Where did the Digital Disciple Network come from? What is it all about?
Digital Discipleship Boot Camp (DDBC) was started in 2011 by Sr. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF and Claudia McIvor, MSEd, in their home diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. Their mission was to bring technology training to administrators, religious education catechists and teachers, principals and church staffs. Although they began teaching in a face-to-face format, they soon adapted to an all-online training format. As participants graduated, the network of ministers comfortable with technology grew. And so evolved the Digital Disciple Network (DDN), a network that now includes hundreds of ministers who live in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Portugal.
If you are wondering what our DDBC graduates are doing with technology, we encourage you to read their stories on our Capstone Stories page. As you read their stories, you will notice that once they became comfortable and gained new skills, they quickly found ways to use social media, create videos, use and create websites and blogs, and more!
In 2017, DDN began to involve other organizations. A collaborative partnership developed with the Digital Disciple Network (DDN), National Association of Catholic Media Partners (NACMP) and the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). The advisory group representing these organizations includes the following members:
- Claire McManus, Director Adult Formation & Spirituality, Diocese of Fall River
- John Roberto, President of LifelongFaith Associates
- Steve Botsford, Director of Religious Education, St. Ann Church, Marietta, Georgia
- Kellie De Leo, Director of Faith Formation, St. Bartholomew Church, Long Beach, CA
- Andrea Kopp, Assistant Director of Professional Development, NCEA
- Andrea Slaven, Associate Director of Faith Formation/Instructional Technologist, Diocese of Syracuse
- Timone Davis, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology, with an emphasis in Black Catholic Theology, Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Pastoral Studies
- Jose Amaya, Director, Faith Formation, Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA
- Ruth Manlandro, Consultant at Educational Collaborators
- Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, President, Digital Disciple Network
If you are interested in integrating 21st Century technology in your ministry, this website is for you! Enjoy browsing our pages, and contact us if you have any questions or comments, or if you would like to be more involved in our network.