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Learning never ends

I haven’t written a post in a little while. I apologize for my absence. Last week I attended the Catholic Media Conference in St. Louis.

While there The Catholic Globe staff experienced a week of learning and networking. Now that I work from home, I learned skills to help me function in my new capacity.

The Master Camp session, which was in two parts, was about using my iPhone or smart phone for mobile journalism. I learned what items to purchase to have stabilization, better lighting and better sound for my phone. The presenter, Judd Slivka, gave us the how and why during the morning session and the apps and content during the afternoon.

I became more aware of what I can do with my phone to be able to enhance the stories I report on and the parishes in the Diocese of Sioux City.

The other session that gave me perspective taught me how a Catholic communicator stays Catholic. Greg Erlandson, the presenter, shared his personal experiences, temptations of being a Catholic journalist and five tips for keeping refreshed.

I am going to share the five tips with you because I think they could apply to anyone, whether you are a journalist or not. (Disclaimer – This is what I took from what Greg presented.)

1. Prayer – Set time aside for conversation with God. It may not always be pretty but it is necessary.

2. Scripture – Open the Bible as daily as possible. He recommended making your way through the Bible on chapter and book at a time.

3. Confession – It holds you accountable. Confessing your sins regularly keeps you humble and focused.

4. Retreat – Take time out once or twice a year to renew and refresh your faith. Suggestions: Christ Renews His Parish, a silent retreat, etc.

5. Get involved – Volunteer with an active ministry outside of work. For example, teach religious education, participate in RCIA, be part of the welcoming committee at your church, sing in the choir, grieving ministry, etc.

I found all of these tips very helpful and will carry them with me into my vocation as a Catholic journalist.

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Lastly, while we were in St. Louis, we attended Mass at the old and new cathedrals. The “new” cathedral, The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, may be the newer of the two, but construction began in 1907. This church is breathtaking and I recommend it be on your “bucket list” of churches in the United States to visit.

From our hotel we had an amazing view of the St. Louis Gateway Arch, the Mississippi River and Busch Stadium. We also had the opportunity to visit the City Museum, which is housed in the 600,000 square-foot former

Kelly Mescher Collins from the Diocese of Des Moines, Trina Joines, Joanne Fox and Renee Webb from The Catholic Globe

Kelly Mescher Collins from the Diocese of Des Moines, Trina Joines, Joanne Fox and Renee Webb from The Catholic Globe

International Shoe Company. The museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to gain knowledge, meet new people and experience new places.

More soon about the garden, life on the farm and continued marriage prep information. Until then, say a prayer for me and I will be praying for all of you.

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