Sister Rose’s blog reaches 500,000 hits today

Since I moved my blog to WordPress on October 5, 2008 I never dreamed of 500.000 hits or page views. In this day of YouTube videos getting a million hits in a day or an hour, this half million in three years eight months, an average of 300 hits a day with 2,900 in one day in 2010, does not seem like much in the virtual scheme of things. Yet it provides me with a motive of thanksgiving for the Internet and the gift of communication between God’s people the world over and who knows? Maybe the universe. (We don’t know who might be listening, do we?)

WordPress sent me an analysis of that best day: March 9, 2010

Thank you for your visit, your time, your interest. Be assured of my prayers.

 

New movie review site at RCL Benziger for Catechesis & Religious Education

 

Click here to access site http://sisterrosemovies.com

Hope&Joy Communication and Culture program begins!


Hi everyone!

I am so happy to be here in South Africa again, to be part of a two-year program to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. I will only be here for a month, however!

Please visit my blog at the National Catholic Reporter for updates.

 

Media Literacy on the rise: Notes from World Summit on Media for Children and Youth

This is a bit late, but here is a blog entry I wrote for the national Catholic Reporter on the World Summit on Media for Children and Youth that I attended in Sweden in June:

Sr. Rose’s Notes on the World Summit on media for Children and Youth

NAMLE: National media literacy education association membership campaign

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Got media literacy?  Our organizational partner, the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), is having a special membership offer through May 31st.  Join NAMLE today and…

– Your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of several fantastic prizes!

– Your membership payment will be matched by a generous donor!

–  Enjoy new membership benefits, including a FREE one-year subscription to MediaEdu and a 20% discount on an annual subscription to School Library Journal.

NAMLE is the leading organization in the United States dedicated to advancing media literacy education, outreach, and professional development. Join today!

For an example of an organization that is already promoting the NAMLE drive, check out Gateway Media Literacy Partners

The Pauline Center for Media Literacy is a founding organizational member of NAMLE. It is one of the best organizations that I belong to. If you feel frustrated about the media world, NAMLE is an organization that can offer authentic educational skills and practices to aid parents and teachers prepare students for our media world.

In both the books written by myself and Sr Gretchen Hailer, RSHM, we suggest NAMLE as an organization that can really assist parents and teachers in this digital universe.

To order click here http://www.pauline.org

To order click here http://www.smp.org

Introduction to Media Literacy set to begin Oct 24 – online course University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation

 

The University of Dayton’s Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation Home Pagevlcff

Click here to go directly to the VLC Course list; click on Introduction to media Literacy

Check it out!

Media Literacy in Singapore

I will have the honor of visiting our Sisters and Pauline Cooperators in Singapore before participating in the SIGNIS world congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand (www.signis.net) in October. Here is the publicity for Singapore – if you happen to be in the area! (Note: photo of me taken pre-Jenny Craig days 🙂

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Media Literacy Online Certificate Announced (University of Dayton)

 

 

Visit the  University of Dayton\’s Online Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation for information about the Media Literacy Education certificate course and the courses that are available now (including the prerequisites). You can sign up for the next session of online courses now. You can sign up for the certificate program in late 2009.

Pauline Center for Media Studies announces summer media programs

 

Participants in the 2008 Advanced Certificate in Media Literacy Program tour Sony Studios in Culver City to experience a working studio.

Participants in the 2008 Advanced Certificate in Media Literacy Program tour Sony Studios in Culver City to experience a working studio.

Culver City – The Pauline Center for Media Studies has announced a variety of events scheduled for July and August, 2009. All events will take place at the Center located at 3908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230.

“These courses and events have academic, pastoral and spirituality dimensions”  said Sister Rose Pacatte, MEd in Media Studies, director of the Pauline Center.  “Each one offers a unique opportunity for training and experience in ways to engage in both critical and pastoral ways with our media culture.”

The Advanced Certificate Course in Media Literacy runs from July 19-25. The certificate is recognized by the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco and the Dioceses of Orange and San Diego as a catechist specialization.  Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM a media and faith formation specialist and Nick Pernisco, instructor in communications and media literacy education of Santa Monica College, will be among the presenters.

