Capstone Projects are actual Digital Discipleship Boot Camp projects that were designed and implemented by DDBC past participants. Please browse through the titles below to see for yourself how varied and creative our participants have been!
Joining the 21st Century: Steps to Creating a Parish Communication Plan
by Elizabeth Potito, Most Holy Trinity Parish, Diocese of Scranton
Elizabeth’s gives us an ambitious plan to bring her parish up to date in communications in response to closing and combining parishes.
The Quiet Roam (QR) Church Tour
by Linda Fitzsimmons, St. Martin dePorres, Archdiocese of New York
Using a website created in Wix and QR coding technology, Linda created a tour of her church, with a focus on the stained glass windows.
The Digital Story of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine at St. Joseph’s, Mogadore
by Deacon Stephen Gies
Deacon Gies used QR coding and YouTube videos to showcase this beautiful shrine. Read how he was flexible enough to incorporate bookmarks into his original plan!
My Parish Pilgrimage
By Bill Waters
At Last: Parish Online Registration
by Kathleen Kerns
Kathleen created a simple Google Form to facilitate registration for Faith Formation in her parish. Read how she did it in her DDBC article!
Women @ The Well
By Sarah Pedrozo
Sarah is the coordinator of women’s ministries in her parish. She created a website so that isolated groups of women in the parish could share, communicate and connect with one another. Here’s a great example of how technology can be used to connect others so that we can support one another in our different ministries!
Our Lady of Belén Faith Formation Website
by Therese Salazar
Therese chose to create an updated faith formation website for her Capstone Project. We wanted to showcase her work because it demonstrates how including a web presence can make a good faith formation program even better! Enjoy seeing the results of her work here.
A New Website for Saint Joseph Faith Formation
by Carlo Zeffiro
Carlo created a beautiful new website for his ministry as director of faith formation at St. Joseph Parish, in Addison, Illinois. We love his comment that he quickly discovered that his job entailed “…advertising and communications. I was writing bulletin articles, mass announcements and take home reminders.” If you find yourself in a similar position, read about how Carlo solved this challenge by creating this website.
Catechesis – Exploring New Tools
by Sister Siân Owen, Diocese of Auckland, New Zealand
Read how one of our international DDBC participants introduced digital tools to her diocesan catechists. One of her catechists said, “The 21st Century is here, and with it an abundance of technology tools that Catechists can use to enliven their ministries and build authentic relationships. We minister in an exciting time to learn, to explore and to share together.”
Engaging Families With Creative Online Content
by Janet Caschetta, Director of Youth Catechesis, Joliet, IL
Janet created a beautiful website to help families discover the four pillars of the Catechism. Read her article and be sure to visit the website she created as her Capstone Project, which has family activities on it.
Moving Faith Formation Ministries to the Digital Classroom
by Johan Engström, Rochester, NY – 2015
From his NCCL attendance, to joining DDBC, to transforming his parish hardware, use of social media, and integrating Web 2.0 technology – Johan did it all! Read this detailed but concise article to see what happens when a DFF takes DDBC lessons to heart.
Developing the Immaculate Conception Adult Faith Formation Website
Sr. Cora Lombardo, Archdiocese of New York – 2015
Inspired by the needs of her parish and her participation in DDBC, Sr. Cora has developed a comprehensive Adult Faith Formation website. You have GOT to see this one!
Webinar Initiatives to Encourage More Participation For Catechist Training Workshops
Katie Choudhary, Joliet, IL – 2015
Tech-savvy Katie used her DDBC skills to create a truly collaborative, blended training experience. Working with her DFF (live) and catechists (live and online), she created a series of webinars allowing all to learn about and experience Visio Divina.
Multimedia Resources Website
Deborah Converse, Diocese of St. Petersburg, FL – 2015
Using Squarespace, Deborah created a website that presents quality multimedia sites – both free and paid- that have been curated for use in adult faith formation.
A Digital Tool that can help Directors of Faith Formation Create Informed Catechists by Kellie DeLeo, Diocese of Orange, CA, 2014
This Capstone shows how a DFF can harness the potential of Wikispaces Classroom to provide and information and sharing hub for her catechists in a parish setting.
AMS Catechist Talk by Jose Amaya, Director of Faith Formation, Archdiocese for the Military Services, 2014.
The AMS Catechists Talk is a social networking community designed to respond to the catechist’s desire to dialogue, collaborate and consult online across the globe, to share best practices and faith stories as they engage in the implementation of AMS Forming Disciples for the New Evangelization: Archdiocesan Religion Curriculum Guide, catechist formation and leadership development, and supporting active duty families with the AMS Family Faith Assessment/Passport. This was accomplished with a closed Facebook Group, Connect and Share.
Forming Our Catechists: Six Tasks Every Catechist Should Know by Claire McManus, Fall River Diocese, 2014. Google Forms, Weebly website and other Web 2.0 tools combine to create basic online catechist training for new catechists.
Each One – Reach One – Give One = The Power of One: A Social Media Fundraising Campaign, by Angela Jackson, Diocese of Richmond, 2014. This project used Animoto videos and the power of Facebook to help an inner city parish of limited resources to design a social media fundraising campaign.
Using Blogs in Faith Formation by Tanya LeSane, Diocese of Richmond, 2014. Using a WordPress blog to distribute reading assignments and to gather discussion comments, this project conducted an online book study of Pope Francis I’s book, The Joy of the Gospel.
