Story of OneBillionStories.com
source – http://onebillionstories.com
OneBillionStories.com was founded on December 31st, 2009, as a direct response to Pope Benedict XVI’s call for ‘all Catholics, especially the young, to take their faith to the newly emerging digital continent, the internet.’
In order to answer the call, OneBillionStories.com was launched in order to capture on film, the ‘one billion catholic stories’ in the world.
To get the stories rolling, Seth DeMoor biked across the United States gathering stories with his video camera and laptop.
The bike ride comprised 2,400 miles of pedaling, seven states, thirteen flat tires, and three hundred amazing stories from Catholics young and old who had the courage to share their story.
In addition to Pope Benedict XVI’s call, OneBillionStories.com was also inspired by one story in particular back in the United States during Seth’s college years. During his time at the University Colorado, Seth heard a story of how a man went from a punk rocker, drug addict, to Catholic priest!
After graduating from college, Seth told himself,
“this story about the punk rocker turned Catholic priest is too good for just me to hear. Somehow it needs to be captured, and placed somewhere for others to listen.”
Since ending the bike ride in Colorado last April, 2010, OneBillionStories.com continues to gather stories and make them available online.
The mission of OneBillionStories.com is to promote the life of Jesus Christ, by collecting and sharing the personal human stories of those faithful to the magisterium of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, through modern communication mediums.
This mission will focus on three steps:
- Attract everyday Internet users with engaging stories and captivating content
- Cultivate reflection on the stories with questions, comments, vlogs, and dialogue
- Propose action on those reflections by making available, authentic Catholic apostolates and resources faithful to the magisterium