point each other toward Christ, who is the source of all that we have and all that we can offer. He is the reason we do what do, He has made us who we are. And, if we continue challenging each other and helping each other grow, we will continue to build up the Body of Christ in all that we do.

May the peace of Christ dwell in all of you. Pax et bonum.

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For those attending this year’s Catholic New Media Conference in Boston, all of you are invited to the CNMC Boston Tweet-up hosted by Catholic Drinkie and yours truly on Friday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Additional information is below. I hope many of you will be able to come out and join us for this evening of fun.

CNMCBostonTweetUpBe sure to follow us on Twitter:

Vabs: @CatholicDrinkie

Me: @CatholicaOmnia

See you at JJ Foley’s–voted Boston’s Best Bar in 2012!!

 


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20120428-132028.jpgEarlier this week, in commemoration of Pope Benedict XVI’s election anniversary, the Vatican announced a new technological endeavor that would help “diffuse the teachings of the Holy Father, thus further enhancing the Papal Magisterium.” The new tool is a widget that can be placed on blogs and websites by request.

The day of the announcement, I put in my request with the Vatican, along with about 2000 other people. Yesterday, I received an email from the Vatican informing me that my request had been approved.

If you would like to receive your own widget, click on the following link and complete all the required steps. It’s very easy to do. http://www.vatican.va/widget/widget.htm


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Catholica Omnia is in the running for Most Informative Blog in this year’s Catholic New Media Awards. All are invited to go to the CNMA website and vote for their favorite blogs. Voting is open until Friday, August 26, 2011. Click here to vote: http://www.catholicnewmediaawards.com/ballot.

Special thank you to all who nominated the blog for this year’s awards!! All of you, readers new and old, are greatly appreciated!


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UPDATE: Great news, folks! This morning I contacted the Orlando Police Department’s Permitting Dept. after hearing reports Westboro had canceled its protest at Bishop Moore. Those reports were confirmed by OPD.

The previously scheduled protests at Dr. Phillips High School and Kennedy Space Center have been rescheduled for April 29th. There were no permitting requests for a rescheduled protest at Bishop Moore. Again, OPD has confirmed that the event has been canceled. Therefore, there is no longer a need for a prayer group to gather on Tuesday, April 19th from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

To those of you who replied to this event, I thank you for considering standing with the students of Bishop Moore.

If Westboro Baptist Church decides to reschedule the Bishop Moore protest, which is possible, I will let all of you know.

Thanks again!

On March 26, 2011, Westboro Baptist Church announced that its members would be coming to Orlando to protest outside of Bishop Moore Catholic High School. The protest, which is set to take place on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 from 3:00-3:30 p.m., will be directly in the middle of dismissal times for both Bishop Moore Catholic High School and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School.


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