Social Media Guide

Navigating Bishop Bryan Ouellette’s Active Social Media Network

Twitter

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://twitter.com/ExorcistBishop

WHO MANAGES IT?
Bishop Ouellette directly and exclusively

HOW HE USES IT

  • to casually interact with fans of the show
  • to share random moments and thoughts from his life.
  • occasionally offers live-streamed Q/A’s via Periscope
  • currently live-streams the Mass of the Holy Nicholean Catholic Church from his private chapel via Periscope
  • only follows colleagues and public sources of interest 

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked
  • will not accept direct messages except from colleagues
  • does not read every notification that comes in as this is the most active of his social media accounts
  • will not typically answer unrelated or unsolicited questions (these are reserved for Parler and the Sponsor’s Page on Facebook)

Facebook (Public account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://facebook.com/exorcistbishop

WHO MANAGES IT?
The Bishop’s office primarily, but he occasionally drops in every so often to interact with followers there

HOW HE USES IT

  • for important announcements relating specifically to his ministerial work
  • for the reporting of important church-related events

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting banned from the page
  • direct messages are managed by office staff (note: too many come in to respond to them all)

Facebook (Church account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://facebook.com/nicholean

WHO MANAGES IT?
Primarily the Bishop’s office

HOW HE USES IT

  • for important announcements relating specifically to the Holy Nicholean Catholic Church
  • for the reporting of important outreach ministerial news

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting banned from the page
  • direct messages are managed by office staff (note: too many come in to respond to them all)

Facebook (Personal account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://facebook.com/eyeoftheseer

WHO MANAGES IT?
Almost exclusively Bishop Bryan

HOW HE USES IT

  • as a raw, unfiltered clipboard of random thoughts and ideas that almost never have anything to do with ministerial work
  • as typically the only place he discusses his personal opinions
  • as a means to connect with people he knows in actual life, off of social media

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling or agitating will usually result in the offending account getting blocked from the page
  • will not accept nor read direct messages except from people he knows in actual life off of social media
  • will typically not accept friend requests unless he knows you personally

Facebook (Private account for church sponsors)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://facebook.com/groups/supportnicholean

WHO MANAGES IT?
Bishop Bryan, his office staff and moderators

HOW HE USES IT

  • as a entirely troll-free space to chat, discuss, and answer questions at length with its members in a safe environment
  • for private live-streamed events reserved for supporting members of the ministry

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling or agitating will ALWAYS result in the offending account getting blocked from the page (but this has never been an issue due to the premium membership requirement)

IMPORTANT NOTE

  • the Sponsor’s page is a premium site that is accessible only to those who pledge $10  or more a month to support the ministry
  • the monthly pledge assures the environment remains troll-free for dedicated members
  • those who wish to join may pledge here: https://esotericcatholic.org/help-us-help-others
  • NOTE: Please do not request to join this page if you are not currently a pledged monthly benefactor of the ministry

Parler Social Media Network (Personal account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://parler.com/profile/ExorcistBishop/posts

WHO MANAGES IT?
Exclusively Bishop Bryan

HOW HE USES IT

  • to interact with fans of the show and answer more serious questions of a philosophical, esoteric, metaphysical, and/or religious nature
  • to share random moments and thoughts from his life.
  • only follows colleagues and public sources of interest 

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked or moderated
  • will not accept direct messages except from colleagues
  • as a “safer” political platform than Twitter
  • NOTE: The Bishop is aware that Parler is viewed by some to be a Conservative extremist safe-haven. The Bishop’s use of this platform rests exclusively in the better moderating tools it provides along with the site’s commitment to not sensor content. Any political affiliations Parler may or may not have (whether real or imagined) is of no interest to Bishop Bryan Ouellette or his use of the platform.

Instagram (Personal account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://www.instagram.com/exorcistbishop

WHO MANAGES IT?
Exclusively Bishop Bryan which is almost never as he doesn’t like the interface whatsoever

HOW HE USES IT

  • for content related mostly to production
  • only follows colleagues and public sources of interest 

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked
  • will not accept direct messages except from colleagues

Youtube (Personal account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://www.youtube.com/user/EyeoftheSeer

WHO MANAGES IT?
Exclusively Bishop Bryan

HOW HE USES IT

  • for content related to production and personal projects, including the paranormal
  • only follows colleagues and public sources of interest 

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked

Youtube (Public account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
http://www.youtube.com/c/HolyNicholeanCatholicChurch

