Two Podcasting Communities Merge In Texas

by Cliff Ravenscraft on July 2, 2009

in Blog

Have you heard the joke about the Catholic Priest and the Ex-Protestant Pastor who went into an online chat room? Well, it's not a joke, it really happened and Stephanie Weak is going to tell you all about it.

As many of you know, I'm a huge fan of Father Roderick and the SQPN Network of podcasts. More importantly, I'm a member of the SQPN community just as each of you are a member of the Community. However, I'm not the only one. In fact, there are several hundred of you in the Community who heard about GSPN from Father Roderick and there are several hundred folks in the SQPN community that heard about Father Roderick and SQPN as a result of listening to GSPN.

This year, SQPN held a Catholic New Media Conference in San Antonio, Texas and I was invited to be a part of one of the sessions they held via a remote video stream using Skype. However, I've said enough, I'm going to allow Stephanie to tell you about the experience from her perspective.

From Stephanie:
This past weekend I had the joy and pleasure of attending the Catholic New Media Celebration in San Antonio. This event was hosted by the Star Quest Production Network (SQPN) and included a Meet and Greet, a full day event and a morning mass. I was able to get there a day before the events started and had so much fun.

I have been involved with SQPN for a few years and it was through that community that I learned about, from Mary in Minnesota to be exact. These two communities have been so great to me and have made so many amazing online friends through the social networks with the folks in both communities. The most fun part of going to the CNMC was being able to put actual faces to the Twitter avatars. It was so great to get to meet so many of these friends and have a great time with all of them this weekend.

Meet And GreetThe Meet and Greet was hosted by The Catholic Company and there was great food and wonderful friends.

I met Fr. Roderick and several others on Thursday afternoon and throughout the day on Friday, but there were still lots of other great people to meet on Friday night.

The photo here is of a few of the online friends I was able to meet.

3673140725_27777e21b3The whole event was broadcasted on Ustream and at the beginning of the event, Fr. Roderick spent a great amount of time carrying the MacBook around and showing the home audience what was going on. Eventually he did put it in a stationery place and people at the party went to it to say hi to the audience. If you weren’t at CNMC, you can still watch the Ustream recordings of the events on the website.

The main event occurred on Saturday and it included keynote speeches by Fr. Dave Dwyer (of BustedHalo) and author/apologist Patrick Madrid, a great luncheon, a concert by Catholic singer Sarah Bauer and many breakout sessions. I was able to attend sessions on creating engaging audio programs, using social media in your parish, using media in education and promoting your podcast or blog.

Cliff and Father Roderick Talking via SkypeThere was also a session with Fr. Roderick where he called a few podcasters and bloggers.

Special guests included Greg Willits of Rosary Army and The Catholics Next Door Sirius radio show, Father Z of the What Does The Prayer Really Say? Blog and of course's very own Cliff Ravenscraft!

(You can click to enlarge any of these photos)

Community Mass CelebrationThe weekend ended with a beautiful mass at a church across the street. It was co-celebrated by the SQPN priests (Fr. Bill Kessler of Technopriest and Technochurch, Fr. Seraphim Beshoner of Catholic Under the Hood, Fr. Roderick and Fr. Jay Finelli of the iPadre) and our friend Deacon Tom.

It was so neat to see all the priests together celebrating mass. Two of the SQPN podcasters (Mac and Katherine Barron of Catholic in a Small Town) were also celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, so during mass they renewed their vows with Fr. Bill presiding over that portion.

SQPN BabiesAnother huge highlight of the weekend was meeting a few of the SQPN babies that had been born in the past few months, such as this beautiful baby named Myra Liss. Her parents Zina and Jeff are the hosts of the SQPN podcast “Secrets of Battlestar Galactica.” Could she be any more beautiful, seriously?

I had a great time during the weekend and was delighted to be able to meet so many great people in a span of a weekend. All the photos that I took can be found in my Flickr stream and the blow-by-blow details of each day can be found on my blog.

I’m so happy to be a part of the SQPN and communities and am so grateful for all the friends I have met (and have been able to meet in person at CNMC!) through these communities. I highly encourage you to check out some of the shows on because they, also, produce some amazing programs and you absolutely don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy them.

Thank you to all the friends that I have met and those that I have yet to meet. I look forward to continuing to nurture relationships in both of these communities. I’m “angelsteph” on Twitter, Plurk and Facebook, and I’d love to meet you if I haven’t already!

~Stephanie Weak
Proud Plus Member

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