The college has a fantastic new website, including videos, photographs, articles and even footage of the Chapel taken from a drone.
With content in Spanish as well as English, www.valladolid.org introduces the visitor to the history of St Alban’s, dating back to its foundation in 1589.
There is also information about the purpose and content of the Propaedeutic Year, who the staff are and what they teach, plus details of how to request a short stay in the college.
The Rector, Canon Paul Farrer says: “The website is the first port of call for almost everyone who wants to get in touch with the college, so we need to show we are a house which is aware of its heritage but also its vital role for the Church in England and Wales and beyond. I’m delighted to say that the new site does that very, very well.
“The Propaedeutic Year is so important to the life of the Church. With seminary formation under so much scrutiny, it is crucial that we play our part in ensuring the authenticity and openness of candidates for the priesthood.
“In that sense, the website is a small thing, but, as the digital face of the college, it does show that we are serious about formation and dedicated to the mind of the Church in the formation process. At the same time, it shows what a wonderful house the college is, and tells the story of its students admirably.”
Canon Paul asked the PR specialists, Michael McGeary and Dave Allan, to pull together the website, and social media accounts, including Facebook and Twitter.
Michael McGeary is the part-time communications officer for the Diocese of Middlesbrough and runs a ghostwriting business, while Dave Allan owns a public relations and publishing firm.
They recruited the Happy Leaves company to design and build the website and Ithica Films to create two videos to feature on the site. Michael and Dave also managed the project and wrote content for the website, films and the college’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Canon Paul said: “I needed to work with people who understood the issues and who I could trust to give good advice and my years on Teesside meant that I have good friends there who are at the top of their game. What we have produced is absolutely fantastic.”
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