WHO MANAGES IT?
The church office and Bishop Bryan collaboratively 

HOW HE USES IT

  • as an archive for his podcasts on Nicholean Radio
  • as an archive for miscellaneous content relevant to his work

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked

Spreaker (Nicholean Radio account)

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://www.spreaker.com/user/eyeoftheseer

WHO MANAGES IT?
The church office and Bishop Bryan collaboratively 

HOW HE USES IT

  • as the source platform for his podcasts and where they air live
  • as an archive for his most recent podcasts on Nicholean Radio
  • as a platform for miscellaneous content relevant to his work

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked or moderated

Periscope

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://www.pscp.tv/ExorcistBishop

WHO MANAGES IT?
Bishop Bryan, his office staff and moderators

HOW HE USES IT

  • as the primary public live-streaming video platform for all of his activities
  • to live-stream the public Mass of the Holy Nicholean Catholic Church
  • to occasionally offer live Q&A sessions

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting blocked or moderated

Clickmeeting

WHERE TO FIND IT
https://esoteric.clickmeeting.com

WHO MANAGES IT?
Bishop Bryan and his office staff

HOW HE USES IT

  • as the primary online webinar classroom for his online classes
  • for staff up-trainings
  • only SERIOUS enrolled students may access the classroom (to enroll: https://esotericcatholic.org/seminars

HOW HE DOESN’T USE IT

  • will NOT take requests for demonic investigations: these must be submitted formally via the intake form found at: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation
  • trolling will usually result in the offending account getting expelled or moderated
  • to entertain those who claim to want to be students, but are really just satisfying their momentary curiosities

While there are probably many others, these are the primary ones in use as of June 2, 2020

New Social Media Policy

Dear Friends,

During the summer of 2009, I took it upon myself to join Twitter. I saw it as an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts, and work-related interests– and rightfully so, as that is precisely what a “microblogging” platform is designed to provide. As my work progressed and eventually led to multiple radio and television appearances, as well as some magazine articles featuring my work, my Twitter following quickly grew. It was at this time that the nature of my Twitter account started to change from a microblogging medium to a dynamic Q&A forum. It was obvious that people were thirsting for clarity pertaining to theological, metaphysical, esoteric, and paranormal content, but these are not strictly regulated disciplines, and the majority of them do not benefit from any sort of significant academic accreditation. This produces an environment where people feel they are free to believe whatever they want, regardless of whether or not there exists a more concrete data collection to work with. I then saw it as my responsibility to help bring intelligibility to these areas that I have dedicated my life to pursing. I have built functional models on this material and my years of field-experience/education makes me well-qualified. I was happy to answer any and all questions coming in to my Twitter account as a result, and I did.

In time, however, this started to become a 24-hour a day job and the increasing success of this teaching outreach led to more forms of negative exposure. First, we had to deal with a regular and cyclical bombardment of trolling/lurking encounters and then later forum posts on Roman Catholic websites that served to damage my reputation and the ministry for which I worked so hard to build over the last decade. Also during this time, the exorcism outreach was suffering financially. While we did conduct a few successful fundraisers through Twitter, it soon degenerated into a situation where a great majority of donors would make a monthly pledge, but then quickly retract it a few months later without explanation. This eventually resulted in the closure of the Mission Church (our base of operations for the Atlanta Division of the Order of Exorcists) and now the entire exorcism ministry itself is at risk.

A quick analysis of the situation led me to seriously consider what I was doing. Exactly what good were all of these countless hours I have spent on Twitter, answering questions, doing for the ministry? The ministry continues to not have enough monthly income to function properly and the questions keep rolling in on Twitter at a greater rate than ever before. In fact, many of these questions are inappropriate for social media and it is clear that people are asking them as a means to avoid paying for professional assistance, taking advantage of my professional accessibility without feeling any obligation, whatsoever, to help the ministry that they, themselves, are seeking help from.

This cannot continue.

While I do fully understand that many people in spiritual crisis cannot afford the extreme costs involved in helping them get better, they also need to understand that running a ministry is also exceptionally expensive for the institution. We are only here, able to help, because most of us have sacrificed our own financial resources and well-being so that the ministry may continue. But this too can no longer go on.

My Twitter following is now almost at 14,000 people. There is absolutely no reason that exposure at this level should leave us with a struggling ministry. In fact, if everyone who had a question and received my answer supported this ministry with a nominal monthly pledge, the ministry would be flourishing today, rather than floundering.

