CNMC 2015

Join us at the Catholic New Media Celebration 2015

Join Catholic new media producers and consumers, as well as clergy and religious, lay workers, and faithful of all walks of life at the Catholic New Media Celebration in Atlanta, Georgia on June 7, 2015.

The Catholic New Media Celebration provides opportunities for networking and professional development for diocesan communicators, new media producers and Catholic laypeople interested in the New Evangelization. We gather to celebrate, learn, and network in this continually growing medium. During the conference we will host inspirational keynote speakers from top Catholic digital experts and cutting-edge educational sessions.

SQPN is celebrating its 10 Year Jubilee of work in the New Evangelization through new media production. This year’s event is a kind of homecoming. The first CNMC, held in Atlanta in 2008, aligned with Archdiocese of Atlanta’s annual Eucharistic Congress, and we’ve brought back the event to coincide with this year’s Congress.

Come for spiritual renewal at the Eucharistic Congress, and stay to learn the tools for spreading the Good News in digital media!

We’re bringing back Greg Willits of The New Evangelizers (you know him from The Catholics Next Door) and one of the co-founders of SQPN, Inc. Greg will be delivering the keynote Address in the morning.

Fr. Roderick Vonhögen will end our conference with the closing keynote.

In between, we’ll have sessions that are designed to inform and inspire how interactive new media platforms, such as blogging, podcasting, and social media are created, shared, and implemented. Within an atmosphere of Christian community, attendees will learn how to effectively create and share powerful, unique content for the benefit of the universal Catholic Church.

Registration is closed.


Is the CNMC right for you? Just ask yourself a few questions:

  • Does your diocese or group want to use new media (like Facebook, Twitter, podcasting, etc.) but isn’t sure where to begin?
  • Could your clergy, religious, teachers, and laypeople benefit from the guidance of top Catholic digital experts?
  • Are you interested in hearing cutting-edge educational sessions and inspirational keynotes about how interactive new media is created, shared, and implemented?
  • Do you want to connect with a larger community of Catholic new media producers, bloggers and new evangelizers?


The Speakers

willitsGreg Willits

Greg Willits is an author, speaker, radio and podcast host. He is founder of New Evangelizers apostolate and along with his wife Jennifer, co-founded SQPN. Greg is also the Executive Director for the Archdiocese of Denver’s Office of Evangelization and Family Life Ministries. Read his latest book, The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid.



Lisa M. Hendey

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of and author of The Grace of Yes. She employs television, radio, social media and her writing to share her passion for the New Evangelization. Lisa speaks internationally on faith, family and technology and resides in the Diocese of Fresno with her husband Greg.



Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP is a Paulist  priest and Executive Director of Busted Halo®, a media outreach to unchurched 20-somethings. He is publisher of the award-winning®, and co-creator of, a digital resource for parishes.  He hosts “The Busted Halo® Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer” on SiriusXM radio’s The Catholic Channel (ch. 129), a nightly call-in talk show, co-hosts “Conversation with Cardinal Dolan” with New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan on EWTN, and hosts the “Sacraments 101” video series on YouTube. He tweets @FatherDaveDwyer.


johnsonMaria Johnson

Maria Johnson is a college professor, author, speaker, and a member of the Board of Directors of SQPN. She co-hosts Catholic Weekend, and contributes to a number of Catholic resources, including Her first book, My Badass Book of Saints; Courageous Women Who Showed me How to Live will be available this fall.


nielsenJeff Nielsen

Jeff Nielsen is an airline pilot for a major U.S. carrier and a member of the Board of Directors of SQPN. He hosts Catholic Weekend, a panel discussion about current events, and the wildly popular Airline Pilot Guy. Jeff often consults on the technical side of podcasting.


padleyPatrick Padley

Patrick Padley is a Kansas City-based digital strategist, Catholic blogger, coffee addict and online marketing thinker. If you haven’t met Pat, you’ve probably seen his work with companies such as Lee Jeans, Hallmark, Hyatt and Timberland. He helps brands craft their social media strategy, content strategy and storytelling. When he isn’t working or tackling a dirty diaper, Pat enjoys posting the beauty of life’s ordinary moments to Instagram, maintaining his beard (not shown in the picture to the right), silly dances with his daughter and doing all things manly. He also writes about marketing and Catholic media on his blog and contributes to A Couple of Catholics. Pat is also a member of the Board of Directors of SQPN.


vonhogenFr. Roderick Vonhogen

Fr. Roderick Vonhogen is founder and CEO of SQPN, a Catholic non-profit organization that uses new media to reach out, and recently started another media platform, Trideo, for documentaries and other video projects. He also hosts a weekly television show on Dutch national TV.



The Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2015 Catholic New Media Celebration. The whole day has been carefully crafted to be the best one-day event on Catholic new media. We hope that after hearing cutting-edge educational sessions and inspirational keynotes from top Catholic digital experts you leave informed and inspired about how interactive new media is created, shared, and implemented.

7:30 - 9:00 AMRegistration
8:00 AMMass (Sunday Obligation)
9:00 AMWelcome. Opening Prayer by Father Cory Sticha, Chaplain
9:00 - 10:00 AMKeynote Address by Greg Willits, Author
10:00 - 10:30 AMCoffee Break and Networking
10:30 - 11:15 AMBreakout session by Maria Johnson: Blogging
11:20 - 12:05 PMBreakout session by Lisa Hendey: Developing a Successful Social Media Team
12:05 - 1:00 PMLunch
1:00 - 1:45 PMBreakout session by Pat Padley: Marketing for Parishes
1:50 - 2:35 PMBreakout session by Jeff Nielsen: Getting Started in Podcasting
2:40 - 3:30 PMNew Media Mastermind Sessions
3:30 - 4:00 PMCoffee Break and Networking
4:00 - 5:00 PMCatholic Weekend Live! with special guest Fr. Dave Dwyer
5:00 - 6:00 PMClosing Keynote by Fr. Roderick Vonhögen, CEO

The CNMC15 schedule is subject to change. Keep in touch for updates as they become available by following us on Twitter or Facebook.