Animation - Letter from
Delegate for SC,
much pleasure that the Social Communication Department brings you its
first Monthly Newsletter. The aim is to be closer to you to
strengthen dialogue, cooperation and mutual growth in animating our
service to the Congregation and the mission through Social
Newsletter is addressed in a particular way to Provincial Delegates
for SC, and to Houses of Formation, and it is structured along the
lines of the Congregation's Salesian Social Communication System
(SSCS). Each month you will find essential information in the various
sectors of animation, formation, information and production, info
that the Provincial SC Delegate should know about.
will find links in the Newsletter which will help you broaden and
deepen the information referred to according to need and possibilities.
Your comments, proposals and cooperation will be gratefully received.
entire SC Team in Rome, Salesian and lay, joins you in making the “da
mihi animas, cetera tolle” in the “new playgrounds” of the mission come
in Don Bosco
Filiberto González Plasencia sdb
Provincial Newsletters (cf. SSCS 218-222) are being added slowly to
SDL. Check out @temedia from ATE.
is about to undergo a makeover, and become more
* The Salesian Bulletin editors will be meeting in May: Munich for
European editors, Rome for the rest of the world.
* Have you seen ANSChannel
on YouTube yet?
Newsletters are not only explained in the SSCS (Salesian
Communication System) document easily available from the [English]
collection on SDL, but also in the Manual (aka - also known as -
Communicator). A phenomenon we have noted in recent times is
number of Provincial Newsletters that are being conceived both for a
paper edition and a web edition. This is pleasing. Some
provinces have almost entirely abandoned a paper edition. That is a
choice which must be carefully thought through, since it is always
important to see that no confrere is disadvantaged by this move.
Usually provinces which make this choice print out several copies for
The www.sdb.org makeover will emphasize choice and interactivity,
especially from the home page. Less obvious to the user but important
in terms of where the web is moving today, the site will be
'translated' from a proprietary software coding to an open source
coding, and will be based on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
approach. It will take up to a year to do the
behind-the-scenes 'translation' of some 25,000 pages! Be
The Salesian Bulletin meetings will be held in Munich from 10-13 May
and in Rome from 17-20 May. The Munich meeting (Provincial House) is
for European editors only. The rest will attend the Rome
The ANSChannel or ANSTube is a good way for you to keep up with
“ANSchannel is open to all those who want to send in a video, a news
item, about youth and Salesian events,” – declares Fr Donato Lacedonio,
the Director of ANS – “ We know that there is a lot of going on and
that creative activity is a great feature of the Salesian world. In
particular we would like to have information about things happening in
connection with the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the
founding of the Salesian Congregation.”
features strongly in the SC Department's six year plan 2008-14.
to Communication is a mindset, not a document
the SC Dept and the Formation Dept have produced a joint document:
invite you to send in 'best practice' ideas for formation to
communication at any stage from initial to ongoing formation.
recent meeting of the World Advisory Council for SC (aka Consulta) made
a decision that it would 'outsource' activity on formation to SC,
meaning that because the Department Team cannot do everything,
interested persons would help develop an existing educational training
manual known as 'Shepherds for an Information Age' online. 'Shepherds',
in its English title, has been successful for those who used it (it was
first developed by BOSCOM in India, but has spread far and wide around
the world) but always needed a constant revision in the light of rapid
developments in the field. The Consulta has set up an 'English Group'
to develop the contents online and these will also be available to
translation in other languages. Much of the original work is already
available in Spanish, for instance.
the request for 'best practice' ideas for every level of
formation is very much int he light of this - to help bring together
the multiform activity around the Salesian world, carried out in
Centres for Formation to SC or in Formation communities, or even in
school classrooms. You can help. Do not hesitate to send your ideas in
any of the major languages - you can send them directly to Fr Filiberto
firstname.lastname@example.org or to his secretary Fr Julian email@example.com.
(ECU) and the various
provinces of Argentina, have been looking at the degree of cooperation
and common approach possible with their business enterprises, at every
ECU has revised its approach to the management of all Salesian business
enterprises, looking especially at a Salesian Management Board and its
relationship with the manager who is almost always now a competent lay
professional in the field.
has produced three documents describing the background to its decisions
regarding Salesian SC enterprises: The Organisation of Salesian Social
Communication Works in the Province of Ecuador, Salesian Communications
Enterprises Board, The Manager, Salesian Enterprises of Social
communication. These are available in Spanish and English from
the Department in Rome if you wish to have a copy.