Bishops' IT committee to plot communications future

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has asked Church Resources to convene a Church-wide high level community of stakeholders to plan and execute a strategy that costs up to $150 million per annum.

CLICK HEREA statement yesterday from the Bishops Conference reported that the leaders of key Catholic Church entities in Australia are "joining forces on the purchase and use of information and communications technology in a new initiative to pool resources and help spread the Church's message".

Mr Greg Whitby, the Director of Schools, Diocese of Wollongong, has been appointed to chair the new Information and Communications Technology Committee.

"This is an exciting initiative because, for the first time, the Australian Church is taking a full view of the factors so vital to communication of evangelisation and the operations of our church," Mr Whitby said. "We can really help with economies, efficiencies and improve communications by taking this approach."

Mr Whitby is joined on the Committee by other Directors and CEOs of Church entities: Peter Selwood, Centacare, Brisbane; John Ballard, Mercy Health and Aged Care; Christopher Rigby, Catholic Health Services; Herbie O'Flynn, Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn; and Dr Kristen Johnston, ACLRI.

Church Resources will work as the executive support and secretariat for the committee.

"The committee wants to have the benefit of the needs and experience of all Church sectors," Mr Whitby said. "To that end we want to invite executives in each major sector of Church activity - Health, Aged Care, Education, Religious Congregations, Parishes and Dioceses, Welfare - to be part of formulating a church-wide strategy."

"We want those with needs to join together in formulating a solution."

Church bodies join forces on information and communications technology (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference/Church Resources 20/9/05)

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21 Sep 2005