Be My Disciples: New Website Fosters Discipleship

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Editor’s Note: Thanks to Tricia Hempel of RCL Benzinger for sharing the following press release regarding the launch of the new website BeMyDisciples.com. The website shares the stories of students, parents, catechists and church leaders who are striving to live lives of discipleship. I recommend a visit for some inspiration and motivation in your own daily walk as a disciple of Christ. LMH

RCL Benziger launches website to foster a Catholic community of disciples

CINCINNATI, Ohio — RCL Benziger, a leader in religious education programs and products for the Catholic community for nearly 200 years, has launched a new website, www.BeMyDisciples.com. The date selected for the launch was August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, and the first of her son’s disciples. She was a true disciple who accepted her faith, lived and grew in it.

RCL Benziger is using the new site to imagine the “what ifs?” of a world full of Christ’s disciples.

The website allows visitors to share their own stories of discipleship by uploading blog entries or short videos in an easy format. Inspirational videos from a catechist, a DRE, a pastor, a parent and a student offer food for reflection for others to share thoughts, ideas and inspiration.

Peter M. Esposito, President of RCL Benziger, noted that the inspiration for this project came about by listening to a radio program where people had the opportunity to record and share reflections about their mothers. This had a tremendous impact upon him. The goal of www.BeMyDisciples.com is to encourage Catholics to share stories of discipleship that they have encountered or actions by others that were inspired by Jesus Christ’s example.

“We as Catholics don’t always openly display our emotions about our faith; however, now we have a web community where people can contribute stories, reflect upon them, and come together to share their experiences as disciples, re-evangelizing their faith,” he said.

 

In the coming months, resources and materials for catechists, teachers, parents and students will be added to the site to offer a theological foundation that complements the personal witness stories.

 

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com 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. She blogs at multiple online venues including Patheos. Her 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 the Catholic Press Association tour of Israel as a guest of the Israeli Ministry of Tourism. Hendey lives with her family in the Diocese of Fresno, California.

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  1. I am a 4th grade Catechetical teacher. I purchased a 4th grade CD to go with my Be My Disciple curicculum, but was dissapointed there were no lyrics included with the CDs. After two hours (really!) of searching online, I cannot find either the CDs nor a music booki to go with them. DOes anyone know where these might be found? The RCL Benziger sites all show “not found” with regards to music. Thank you!

  2. Tricia Hempel on

    Hi Denise,
    Thanks so much for alerting us to your concern. I hope I can answer it to your satisfaction!
    The short answer is that the music and lyric books will be available in the spring of 2013. If you send me your email, I can let you know as soon as we have them.
    The longer answer is a reason for this: One of the songs, by Jesse Manibusan, has not yet been published by any music publisher and he holds the rights. We have permission to use the song and to print the lyrics, but the rights issues between Jesse and publishers need to be sorted out.
    If it helps at all, most of the songs can be found in hymnals available in church: Gather by GIA, Journey and Breaking Bread, by OCP, and Word and Song by LTP. We can provide lyrics for the Steve Angrisano title song, if you contact me.
    When we put the catalog together a year ago, some of these difficulties were not foreseen, and I do apologize for any inconvenience. Please email me at [email protected] if I can help in any way with this!

  3. Posted by Lisa:

    Hi Denise,
    Thanks so much for alerting us to your concern. I hope I can answer it to your satisfaction!
    The short answer is that the music and lyric books will be available in the spring of 2013. If you send me your email, I can let you know as soon as we have them.
    The longer answer is a reason for this: One of the songs, by Jesse Manibusan, has not yet been published by any music publisher and he holds the rights. We have permission to use the song and to print the lyrics, but the rights issues between Jesse and publishers need to be sorted out.
    If it helps at all, most of the songs can be found in hymnals available in church: Gather by GIA, Journey and Breaking Bread, by OCP, and Word and Song by LTP. We can provide lyrics for the Steve Angrisano title song, if you contact me.
    When we put the catalog together a year ago, some of these difficulties were not foreseen, and I do apologize for any inconvenience. Please email me at [email protected] if I can help in any way with this!
    Tricia Hempel
    Web editor
    RCL Benziger

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