At the CELEBRATE FAITH 2013 Convention at the Emerald Coast Conference Center in Destin Florida, Bishop Gregory Parkes delivered a touching message during the homilie. For the 1st time, I’ve heard the mention of twitter from the alter. For me, this was affirming to hear; I’ve been spending much of the last three years working on twitter software developing techniques of “social search”. He went on to say that we as Christians are called to seek those in hiding or have not yet found the Light and Truth in their lives.
Before mass, there was a priest who asked the room, “by show of hands who went to Catholic Schools before 1960?” and three quarters of the room raised their hands. To them, the message about finding people most likely doesn’t apply to them with twitter, but to me his mention of twitter validated my efforts. Earlier in the week, I posted on facebook “Unless I spread God’s message and good, none of the social search engineering I do is worth anything.” I should broaden that statement: unless I deliver God’s message, nothing I do is worth anything.
Recently I’ve developed a social search engine that enables me to automatically build communities of similar interest. For the alpha and bata testing, I have over 400 twitter accounts engaged building an array of micro-communities. I’ve made one for Saint Maximilian Kolbe powered by my social search software that’s currently searching for key conversation topics that apply to his ministry. Most of my other accounts have a higher success rate than the Saint’s twitter page, but the bishop reminded me if my mission is successful if I only reach one person’s heart.
Four Polish men: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Father Maximilian Kolbe, Deacon Thaddeus Horbowy, Benjamin Horbowy.
In photo: Archbishop Thomas Wenski, Father Maximilian Kolbe, Deacon Thaddeus Horbowy, and Benjamin Horbowy. My family would like to share this painting with the community. My dad, “Deacon Ted” carried the painting of Saint Maximilian Kolbe with him for 18 years. He kept it sealed in a wooden crate waiting for the right moment to present it. He felt it was finally time and appropriate to show it during a private audience with the Archbishop of Miami.
Personal message by Franciszek Gajowniczek on the back
On the back of the painting, there is a hand written description, history, and dedication from Franciszek Gajowniczek with his signature. I was there at the time of the inscription in Mr. Gojowniczek’s home in Poland. I remember he was very weak and barely had the energy to sign his name. He signed on the wood and on the canvas.
Ah, where’s the beard?
Before the Red Mass, I caught a second where the Archbishop joked with my dad in Polish about him not having his beard. The last time they met, he was only a bishop and my dad had a long beard that he grew in mourning of the death of Pope John Paul 2.