Animation - Letter
Province Delegate for SC:
Greetings from myself and the entire Department during this Easter
season. I am sure that the Lord's grace will have filled your life and
that of your communities and the young with hope and resurrection
Now let's get down basically to two things. In the
first place I invite all Province delegates for SC to carry out your
task of animation even more directly by sending this monthly newsletter
to formators and confreres in formation. This in itself will help to
form a 'Salesian communicator' mindset. The structure from which to
view the Salesian Social Communication System (SSCS) of the
Congregation: services of animation, formation, information and
production which should be developed, according to circumstance and
need, in each Province. And so it is up to you to motivate and
distribute this newsletter around the province so it can be read,
especially by those in initial formation.
My second point is in direct reference to SSCS. At
the meeting of the World Advisory Council held in Madrid towards the
end of February this year, we noted that SSCS is not as well known or
distributed as it could be, but it contains much of value. Therefore my
invitation is in the first place to delegates to know and study it
well, in order to be able to distribute and apply it. Hopefully by the
end of May all delegates will have read and studied it. It is a short,
interesting and up-to-date document. This is enough for the moment; in
the next Newsletter we will offer a further step. For now it is a case
of aligning ourselves with the Congregation by distributing the
Newsletter and studying the SSCS booklet which (if you do not have a
hard copy) you can always download from SDL in sdb.org.
May your witness to the Risen Lord reach out
to all the young inhabitants of the “new playgrounds” through SC.
Affectionately in Don Bosco:
Fr Filiberto González Plasencia sdb
General Councillor for SC
opens Press Office for Correspondents
recent days ANS has opened its Press Office reserved to correspondents
and other collaborators. Amongst these the first are Province delegates
for SC or other Salesian or lay person officially designated by the
provincial as official reference person for information in the province
in dealing with ANS; collaborators, instead, are those responsible for
information in NGOs, Pastoral and Study Centres, or some other
particular role, and directly 'employed' by ANS.
You will find, in the Press Office reserved to the
above, the ANS Style Manual, some technical protocols plus a list of
correspondents and collaborators; from time to time you will also find
topics and editorial guidelines to be followed.
comments on need for disruptive technology protocols
The East Asia-Oceania Region (EAO), at its recent
(March) meeting in Seoul, Korea, of SC Delegates with the General
Councillor, and the Regional for EAO, Fr Andrew Wong, has expressed the
wish that provinces in the region make use of the upcoming Provincial
Chapters to include some time to formulate appropriate protocols for
certain situations involving the disruptive technology. The Department
in Rome, it was recommended, could help with some broad guidelines in
The issue came up as part of a wide-ranging
discussion on formation issues, and was considered to be far more than
just an initial formation issue. The kinds of areas that could
benefit from helpful protocols would be: mobile phone use in context of
community, conversation, liturgy; email and dealing effectively with
email; principle of basic courtesy in new technology contexts;
awareness of how etiquette develops in cultural contexts, but also of
what does not alter.
It was thought that the idea could be extended to
providing models for reflection for communities on the impact of the
digital culture that inevitably surrounds them.
Production: SB as
an online production?
would be interesting to know, from SC Delegates and/or SB editors, how
many online Salesian Bulletins have begun to tackle this task as a true
online 'product'. Clearly an online product, given Web 2.0 and
the different nature of a medium which is naturally multi-media, will
not emulate the paper version.
There will always be a role for an online repository
of the paper version of the SB, but beyond this, today's context of
social media also means that user-generated content, social networking,
peer-to-peer, one-to-many, many-to-many opportunities, some or all of
these, will inevitably find a place in an online SB.
An online SB of the kind indicated above will
challenge a number of assumptions that form part of today's paper and
traditional version. It is hoped that SB Editors, meeting either
in Munich or Rome next month, will be able to share their reflections
on and their experiences with new media production of this kind.
To see a true SB online version go to www.boletinsalesiano.com.ar