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New Technology New Ministry

Posted on: December 16, 1999 10:01 AM
Related Categories: Europe, technology

[The European Anglican] The impact on the church of new technology is growing all the time, especially in the area of telecommunications. Examples of the spread of this technology came recently from two sources: the Diocese in Europe and the Shrine of Our lady at Walsingham.

A legacy of £10,000 has enabled the Diocese in Europe to embark on a project to ensure that all its chaplains in the Eastern Archdeaconry - including Greece, Turkey, Russia and the Ukraine - will be provided with an Internet link.

The Diocesan Secretary, Adrian Mumford, said: "The Diocese is technologically advanced and aware in the field of electronic communications, and by November 2000 every single chaplaincy should have an email address which will increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of communication in our wide and diverse diocese."

In another project, the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, England, launched its new web site on Advent Sunday. The home page is also shared with the Roman Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham, and surfers will be able to visit both sites.

The web site includes information for pilgrims, including local accommodation, regular news items, details of programmes and courses for the Education Department, and an online version of the Shrine Shop.

"The unique message of Walsingham is truly international," said the Shrine's Administrator, Father Martin Warner. "It is then fitting that we recognise the ability of the Internet to cross national borders and speak to thousands of people throughout the world and thereby encourage a wider understanding of Mary's response to God."

The Walsingham web site includes a prayer request page to encourage intercession, where anyone can submit items which will be prayed about at weekday services at the Shrine. The web site can be found at