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The Why Of CMCS Online
By Frank J Casella, CMCS Co-founder & Executive Director
Photo: 'Called To Be Holy' - Copyright 2015 Frank J Casella
It has been a while since I wrote to you about the story of CMCS. So, as an installment to that, I'd like to take a short but important moment to share the why, or reason, behind CMCS being online as a supplement to our annual live Men's Forum events. 
Because when we started out back in 2004, there was no plans or Internet to consider beyond the several events we did each year. However, once the digital world took off we saw the need to start our first blog in 2009 as a way to connect with men, and serve as a resource, between events. 
Fast forward to 2023, today people don't access blogs or website's as much as they prefer information served to them through social media and email list newsletters. In fact, the two avenues of CMCS online is the email list as a distribution, and then social media as reciprocity. 
In other words, similar to real life, communication is a two-way street when it comes to distributing information online, and reciprocity is the eternal principle at work in the digital world.
Most of you reading this subscribe by email to our distribution list, and are not following our social media channels. As with social media you might follow our posting content distributed on different platforms that you might be on, however with email you find in your inbox the information we send out distributed to whatever email provider you use. This is why it is said that email is the original social media. 
If you're keeping our blog posts together in a folder, then you have your own personal resource inside your inbox - especially if you can use your search tool with your email folders! For those of you who don't, you can bookmark the email archive, as well as check the latest blog posts on the email service community page (though it glitches). 
This way, you can follow blog posts as though you were subscribing to our social media channels. 
On social media we share not only our blog posts, but content from around the web for the purpose of outreach, dialog and discussion among Catholic men. And we post mostly on the efficient alternative channels for anyone who attaches great importance to data integrity and the protection of privacy. Also, tech platforms evolve rapidly, as they change owners or business models, so we keep all our content in a storage archive to be flexible in case transition is needed.
As long as we have your email address then you will be able to (be notified where to) follow us wherever CMCS is online.
Presently we blog on Tumblr and a Tumblr side blog for sharing content. Likewise, a page on MeWe for blog posts, and a MeWe group for sharing content. And we post our videos on Brighteon because again for their privacy and welcoming content policies.
If you like my weekly Catholic Manhood Nuggets videos, one thing I am doing personally is posting them on CloutHub, which is an alternative to LinkedIn and more. The direct link to my video channel is - 
To bring this all full circle, the one place where you'll find what you might need is - - this is the point of entry for sharing CMCS with other men, that they in turn might discover what we all know as 'Living the Goodness of a Catholic Man'
However, as we increasingly interact with others through technology, it is also important to be mindful of our digital footprint and the consequences our online activities may have. For Catholics, it is vitally important to develop a personal theology of the Internet, as well as to understand the Internet as a place where technology can be used to evangelize and minister to people. It is also important to be mindful of the ways technology can be used to harm and divide people.
As we become more connected online, we are able to support one another in our faith, and learn more about the Catholic Church and its teachings. However, while online resources can be helpful, there is no substitute for the real presence of the Holy Eucharist, for example, and there is no substitute for the connections made together at our Men's Forum experience. 
Frank J Casella
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