Diocese of Rochester reaches out to "spiritual pilgrims” with new website

February 11, 2012

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester has launched a new website aimed at helping people searching for a faith connection, a spiritual home or who just wish to know more about Catholicism. The site, “The Spiritual Pilgrim: a Catholic Invitation to Faith” can be found at spiritualpilgrim.dor.org (users should not type www. into their address bar). The site also can be accessed from the diocese’s home page, www.dor.org.

Created by the diocesan Department of Evangelization and Catechesis, the site offers seekers a place to explore the way Catholics find Jesus in the Gospels, in the community, and in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. The website features videos by Bishop of Rochester Matthew H. Clark and others – including new videos to be posted regularly -- and offers those interested a direct connection to contacts on parish staffs throughout the Diocese who can further assist them on their faith journey.

“The Internet has become one of the chief ways through which people explore their feelings about God, their faith or seek answers to their questions. We want to help people explore the Catholic faith and be a resource and a connection to help them along the way”,” said Mary Dundas, coordinator of evangelization and sacramental catechesis, who is managing the site. “We have contacts in every county of the diocese who have agreed to be a bridge, or link, to someone in a parish for those who call looking for additional help.”

The site features a section on commonly asked questions, and videos and others resources on “Finding Jesus in the Community,” “Finding Jesus in the Gospels” and “Finding Jesus in the Teachings and Traditions of the Catholic Church.” It will also provide essays, “personal witness” stories, and offers links to Scriptures, Bible-reading helps and locations of all diocesan parishes and Mass times.

“I invite all to explore this wonderful new resource, especially those who have questions about what it means to be a Roman Catholic Christian,” said Bishop Clark. “We are all fellow pilgrims on a spiritual journey, and we want to help our sisters and brothers along the way.”

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