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Young Edmundite Priests’ Aim to Evangelize with Their YouTube Show

COLCHESTER, Vt. (CNS) – Father Lino Oropeza is a fan of technology. He worked in information technology in his native Venezuela before becoming a priest of the Society of St. Edmund, based at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.

So, it seems natural that he would come up with an idea to combine technology and education about the Catholic faith.

“People are not coming to church, so this was an idea to bring the church to them,” he said. “The charism of the Society of St. Edmund is to evangelize people. Everything we do is geared toward that. This is one piece of that.”

“This” is “The Edmundite Show,” a weekly half-hour program on YouTube presented by Father Oropeza and fellow Edmundite, Father Michael Carter.

The show, produced in Father Oropeza’s office on campus, is not scripted; the order’s two youngest priests just let the conversation develop. Father Oropeza, 36, and Father Carter, 27, presented the first Edmundite Show for All Saints Day in November. Since then, topics have focused on vocations, the sacrament of reconciliation, St. Edmund, Thanksgiving and the feast of Christ the King, Advent and the Immaculate Conception.

The show can be viewed at