Aggie Catholics ‘Get It’

George Weigel, wrote a piece over at http://www.InsideCatholic.com entitled “Aggie Catholic Renaissance“. In it, he outlines the great successes Texas A&M has experienced with young Catholics…

Aggie Catholicism is something to behold. Daily Mass attendance averages 175; there were closer to 300 Catholic Aggies at Mass on a weekday afternoon when I visited a few years back. Sunday Masses draw between 4,000 and 5,000 worshippers. There are ten weekly time slots for confessions, which are also heard all day long on Monday. Eucharistic adoration, rosary groups, the Liturgy of the Hours, and the traditional First Friday devotion are staples of Aggie Catholicism’s devotional life.

Mr. Weigel documents the incredible job they’re doing, then provides some possible reasons ‘why’.

I agree with his reasoning, but what about their ‘tech cred’? See, my theory is that in today’s culture, spiritual successes often (not always though) lead to tech successes.

Judge for yourself at http://www.AggieCatholic.org. I think they’re doing fine.

Looks like the site was built with the assistance of http://www.eCatholicChurches.com. The design is adequate and functional, but it’s the content that matters here…

  • Quick and easy site registration, which is powered by FlockNote.com.
  • A current and often updated blog.
  • A liturgy calendar.
  • An easy to use event calendar.
  • A huge amount of other online resources.

To be honest, I’m a bigger fan of Open Source CMS solutions (e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) than commercial systems, but I also say – do whatever works.

It looks like things are working well for them.

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