Preserving History With An Angel by Patti Kamper, Diocese of Richmond, 2014. Using YouTube and QR coding, this creative CRE captured the history of her parish through the eyes and stories of one senior parishioner for the celebration of the parish’s 25th anniversary.
Diocesan Certification for the Over-extended Catechist by Liz Girton, Diocese of Charlotte, NC 2013
Catechists require solid formation themselves in catechetical ministry. Read about how Liz integrated a WordPress blog in the catechist formation process of her parish.
Establishment of a Parenting Blog for the Faith Community of St. Francis of Assisi Parish by Marty McClain, Diocese of Cincinnati 2013
Using WordPress, the goal of this Capstone Project was to establish a parenting blog to help connect families to their parish.
Archdiocese 101: An Online Introduction to the Ministries and Services of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Using Wiki Classrooms in Ministry by Jan Von Handorf, Athenaeum of Ohio Lay Pastoral Ministry Program, Archdiocese of Cincinnati 2013
Jan redesigned the Orientation course of the diocesan lay ministry program using Wikispaces Classroom.
Educational Use of Cell Phones in the Religion Classroom by Fr. Joseph Hannon, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, Diocese of St. Petersburg 2013
Fr. Joe incorporated the use of cell phones in his New Testament Class of High School Juniors using Poll Everywhere. They loved it!
One World, One Church by Amy Barber 2011
This project is designed for middle school students. Amy utilized Constant Contact, Twitter, Animoto and Windows Movie Maker to connect Catholic students in Florida with students in Brazil.
Serving Busy Catechists Through Web Tools for Catechist Certification by Sr. Beatrice Caulson, 2011
Seeking to make certification classes more accessible, Sr. Beatrice shows how GoToMeeting can be utilized in catechist formation online classes.
Parent to Parent Podcasts: Using Technology to Help Families Discuss the Gospel by Kristine Neumeyer Jenkins, 2011
Kristi used Yodio and Blogger (Blogspot) to create podcasts that would help faith formation families reflect on the Gospel readings.
Seek and YOU Will Find: Evangelizing via Geocaching by Diane Kledzik, 2011
Geocaching is a worldwide hunt and seek game using GPS (global positioning satellite) technology. Diane’s project used Catholic pilgrimage sites in the five counties of the Diocese of St. Petersburg as the locations for her hidden caches, bringing awareness of our Catholic history to others who discovered them while playing the game.
Shelter From the Storm by Paul Jeffrey Thomas, 2012
Paul is a musician and music director. His Capstone Project was to set an original song to images of destruction and hope after Hurricane Sandy as a reflective catechetical experience. He used YouTube and Facebook to share his creation. http://youtu.be/5odlK2Ddvo8
WordPress Website for the Permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Las Cruces by Madeleine Vessel, 2012
Madeleine created a website for permanent deacons using WordPress, a blogging platform. Having a designated website will allow the deacons to learn to use new technology as well as to interact more with one another online.
Addressing Academic Integrity in Secondary School Theology Classes by Sr. Ann Regan, 2012
Sr. Ann is a theology teacher at a Catholic school. Her Capstone Project was to develop an instructional unit on ethical use of iPads for her students. She used iPads and Google Docs to develop her curriculum and her students demonstrated their learning using Prezi and Animoto.
Year of Faith: Breaking Open Liturgy by Dale Brown, 2012.
Dale created a blog with the specific goal of catechizing the parish community on the Eucharistic Liturgy as part of the Year of Faith. She linked this to Twitter and Facebook for a broader reach.
The Parent’s Hub for all Youth Ministry by Amy Acker-Mobley, 2012
Amy utilized a Wikispaces and Glogster to create an online information hub for Youth Ministry parents and Young Adult Ministry participants in her parish.
Organizing Your RCIA Team with a Wiki by Ruth Manlandro , 2012
Ruth developed a wiki for her RCIA team in order to replace email as a main vehicle of communication. The wiki included a Google calendar, teaching materials, schedules, and topics.
Parish Engagement, Evangelization and Education Through Digital Technology by Ginny Nolan, 2012
Ginny’s Capstone Project was to update parish communications by integration of Web 2.0 technology. The parish website, Constant Contact and Facebook were some of her targeted areas.
Hidden Treasures of Nombre de Dios Mission and Our Lady of La Leche Chapel, St. Augustine, Florida by Barbara Eretto, 2012
Barbara employed QR coding with confirmation students, sending them on a high tech scavenger hunt for Catholic historical places in her diocese.
Digital Storytelling Project: We Are All Pilgrims on a Journey by Sue Sharlow, 2012
Sue used images and Windows Live Moviemaker to create a digital story of her pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago do Campostela in Spain, and shared it with the youth in her Faith Formation program.
Help! My Bible Study Group Has Shrunk by Sybil Stewart, 2012
In response to the reality of seasonal parishioners, Sybil created a wiki where Bible Study participants can continue to share and grow in faith, even when they have left the area.
Middle School Youth Group Led by The Spirit and Taught Through Technology by Amy Barber, 2011, Gainesville, FL
Originally entitled, One World, One Church, Amy used social media and a variety of Web 2.0 tools to create a connection between youth in Florida and youth in Brazil.