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Webcast brings global congregation to ordination

By TIM WENZL
Southwest Kansas Register

The ordination and installation of Bishop John B. Brungardt was viewed by a congregation of more than 2,000. Folding chairs were transported from neighboring parishes and added to the 1,500-seat cathedral to enable more to attend. The use of available technology, however, allowed another 1,000 “viewers” to “attend” via the internet. And others are still watching.
The installation streamed live on the diocesan website. Anyone can still go on line and watch the installation rite and the vespers prayer service from Feb. 1 at www.dcdiocese.org. On the day of the installation, 1,052 people logged onto the website and watched. Of these, 1,028 were from the United States and Canada; 24 logged on in Europe.  There were nine viewers in Italy, four in Austria, and viewers in Belgium, France, and Spain.  Kansas had 768 viewers and there were about 250 from other states.
Technology also allowed for viewers feedback. Below is a sampling of comments from Facebook and direct e-mails to the chancery.
“It was awesome. The reception was excellent. I felt like I was present in a front pew. Thank you to everyone who made viewing the ordination online possible. God bless you.”                                                 -- Rosarie Jecha
“Praise Jesus! I am so glad our diocese is trying to evangelize with this technology! Keep up the good work and God bless!”                 -- Melissa Dawn Conway
“I was one of the ‘over 1,000.’ I have friends in the Diocese of Dodge City and had the privilege to visit there several years ago. Thanks for making the feed available.”                       -- Father Raymond Harris
“I have moved away but was able to watch this on your site, so thanks for that! I saw so many familiar faces and love staying connected to St. Mary’s and the diocese! Welcome to Bishop Brungardt!”
-- Ann Maresh Troy
“Thanks for the live view of the ordination. It was neat to watch it and to see our Sacred Heart Pratt kids there too.”                         -- Katie Haselhorst
“We watched it here, and it was lovely, but the link was slow. It may have been the connection here. The images were beautiful.”
-- Father Meinrad Miller, OSB, from Florence, Italy
“Father Bob (Schremmer), and Sister Janice (Grochowsky), and whoever else was helping on the wonderful coverage of Bishop Brungardt’s consecration and installation, a huge thank you. I was not able to come to it, but I would imagine I got one of the greatest views of it by watching the wonderful coverage on the website. I hope you can have time for a big sigh of relief and some rest after all your work. It was such a beautiful, festive, solemn, touching ceremony. And I know I speak for the Sisters who watched it here on computers, we are so grateful that you make this accessible for us by computer. We all send our thanks to you for all your work in planning this, and in welcoming Bishop Brungardt. The Mass, consecration, installation, and the chance to hear Bishop Brungardt right away at the end of the Mass really was a great way for us to get introduced to his pastoral presence. Thank you once again! Peace, daily prayer for you, blessings, and gratitude.”
-- Sister Elaine Osborne O.P., Great Bend



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