Catholic Roads is a media apostolate. We’re part of the larger body often referred to as “Catholic media.” Our role is creating folk art and telling “porch stories.” We do it to glorify God and catechize our friends and neighbors.
PORCH STORIES …
In rural America, folks work hard during the day and sip sweet tea on the porch in the evening. On those porches across America, they usually play music (the roots of Bluegrass music) or tell stories (if they’re not musical).
We tell porch stories.
What all porch stories have in common is that they are absolutely true, exactly as told — except those parts that might have been “added” to make the story more interesting. The worst thing for a storyteller is to tell a boring story.
FOLK ART …
Nobody has ever definitively defined folk art, though much has been said and written about it. When we talk about folk art, we mean relatively simple artwork done by ordinary people with little or no formal training in art. It typically depicts a way of life known to the folk artist and familiar to his/her fans and supporters.
HERMAN NOOTKS …
Our porch stories revolve around a little, orange mouse named “Herman Nootks.” A few years back, Herman lived in the Bull Swamp near where its waters mingle with the black water of the North Edisto River.
During a thousand year flood, Herman got washed out of the Bull Swamp. He found himself going rapidly down the Edisto River into the Lowcountry to a place known as Chucktown. There he was found by Bishop Bob who commissioned him as the Cathedral mouse in time for the bicentennial celebration.
You will meet Herman, Bishop Bob, priests, nuns, and lots of other interesting people from nearby parishes in our porch stories. You will also visit some holy places (shrines) and might even get a taste of some truly fine wine while sitting on the front porch with us.
FLASH FICTION …
Flash fiction is a relatively new kind of storytelling. It is short — extremely short. Authors don’t squander time developing character or background. They go straight to the situation, also known as the plot, to develop it and resolve it rapidly.
Catholic Roads takes flash fiction to a whole, new level. Our stories are actually written into the cartoon-style illustrations as the “dialogue.” The great challenge for us with each story is that the entire story must appear in a single panel of artwork. You can see this process develop as you look back through our archives. We had to learn to do this as we worked. It’s more like something that happened rather than something that we planned (God is so good!)
NOTE: We’re not aware of any other artists or writers taking this approach to folk art or flash fiction,
CREATIVE CATECHESIS …
And here’s the best part. Our porch stories always glorify God. They help make Him known. We think of our work as “creative catechesis.”
Through storytelling, we teach, encourage, and exhort the faithful to experience their conversion continuously for a lifetime so they might become holy and enter into heaven (Rev 21:27).
COOL TO BE CATHOLIC …
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. “Cool2B!”