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REGIONAL MINISTRY GATHERING

Communication and Communion: Becoming what We Receive for Digital Culture

Receiving the Eucharist brings with it a call: become what you receive!  What does this mean for us to be transformed by the Eucharist, to live Eucharistically?  This question impacts every aspect of the life of the Christian.  This presentation reflects on becoming Eucharistic especially in the way we communicate with each other in today’s digital culture. In a culture of constant connectivity, information overload and mediated presence, how might the Real Presence of the Eucharist transform our approach to faithful engagement in digital spaces? How does receiving Communion impact our sense of communion with one another in a networked society?  How do we become what we receive in the way we have  conversations and tell our story in these contexts?

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D.

Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, Ph.D., is a pastoral theologian and director of ministerial formation at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in liturgy from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, a master’s degree in religion and the arts from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D . in theology and education from Boston College. Her research focuses on media and ministry, especially digital media and its potential for faith formation. She has served as a consultant for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Communication, an educational consultant for the Catholic Media Association, and as a tutor for the Faith Communication in the Digital World program of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication.   She is author of the books Connected Toward Communion: The Church and Social Communication in the Digital Age (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014) and Evangelization and Catechesis: Echoing the Good News through the Documents of the Church (New London: Twenty-Third, 2017). She has also published a number of pastoral and devotional resources in collaboration with Liturgy Training Publications, Liturgical Press and Loyola Press.

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