Article: Cybermission: New Ways to Pray, Connect, Minister, and Cross Border




In order to further efforts in mission education, the Maryknoll movement has long engaged all the available communications media. Throughout the 1990s, interest in the world wide web as a means of mission education grew. Individuals and organizational offices learned to use email, blogs, and emerging social media as a way to spread the word about mission. More than simply a means of communication, this was also a new culture in which to discover a means of approach.
Although the Sisters’ website, www.maryknollsisters.org, had long hosted a “post-a-prayer” section, inviting visitors to indicate their prayer intentions, the web as ministry media grew. In Hong Kong, Anastasia Lindawati complemented her ministry with a project to create a twenty-four-hour prayer presence. Her goal is to organize a presence that makes prayer companioning available through a chat-room type environment. More than an on-line perpetual adoration, the idea is to pray together with another person in a moment of need.




P.S. This article was published in Lernoux, Penny. Centenary Edition: Hearts on Fire: The Story of the Maryknoll Sisters. New York: Orbis Books, 2011.