5 Catholic Social Networking Sites That You Should Know About

Social networking is the quickly becoming the premiere means of developing strong and communicative groups that would otherwise be unable to function on a large scale.  Unfortunately, not everyone is jumping on the web 2.0 bandwagon as quickly as they should (Catholic Church... I'm looking in your direction...).  While it may be forgivable for a parish to not have an up-to-date website, it is simply a sin not to take advantage web 2.0 phenomenon.  Fortunately, there are some fantastic Catholics out there that realize the importance of modern communication as a means of evangelization and fellowship.  Here are 5 blossoming Catholic social networking sites that you should check out right now!

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FlockNote - "As a leader in the Catholic community, you can send notes to your entire flock – or just a specific group – without the frustrating job of managing multiple mailing lists by email. As a member, you can get the latest news and information from the groups you care about – through the website, email, txt message, and more."

Catholic Community - "If you run a group, organization or parish you can use this community to promote your aims, charisms and your news and events. When people link to your group you can not only keep them up to date, but they can meet other people who share a passion for your work."

4 Marks - Definitely one of the preeminent Catholic social networking sites out there. The 4 Marks site sates that, "Whether you are an established writer or an aspiring apologist; a lay person or a consecrated religious - 4 Marks encourages you to share your talent and your identity as part of the 4marks community."

catholic social networking can make the world smallerXt3 - According to the site: "Launched at WYD08, Xt3 is the fastest growing social network of its kind, with members throughout the world from over 200 countries. Xt3 connects you with people who want to make a difference and helps you build a better world. Everyone is welcome."

MyCatholicVillage -  My Catholic Village is the MySpace of Catholic social networking sites.  It's not as active as some of the other sites, but it is still a neat place to check out.

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Catholic social networking sites are great, but don't forget that mainstream social networking sites are also a worthwhile place to share your faith with Catholics and Non-Catholics alike.  I use Twitter and Facebook like there is no tomorrow, and I have met a great bunch of faithful Catholics through both of them.

If you know of other good Catholic social networking sites, let me know in the comments and I will add them to this post!

14 Comments

  • Diane

    Reply Reply October 24, 2009

    Thank you for sifting through and culling out these websites. I will assess each of them to determine their relevance to my situation. You've saved me a lot of time and, probably, anxiety. I need to add, however, that the picture on the site is a bit scary. It doesn't strike me as a welcoming image. I understand the concept, just was a bit put off when I first saw it.

  • Dean Soto

    Reply Reply October 24, 2009

    Hi Diane! You are welcome! Thank you for being honest about the picture. I was a little hesitant with it, but there wasn't any out there that were free to use that made the "small world" point. I will try and avoid odd pictures like this in the future! Thanks for the feedback!

  • libardo

    Reply Reply April 17, 2010

    Hi Dean Soto! You are great! It is essential to provide people the righ tools to build a belief! I will share something with you.
    a total unexplored terrain to deliver informational tools:
    http://world.secondlife.com/group/35000740-eb2b-69ba-a190-988a11c73c02
    Have a great day!! Please remeber me!

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply April 17, 2010

      Wow! That is really neat. Great way to bring the faith into a very niche arena like Second Life. That is awesome!

  • Deacon Bob Davis

    Reply Reply March 8, 2011

    Sadly, 4Marks has closed down for lack of activity. Not so much for the site, as for the advertisers, who weren't getting much action. And advertisers, after all, paid the bills!

    • Dean Soto

      Reply Reply March 9, 2011

      Really? That's too bad... *sigh* That's why, even with Catholic sites, you have to figure out how you are going to make a profit from the very beginning.

      Hopefully more Catholic social networks spring up. Or at least one that becomes a predominant network...

      Thanks for the comment, Deacon Bob!

    • Norman

      Reply Reply February 10, 2014

      Hi Deacon Bob. It's sad that they're gone but we're doing our best to fill that space and quite a number of 4 Marks remnants have signed up on our site. Check out the features of Awestruck's redesigned site here: http://awestruck.tv/about/

  • Joseph Dietrick

    Reply Reply March 15, 2011

    Some of the sites listed are gone or are no longer a social site. Hope you can either find more to replace the ones that are gone or no longer a social site.

  • Brian Pedone

    Reply Reply March 18, 2011

    A new Catholic site that is sweeping the world: Are You Catholic? (www.AreYouCatholic.com)

    AreYouCatholic.com - An easy way for Catholics to publicly and anonymously share what it means to be Catholic. An active Catholic Church offers its parishioners the ability to share with the public the random acts of charity they perform in the community. All acts are traced back to the church and offer excellent and positive visibility to the Catholic Church and also helps spread the message of Catholicism.

    We currently have 15 churches using the site (13 across the U.S., 1 in Canada, and 1 in Kenya).

  • John Rae-Kelly

    Reply Reply October 6, 2011

    Great Catholic networking site: iCatholic which is part of the Catholic TV web portal here in Boston Archdiocese. Link: http://icatholic.catholictv.com/

  • Joseph Dietrick

    Reply Reply April 21, 2012

    My wife and I created a social networking site http://www.socialjesusloveisglobalinc.com. We are Catholics and we want all Pro-Life and Traditional Marriage minded people to join us.

  • M

    Reply Reply October 21, 2012

    Hey, you forgot about http://www.awestruckglobal.com

    It has everything you can think: profile, messaging, blog feeds, saint-of-the-day-updates, parish directory, live chat, etc. My favourite feature is having groups (and the ability to create your own). There's a prayer wall, and a Bible-study group, poetry page, etc.

    If you want to find out more, there's a video on the homepage.

    Here's the EWTN video of awestruckglobal.com : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STyn7ZyyTB8

    PS: I'd love to see you there!

  • francis

    Reply Reply March 28, 2013

    wat a lovely site. i would like to know know more about catholic netwoking and dating site where we all meet in one accord as the church teaches and project true faith of catholicism

  • Norman

    Reply Reply February 10, 2014

    The new Awestruck site http://awestruck.tv s a redesign from scratch. All the functionality has been dramatically improved in an effort to provide a personalized experience for Catholic social networking. The site even allows members access to the backend as a blogging platform.

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