The Diocesan Communications Officer is Fr Robert Billing who is our Bishop’s Secretary. This is an especially important role in our technological age, where speed and facility of communication is all-important.
There are four main areas of responsibility for the Communications Officer in our Diocese of Lancaster:
1. Responding to News Events
When news arises that is seen by the local, regional or national media as important for the Church, the diocesan communications officer is often contacted.
The first task is usually to compose a Press Release will normally be posted for all on the Latest News section of the Diocesan Website: www.lancasterdiocese.org.uk
2. Proactively seeking the media to help us spread the Gospel
Sometimes there will be an event in the Diocese that is worth advertising to the media. The Communications Officer will then write a brief press release to inform the media of the event.
3. Maintaining & Developing the Diocesan Website: www.lancasterdiocese.org.uk
The diocesan website is the responsibility of the Communications Officer. Our regularly updated site gets on average between 14000-15000 hits a day.
4. Using the ‘New’ Media to reach out to people as directly as possible
In the Diocese of Lancaster we are particularly keen to reach out to people in as direct way as possible using social media – Facebook, Twitter and other new media technology. This avoids unnecessary filters from news editors etc.
The Rev Robert Billing, BD (Hons), STL
Bishop’s Secretary & Diocesan Communications Officer
The Catholic Diocese of Lancaster
The Pastoral Centre