Dr. Khanh Bui of Pepperdine University and a catechist at Our Lady of Malibu Parish said of the Advanced Certificate Course in Media Literacy: “I am so grateful that I attended your summer workshop on media literacy.  The training that I received there has transformed the way I teach for the better.  More specifically, students consistently comment favorably on my PowerPoint presentations, which embed short and appropriate YouTube videos, illustrative images, impactful pictures, current graphs, audio recordings, and more.  It was your workshop that convinced me of the power and effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations when they are prepared appropriately.”

Participants this year are coming from across the United States and Singapore.

The deadline for registration for the week-long media literacy course is July 5. Spaces are limited.

The National Film Retreat, now in its 10th year, will take place from July 31-August 2. “The focus of the retreat is a meaningful way to conclude the Year of St. Paul,” explained Sr. Hosea M. Rupprecht, an associate at the Pauline Center. “We have chosen four great themes of St. Paul to frame the retreat: the encounter with God, transformation, life as participation, Christ as head of all creation.”  The tentative slate of films includes Pulp Fiction, Wall-e, Contact, The Price of Sugar, and Joe vs. the VolcanoSpaces are limited. The deadline for registration is July 20. 

 Cinema Divina: Shared Praxis and Prayer is a course of the Graduate Theological Institute Program offered by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, will be the instructor. This course will run from 1pm-4pm, August 10-14 and can be taken for graduate credit or it can be audited. For more information and to register for this event only, please contact Sr. Rita J. Stuckey, I.H.M., D. Min., at (213) 637-7275 or at srrjstuckey@la-archdiocese.org.

The Movie Bible Nights will take place as scheduled on Saturday, July 11 (The Magnificent Seven) and Saturday, August 8 (Alive!) beginning promptly at 6:30pm. No registration is required for the movie Bible nights.

Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media – it’s finished! Due out Jan 2010

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Co-authors Gretchen Hailer, RSHM & Rose Pacatte, FSP of

Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith & Media

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The book is due out in January 2010 from Pauline Books & Media, Boston (Pauline Books & Media Publishing House, Boston) . As soon as we get cover art we will post it!

Our Media World is a “stand alone” that will create, with our book Media Mindfulness: Educating Teens about Faith & Media (2007, St. Mary\’s Press) a consistent media literacy education strategy for K-12 to navigte our mediated, pop culture world.

Our Media World uses the lenses of critical inquiry, themes of Catholic social teaching, and a pedagogy of shared praxis within the context of faith formation to guide teachers, catechists, and parents in their teaching.

The Media Mindfulness strategy is based in theological reflection and social analysis.

Watch this space for more information as the publication date draws near!

We want to thank our editor at Pauline Books & Media, Sr. Christina M. Wegendt, FSP.

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What are people saying about our first book, Media Mindfulness?

From St. Mary\’s Press site:

Media Mindfulness is a wonderful gift to people of faith. With easy-to-implement suggestions, it guides readers (and their students) in a sophisticated and reflective examination of the complex intersections between media and modern life. The book’s emphasis on good decision-making and thinking critically with an open mind and heart is a welcome addition to the field of media literacy education. It is a must-have for anyone working with youth groups in a faith-based context. Faith Rogow, Ph.D., Founding President, Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA)
A blockbuster resource for teaching about the media and media messages within a context of Christianity. Both authors have a wonderful reputation for their work in this area, and once again they have delivered a resource that is invaluable to anyone teaching about media literacy. John J. Pungente, SJ, Jesuit Communication Project, Toronto, Ontario
This is an important book on a timely and critical topic. By approaching media and popular culture from a perspective grounded in faith and Scripture, Hailer and Pacatte have given us a powerful, comprehensive resource for helping teens understand and thoughtfully reflect on the role media and technology play in their young lives. The four-part “media mindfulness” strategy gives educators, ministers, and mentors a framework and effective activities for engaging youth in thoughtful analysis of media and its influence on attitudes, behaviors, faith, and values. This book belongs in every church, youth ministry, and religious education program. Frank Gallagher, Director, Education and Media Literacy, Cable in the Classroom
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