Salt + Light to stream bishops' ordinations

  • January 11, 2010

TORONTO - Don't have a ticket for the big ordinations Jan. 12 and 13? Can't drive all the way to London or fight the traffic to St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Toronto? No worries. You can be there to see Toronto's two new bishops ordained just sitting in front of your computer screen.

Salt + Light TV, the digital television service that broadcasts World Youth Day-inspired Catholic programming in English and French, will be streaming the ordinations live on its web site.

Salt + Light will have four cameras inside St. Peter's Cathedral Basilica ready for Fr. Bill McGrattan's ordination as a bishop beginning 3 p.m. Jan. 12. Twenty-four hours later, 3 p.m. in St. Michael's Cathedral, Salt + Light will catch the entire two-hour rite of ordination of Fr. Vincent Nguyen.

"It's a little bit of a challenge," said Salt + Light marketing and communications person Chris Ketelaars.

But it won't be the first time Salt + Light has used its web site for live coverage. They did the same for The Priests' concert in Toronto Dec. 4.

The Internet has made live broadcasting cheaper and easier.

"The way the technologies have developed it's actually easier to do than live television," said Ketelaars.

Salt + Light doesn't have the expensive mobile satellite up-links, trucks and other equipment the big networks use for live television broadcasts, but by hooking the four cameras up to a computer and linking the feed to its web site, Salt + Light can offer live coverage to anybody with a computer.

The web broadcast will be particularly important for friends and extended family of Nguyen living in Vietnam. They will be able to see an ordination on their computers, and will even have the benefit of understanding the second reading — which will be in Vietnamese.

To watch the ordinations just click on a button at or go directly to Anybody with an up-to-date browser and Flash player can view it. If your Flash player isn't up-to-date your browser will direct you to a download.

"It should be as easy as a click and you're good to go," said Ketelaars.


Please also see 'Two auxiliary bishops appointed for Toronto include Vietnamese refugee '

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