I cannot be here for you if you cannot be here for this ministry. 

While it would be nice to derive some reasonable salary for my pastoral work and actually hire my staff rather than maintain them as volunteers, I don’t seek donations for this ministry for myself or for them. I primarily seek it for our clients who do need this help and many of which cannot afford to pay everything (or anything) associated with their resolution process.

So it is, in light of recognizing the extreme necessity in changing how this ministry’s social media service is conducted, we are now implementing the following plan of action:

  1. We estimate that the ministry requires between $200,000 – $300,000 a year to function optimally, but we are realistic. We have never once come close to this budget and do not expect that we ever really will. So, realistically, we estimate that increasing our monthly revenue by $2,000 a month should allow the ministry to continue at an absolute minimum level. As of today, we are then starting a new fundraiser that hopes to make up for this deficit.
  2. To those who donate $10 a month or more, you are invited to join our private (troll-free) Sponsors page on Facebook (see below). This is where you can continue to ask your questions and engage me in dialogue without threat of being under constant attack by hostile internet personalities and those that don’t respect what this ministry is trying to do.
  3. If we reach our goal of $2,000 a month (AND MAINTAIN IT), I will continue to spend significant amounts of time reading comments on Twitter and answer appropriate questions in concise responses. If we don’t reach that goal or the goal falls under due to, once again, donors making pledges and then later backing out of them, I will return to using Twitter as I did in 2009 when I started– as a microblogging device, to get news about my work and life out to the public. While I may engage a comment here or there, it will not be at the constant level that it currently is right now.

Putting this decision in your hands gives you the following options:

  1. Become a donor for $10 a month or more by clicking the donation button below. Be sure to check the monthly donation box.
    Paypal Donation Button 
  2. Once you donate $10 a month or more, feel free to request membership in the private Sponsor’s page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/supportnicholean. To verify your pledge, you will be asked a few questions concerning your donation. You must answer these questions and have an active pledge to join this page and remain connected to this page. The page will be strictly monitored for any kind of troll activity. Any hostile activity will result in a permanent and immediate ban from the page. Users can also report posts to the moderators. Moderators will also check to make sure all members’ pledges are up to date. If there isn’t an active monthly pledge on file, you will, sadly, be removed from the page. (IMPORTANT NOTE: In order to join this page, donations must be in the form of a monthly pledge. If you wish to give a one-time amount, please divide that by 12 months and offer that as the monthly pledge for the year, which must match or exceed $10 a month. If you wish to make a significantly large donation, please email us at office@nicholean.org to discuss).
  3. If you feel you need a more professional and personal form of assistance, you may request a pastoral counseling appointment here: https://esotericcatholic.org/pastoral-counseling/. Please note that these are very limited and there is usually a waiting list. Priority is always given to clients who are willing to commit to a regular and weekly counseling schedule.
  4. If you need the help of the Order of Exorcists, please note that this service is always free, but it only is able to function because of past donations.  Even this free service needs your support if you can afford it. Because of financial, staffing, and volume constraints, we are only able to take a few cases a year. To have your case considered, you may fill out your intake form here: https://esotericcatholic.org/investigation/
  5. If your interest is of a metaphysical, paranormal, and/or esoteric nature, I would encourage you then to consider becoming a student of mine. I teach a live weekly webinar on this content. Students get to interact with me and ask me any questions they like in a real-time virtual classroom environment. This is also a completely troll-free environment. You may get more information about this program and sign up here: https://esotericcatholic.org/seminars/.
  6. As for the ultimate fate of the general @ExorcistBishop Twitter account, it will continue in some form no matter what happens. Again, if we reach and maintain our $2,000 a month goal (I will post fundraising results on a regular basis), my Twitter account will largely remain what is has been (although any kind of trolling will result in immediate blocking of the offending account). If we don’t reach or lose the goal due to retracted donations, I will be using it in a more ordinary capacity. Those who want questions answered can use one of the many other services outlined above.

It is my sincere hope that this course of action offers all of you a satisfactory solution to the many complications that I have presented here today in this article. I certainly do not want to discourage honest question asking and sincere, thoughtful discussion. But these things must be handled in an appropriate way, serving also to build up the work of this ministry and not detract from it further.

Feel free to ask me any questions you have about this new course of action and I will do my best to respond.

Sincerely in Christ,

+Bryan D. Ouellette, SOSM
Presiding Bishop
Holy Nicholean Catholic Church
Exorcist Bishop
Order of Exorcists