Boston priest to take reins at church media arm

A Boston priest has been appointed interim president and chief executive of iCatholic Media, the media arm of the Boston archdiocese, officials announced today.

Father Robert Reed was appointed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley and the board of trustees for iCatholic Media, the archdiocese said in a statement.

The nonprofit company operates a number of media outlets for the archdiocese. The company oversees Catholic TV, the radio program “The Good Catholic Life,” The Pilot newspaper, Pilot New Media, and Pilot Bulletins and Printing, the statement said.

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Sister Marian Batho chairwoman of iCatholic Media, said Reed “brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position.”

In 2005, Reed was appointed to direct CatholicTV, which reaches 10 states, parts of Canada, and the Virgin Islands. Reed contributed to the rebranding and expansion of the network and to building its HD broadcast and production facility, the statement said.

“He understands the ever-changing dynamics of media and has a track record of building CatholicTV into a national television presence, utilizing multiple and integrated platforms,” said Batho. “We are blessed by his willingness to share his many gifts in service to the Church.”

Reed was ordained a priest in 1985. He most recently served as pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman, and previously served in Malden, Norwood, Dorchester, and Haverhill, the statement said.

Reed directs the Radio Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Boston. The radio show is aired in partnership with WBZ-AM, and Reed has a small weekly segment. He also often assists at parishes in Newton and Plymouth, the statement said.

Reed studied for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He has a master’s degree in television management from Boston University.

Batho said she and the trustees are working to define long-term goals for iCatholic Media. They want to evaluate what is working, what needs to be changed, and make sure they are up to date with ever-changing social media.