From Friday July 29 to Sunday July 31, I went with The Coming Home Network to the Defending the Faith conference held at Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio. It was a great weekend. Matt Swaim, the communications coordinator, and I were able to get a few great interviews that we will use over the upcoming months for new CHNetwork videos. I am looking forward to working on them. We were able to interview Mike and Alicia Hernon from the Messy Parenting podcast as well as Father Mike Schmidtz who does great videos with Ascension Presents on YouTube. We were also able to do some great tweeting while we were there and I wanted to share some of those tweets to show how great the weekend was.
I know it has been a while since this website has seen any activity. Here is a quick update on what I have been doing since then and then I’ll share the great opportunity I recently had. in May 2015, I graduated from the Harvard Extension School with a masters degree in digital media. Right after graduation, I went to Atlanta for the Catholic New Media conference put on by SQPN. At the same time, I was talking with JonMarc Grodi about a new position at the Coming Home Network. Many things happened in quick succession, and in September, I started on full time at the Coming Home Network International as their developer of web and new media. This really is a dream job for me. The first project was to get up a new website at http://www.chnetwork.org. After that, it was continuing to improve the website as well as work on new video series for YouTube. We have put out a series of shorts called Signposts and have a couple more in the development stages.
So what does this all mean for nuCatholic Media. Am I abandoning it? The simple answer is no. The Coming Home Network is now my full time job, but I have ideas for projects that I still want to do through nuCatholic Media. The big project will be to complete the interactive documentary on the sacraments that I started for my masters capstone project. You can see what I have done so far at http://www.foodforthejourney.org. I encourage you to visit that site and send me feedback on the progress that has happened so far and share any thoughts or ideas of where it should go in the future. As things start to move again with it I will send an update.
Finally, I wanted to share the great opportunity I just had to be a guest on The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi. For 19 years, Marcus has been interviewing people who have made the journey from many different backgrounds into the Catholic Church. I would be honored if you watched my episode on YouTube. I have already received many encouraging words from people about what I shared, and I hope they can encourage you and your faith as well.
To those who have followed me for a while, thank you all for your encouragement and prayers. For those just joining us on this adventure, thank you for coming along for the ride. My main hope is to be an encouragement to your faith as I strive to show the beauty and love of Christ in His Catholic Church.
For the final project in my Video Field Production course, I created the first of hopefully many short conversion story pieces. The first person in this series was my wife, Michelle Arnold Paine. I had a wonderful day of filming her in her studio. We got some great shots of her mixing paint as well as doing a quick 12 minute beginning of a painting from a blank canvas. We then did an hour long interview talking about her journey into the Catholic Church. Beauty played a large part in her conversion, so the title of this first short is “Michelle Arnold Paine – Pilgrimage of Beauty”. It is now up on YouTube. Please watch it, share it with your friends, and subscribe to the nuCatholic Media YouTube channel.