A new diocesan website has been launched.

The decision to revamp was made because the original website was designed 10 years ago and really hadn’t been updated since.

After three years as bishop of Burlington, Bishop Christopher Coyne was ready to share his vision — one Church, one community — and create a web presence that not only reflects this vision but is inviting and easy to navigate for the Catholic community and those interested in Catholicism.

Burlington Bytes, a Vermont-based website design firm, began working with the diocesan communication staff to redesign the website last fall.

One of the top reasons people visit the diocesan website is to find a Mass time. The new parish/Mass search option integrates a Google map into the search and allows Catholics to find a Mass based on zip code up to a 200-mile radius. People also can search for Catholic schools and cemeteries.

The Vermont Catholic Online News and the diocesan events calendar also are integrated throughout the website, so news stories and events related to certain ministries and programs display on that ministry page. For example, the March Marriage Encounter Weekend at St. Anne’s Shrine, the June 23 annual Family Day in Troy and the August 25 Year of the Family Conference in Montpelier will be featured on the Marriage and Family webpage.

Vermont Catholic eNews also received a major makeover. Beginning in the spring, Catholics will have the option to select what news categories they’d like to be included in their eNews report: all, Vermont, schools, nation, world or Vatican. They also will receive a list of events happening throughout the state and feature articles.

The new, mobile-friendly format allows users to visit vermontcatholic.org from their tablet or phone from anywhere to stay in touch with the Catholic community of Vermont.

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