Greetings & Blessings
. . . from the new website of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth!
It is my great honour to address you from this new communications platform, which we hope will go a long way towards improving the flow of information and communication within the Diocese.
The internet has certainly gone a long way towards changing the evangelisation landscape, and the opportunities it offers for fast, accurate and in-depth communication and information dissemination are endless. The Church has been quick to seize upon this, and the internet today is a vast pool of information and resources for Catholics.
It is therefore with great pleasure that I introduce our new website to you. I ask you to scrutinise it, criticise it and make positive suggestions for its improvement and enhancement.
In the early days, and too often in our parishes today, websites were merely regarded as digital bulletin boards – put the information up there and hope people will see it.
Well, that is no longer the case – with the plethora of information and entertainment out there, a website has to be really dynamic and useful for users to come back time and time again. We hope we are going to be able to accomplish that with our new site.
The website can be so much more than a billboard – it is that, yes, and that is an important part of its mission statement .
But it can be a Faith Formation resource, it can be an interactive discussion forum, it can even be used as a fund-raising platform !
However, to quote St John Paul II again, the website remains a communication means, not an end in itself. A website is only as good and as strong as the PEOPLE that use it, either to post and enter information onto the site, or those who visit it and provide feedback and comments. The more dynamic the PEOPLE are, the more dynamic the website is.
Something we must always bear in mind is that the website is the window into the heart and soul of an organisation, be it a business, an institution, a parish or the diocese. In the language of the early days of computers “Wysiwig (note: pronounced whizzywhig): What You See Is What You Get.”
The website should be warm and welcoming, interactive, informative, dynamic and above all, reflective of the love, generosity and spirituality of the people it serves.
We hope we have achieved this.
Welcome to our website, and God Bless you all.
X Vincent Mduduzi Zungu OFM