Author: Michael Marchand

From Obscurity to Household Name

You’re just an ordinary teenager working an ordinary job, when someone notices that you are ridiculously good looking, or talented. Because of this, you get plucked from obscurity and soon everyone knows your name. What will you do with this newfound influence?

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Daniel Radcliffe Rapping on the Tonight Show

Sometimes people surprise you. Have you ever pigeon holed someone – placed limits on what you though their skills and abilities were – and had them blow you away? Daniel Radcliffe (aka Harry Potter) did just that on the Tonight Show. He stepped up to Jimmy Fallon’s challenge to rap one of the most difficult rap songs out there, Blackalicious’ “Alphabet Aerobics”. The results are worth watching: Think about the teens and adults in your ministry that you’ve put in a box based on the limited skills you’ve seen…How you can give them opportunities to blow you... Read More

Archdiocese of New York Gets Connected

I’m blessed with the opportunity to work with parishes and dioceses around the country as they navigate through the digital continent. Trying to figure out how to best reach and communicate with the people they serve. It’s always exciting to see their progress and the ways they’re using new media to accomplish the new evangelization. Today, the Archdiocese of New York just jumped to the forefront as one of the “most innovative and connected dioceses in the world”. Cardinal Dolan has been wanting to provide his flock with better, more effective communication about what’s happening in the Catholic church.... Read More

Vote for Your Favorite Catholic Speaker

The first Support a Catholic Speaker Month was launched back in 2009 by Matthew Warner over at Fallible Blogma. The idea was to allow people to nominate and vote for the favorite Catholic speakers and then have Catholic bloggers around the world blog about each of the top speakers. The goal was simple: to raise awareness about the many Catholic Speakers out there and to support them”. That year over 3,000 people voted and 100 bloggers participated. Then in 2012, Brandon Vogt took over the reigns. Once again, Catholics around the world were able to nominate and vote on... Read More

Support a Catholic Speaker Month Nominations

NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED BUT THE POLLS ARE OPEN: CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE CATHOLIC SPEAKER Back in 2009, my friend Matthew Warner launched the first ever “Support a Catholic Speaker Month” over at his blog, Fallible Blogma. The idea was to allow people to nominate and vote for the favorite Catholic speakers and then have Catholic bloggers around the world blog about each of the top 100 speakers. The goal was simple: to raise awareness about the many Catholic Speakers out there and to support them”. That year over 3,000 people voted and 100 bloggers participated. Then... Read More