Religious organisation search for members on Internet.
Tuesday, August 7 2012
Religion and new technologies.- The crisis of faith and the continuous sexual scandals surrounding some religious orders have resulted in a reduction in the number of applicants wishing to become priests. Some organizations have found on Internet an alternative to contact new volunteers.
One of these organizations is the Congregation of the Mission, an order that follow the teaching of St. Vincent of Paul and which was founded in the year 1600. In the last 40 years the Congregation has lost half of its members, a reality that have forced them to open their own Web site while distributing CD-ROMs and emails to potential members.
However, this Congregation is not the only religious order in realizing the marketing power of the Internet and many others groups such as the Dominicans or the Jesuits have followed their example using new technology in order to stop a drastic reduction in the number of their members.
Furthermore, a number of organizations have come together and have opened a common website: www.vocations.com.