What on earth would St Colomba make of it all? He did his preaching on hillsides and spread his message by boat. Nowadays his ‘descendants’ can get the message out online. That is what the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe celebrated on the morning of Monday 14th January with the launch of its new look website. The launch took place in The Diocesan Office.
BBC Radio Foyle broadcaster, Mark Patterson, kindly helped Bishop Ken Good to declare the new site, www.derryandraphoe.org, live. Thanking Mark for attending the launch Bishop Good said “I have known Mark for many years, since my days as a Rector in Lurgan and I am grateful to him for giving of his time for this”.
The Derry and Raphoe website has undergone significant developments in recent years. The new-look site is not only a source for practical information about Derry and Raphoe. It also wants to communicate some of the vision and life of the diocese, as well as being a great way to keep up to date with the latest news
It was only back in 1997 that the first Church of Ireland parish website was launched in Castleknock Parish, Dublin. In an era of tablets and smart phones it may not sound like much of a revolution in communication today. Yet many churches remember when the height of communication meant running off parish newssheets on rickety old printers in a cold church hall. Fifteen years on and websites are commonplace for churches and religious organisations.
In launching www.derryandraphoe.org Bishop Good said, “Churches are like any other organisation. They need to keep abreast of the latest platforms to get across their message. The message that St Columba carried lives on and is still as relevant as ever – it’s just that the tools for communicating have changed ever so slightly!”
The new diocesan website is just one part of Derry and Raphoe’s developing online presence. People can also follow it on Facebook and Twitter.