Saint Thomas More is one of the patrons of the Diocese of Arlington

Blessed with the richness of the Truth of our faith, we know that the Catholic Church has the mission and responsibility to spread the Good News. In the Gospel of Mark, Christ tells us, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).  In today’s multimedia world, Pope Benedict asks that we take on “responsibility for the evangelization of this “digital continent”” (Pope Benedict, Message for the 43rd World Communications Day).  Here in the Diocese of Arlington, we do our best to accomplish that through our parishes, schools and ministries as well as through an online presence on our website, TwitterFacebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.

We recognize that many people are looking for more information about faith online.  In fact, statistics show that 64% of adults look up religious or spiritual information on the Internet (PRSA). Encourage and Teach has a mission to answer questions about the faith and the Diocese of Arlington in a thorough yet accessible way.

Bishop Loverde and brother priests at the March for Life

On our Contributors page, you will see that we have contributors from various ministries, including Bishop Paul S. Loverde.  The blog contributors write in the hopes that they might encourage all readers to find out more about their faith and to embrace the fullness of the truth that the Catholic Church offers. Encourage & Teach is an opportunity for people such as the Vocation’s Director, School Superintendent and Liturgist to speak directly to readers on pertinent subjects and issues.

We welcome your questions and comments (most blog posts are in response to a question received either via this blog, via e-mail or at an event), and ask that you adhere to our Comment Policy. The Diocese encourages dialogue and asks that if you choose to participate you do so in a respectful way. You are also invited  to submit questions to communications@arlingtondiocese.org. While they may not have the opportunity  to answer all questions, contributors will select relevant questions to the mission of Encourage & Teach.

We know that conversations occur daily on the Web and recognize that the Catholic faith needs to be part of that conversation. Thank you for reading and please tell your friends and family about this blog as well!

Parishioners enjoy the Catholic Heritage Festival