Click here to advertise on

New Directions

By Dr. Jeff Mirus (bio - articles - email) | May 11, 2006

I’ve written a good deal in recent months about our future plans and our efforts to raise funds. Based on user response and our own continuing assessment, we’re modifying some of our plans, while others are going forward or have already been completed. Here’s an overview of where we’re headed.


We’ve just completed the move of all our web sites and mail domains to outsourced servers managed by hardware specialists. This is a substantial shift in how we do business, based on prevailing market conditions. There was no way to make the transition painless, especially with the mail service, but there are several great advantages to the change. We will save money—well over $1,500 per month. Moreover, staff time previously spent on hardware management can now be concentrated on other projects. Most important, when we experience a spike in traffic, as we did when John Paul II died and Benedict XVI was elected, the outsourced servers should be able to handle the load. This should work out especially well for users of our larger sites, such as CatholicCulture, Catholic World News, and New Advent.


Our site redesign is well underway. We’ve pushed it back just a little in favor of doing the outsourcing, but during the course of the summer you’ll see some major visual changes which should not only make the site more interesting but make it easier for you to find just what you need in our ever-growing collection of resources.


Work on the Fathers of the Church has reached an important milestone. We’ve completed the introductions to some 2,000 Patristic texts and have loaded everything into our database. There the documents will undergo a final review to catch obvious problems. After this final step, the entire collection will be released as a selectable resource with full-text search. This means that you’ll be able to search the Fathers separately or together with our other resources, gathering results from our general library, our website reviews, and the Fathers on any topic you choose.

Catholic Leisure

In the area of Catholic Leisure, I’ve decided to make new (and considerably smaller) plans. While this concept did very well in our poll, it has proved impossible to attract the wide variety of writers necessary to pursue it on a large scale. At the same time, many users enjoyed the colorful and interesting presentations exemplified by our sample articles. For these reasons, the leisure material has been temporarily removed and it will return as one facet of a broader effort to create visually appealing special features. The current presentation on Our Lady of Fatima is a good example. We’ll develop these features and present them as they become available, without focusing exclusively on any one area of interest.


Finally, you may have noticed that April was a singularly unsuccessful month for us in terms of fund-raising, May has started off a little better, and I would not mind at all if our users joined together to push this higher. Let’s let April be nothing more than an unpleasant financial memory! With fund-raising as with the cultivation of virtue, the future is always more important than the past.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities 19 hours ago
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16
In showdown with American sisters, the Vatican blinked December 16
Policing, torture, reasons of State, and our Christian mistake December 16
Can torture ever be justified? Round II. December 15

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - 18 hours ago