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Church Leaders Finding New Ways to Communicate

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. – Philippians 2:1-2

Catholic Organizations Enhance Communications

Today, information is essential. Whether it’s traffic delays, recalled products, weather alerts, public safety information or even communication between businesses or collaborative entities, information is paramount to daily living.

And while you might think it is governmental agencies or school systems that should be most concerned with advanced communication systems, several Catholic dioceses and archdioceses are seeking out these technologies as well.


These dioceses and archdioceses are joining the ranks of government entities, school systems, universities and health care organizations by enhancing their communication worldwide with a state-of-the-art mass notification system known as IRIS, which is short for Immediate Response Information System.

In the United States alone, 194 dioceses and 32 archdioceses make up part of a global, religious entity with more than 1 billion followers or roughly one-sixth of the world’s population. They require not only a reliable way to communicate with their members, but also a method of communication among each other.

Insurance arms of the Catholic Church such as AGOS Group, National Risk Foundation and Catholic Mutual are also looking to TechRadium, the provider of the IRIS system, for solutions that add value and enhance communication for users.

And while the Catholic Church dates back thousands of years, some of its dioceses are enlisting the latest cutting-edge mode of communication that can be used both in emergencies and for general communication. Multiple modes of mass communication are available through this system, which include voice and text alerts through cell phone, e-mail, PDA, pager and fax machine. Additionally, the system automatically attempts different methods of communication until contact is made.

The need to communicate globally adds another dimension to mass communication. Such entities as these dioceses and archdioceses must be able to spread the word in various languages. So, from Latin to English, bishops and archbishops will be able to communicate with their parishioners and fellow dioceses by using IRIS.

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