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The official site of the Institute celebrates its first birthday

21/04/2005: General House

A new edition of the official website of the Marist Brothers was launched one year ago. The first edition appeared during the General Chapter in 2001, its objective being to publish the news of the Marist Bulletin more effectively.
Once the Chapter finished, the need was felt for a webpage that reflected well the complex reality of the Institute and one that would make Marist works well known. After some intense work in the Institute’s Department of Communications, the website was launched on the previous anniversary of Marcellin’s canonisation, the 18th April 2004.

After one year, the response to this site remains very positive. We are able to maintain a link between the different realities of the Marist family through the Internet in a concrete way. Each day, around 800 people visit our website and search through on average 5 pages, thus giving a total of 4000 pages visited each day. During the first year, 200,000 visits were made to the champagnat.org site to visit a million pages. Thanks to the work of translators and correspondents, brothers and laypeople, we have been able to refresh the homepage every two days. As well as the news that appears on the homepage, which has already reached 175 news items, a lot of other news is published elsewhere so that the website is enriched with new material nearly daily.

Another important communication tool that is found in the website is the Marist Bulletin. The weekly online edition is sent by e-mail to 3,400 people, in the four official languages of the Institute. The first edition was sent during Christmas 2001 and today we have reached Number 191. All of these editions have been archived and can be consulted on our website.
A first step has been achieved. The task now consists of continuing to improve our site in order to attain the goals we are seeking that, according to the theory, view the means of communication as a long process driving humanity since the time of the Tower of Babel, when the confusion of languages and its reciprocal incomprehension reigned, until the day of Pentecost, when universal communication dominated despite the diversity of languages. That is why we have started a process of evaluation, in which we invite you to participate.

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