Archdiocese of Washington Launches Newly-Designed Website

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Archdiocese of Washington Launches Newly-Designed Website
New features include enhanced search functions, integrated social media

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – The Archdiocese of Washington today unveiled a newly-designed website at

“This more engaging website is a tool to support the efforts of the New Evangelization and bring others closer to our Lord. As Pope Francis said, ‘It is not enough to be passersby on the digital highways . . . connections need to grow into true encounters.’ No matter where someone might be in his or her spiritual journey, this website is designed to enhance our community of faith and help individuals deepen their relationship with Christ,” said Sarah Yaklic, director of digital media for the archdiocese. “With this new and responsive design incorporating the latest digital trends, users will be able to easily navigate the site across all platforms, including desktops, tablets and smartphones.”

The new design includes a searchable parish locater. Users will be able to search by keyword, location and language for a parish as well as times for Mass, confession, novena, Eucharistic adoration and rosary. Users will also be able to search for a school by name, zip code and county.

Through the new “PrayerNet” feature, visitors to the site can submit prayer requests each week as well as pray for the intentions listed on the website. The new design also includes an improved search engine as well as an enhanced event calendar that will enable visitors to import events into Google Calendar and iCal.

A key feature is the integration of the archdiocese’s social media platforms in the new design. “The integration of social media empowers users to spread the Gospel in a personal way by sharing resources from the site on their own social media platforms,” said Yaklic.

The new design also includes a centralized location for Spanish resources that users can access by visiting

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 620,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 96 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC, and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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