Cardinal's Take on New Media


Thanks to my friend Chris Pham at CatholicTV for sharing the following press release.  I’ve also decided to include an episode of this show, featuring Jay Fadden and Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley sit down with the director of CatholicTV to discuss new media.  This program can be viewed here in its entirety or weekly on the CatholicTV site if you don’t live in their viewing area.

Weekly Television Show Takes Catholics Into the Mind of a Cardinal

CatholicTV is now showing a weekly series called “Conversations with Cardinal Sean”. The show takes viewers into the mind of a man who studied 7 languages, wears sandals during the Boston winter, and once voluntarily lived in a prostitution and drug-infested slum in order to experience and alleviate the sufferings of oppressed Washington D.C. tenants.

CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television station headquartered near Boston. Each week, viewers can watch a 30-minute show featuring Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Jay Fadden- the general manager of CatholicTV. During the show, Jay Fadden asks a myriad of questions on subjects ranging from abortion to blogging.

Cardinal O’Malley, who prefers to be called “Cardinal Sean,” is known for his love of and commitment to the poor, his joyful demeanor, and his absolute devotion to others.

His family was devoutly Catholic and often participated in religious retreats. It was during one of these retreats that Cardinal Sean had an encounter with a Franciscan Friar who Cardinal Sean’s father called “the happiest man in the world”.

At the age of 12, then-named Patrick O’Malley entered the St. Fidelis Minor Seminary. . According to “Current Biography Magazine”, a fellow student at St. Fidelis said that “Most of us were ballplayers hoping to be priests one day. Sean was a little priest the whole way through . . . he was a little Franciscan the whole way through. He was the real thing from day one.”

“Conversations with Cardinal Sean” can be seen each week on Monday at 10:30AM; Wednesday at 12:30AM & 9PM; Thursday at 6:30PM; Friday at 3:30AM & 12:30PM; and Saturday at 1PM. All times are Eastern Standard.

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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