Montreal's Father Thomas Dowd is only 40 years old—but the tech-savvy "Facebooking Father" is poised to become Canada's youngest Catholic bishop and the second youngest in the world.
Thomas will be ordained in early september. His age makes him stand out from other bishops, no doubt—or should I say "no dowd"?—but just as differentiating is his tech background.
Graduating from Concordia University, Thomas was a senior manager at Ericcsson in the 1990s. And despite his lengthy devotion to church, he manages a blog, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Thomas hopes to use these modern social technologies to raise awareness for his church, which was seen a decline in attendence over the past five decades.