Chile - 8th Social Communication Day
About 30 expert communicators from various Salesian Houses in Chile came together in Santiago from 1 ...
Chile - 8th Social Communication Day
About 30 expert communicators from various Salesian Houses in Chile came together in Santiago from 11 to 13 September to take part in the National Communication Day.
The day was directed by two journalists from the Provincial Communication Sector, Vicente Fritz e Andrea Robles, and by the Delegate for Social Communication in Chile.
On Wednesday 11th September the topic was entitled “Pope Francis’ Areopagus” from the name of the place where St Paul preached in Greece. The term has been used in the Church in recent years to indicate a forum where new systems of communication are discussed.
There are gestures, phrases and attitudes adopted by Pope Francis to enable him to communicate better in the Church, as for example when he refers to himself as Bishop of Rome. Mr James Coiro, a journalist and spokesperson for the Bishop’s Conference, looked at times when Pope Francis has left the world perplexed by his way of thinking and acting, not in keeping with the protocol for the Supreme Pontiff.
“Pope Francis has enchanted the people over and over again, because he goes back to the source. His primary aim is to draw people together and build communion” said Mr Coiro.
Fr Juan Carlos Camus spoke in the afternoon. His topic was “Social Networks, strategy and instruments.” He explained that social networks are an instrument of communication to be adopted for a determined digital strategy, not only because they are new but because of their technical capacity. He concluded by giving some guidelines for the better use of the social networks most used in Chile, Facebook and Twitter.
The first day ended with group work in which the participants started with a specific case and had to develop a communication strategy and implement it using the social media.
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ITALY: 3-6 October 2013, SEI Turin
INDIA: 15-18 October 2013, CS Delegates Meeting - South Asia
THAILAND: 21-24 October 2013 CS Delegates Meeting - EAO
ROME: Pisana 24-27 November 2013, Meeting of Salesian Publishers of Europe
Animation - Letter from Fr Filiberto
Dear friends ,
I greet you from Bariloche-Argentina, where we finished the continental meeting of Provincial Delegates for CS, last Sept 22.
The meeting was well organized and had a good participation. There was a good climate of familiarity while we discussed issues of importance to the Provinces of both regions, accenting the spirituality and holiness of Ceferino Namuncurá, Laura Vicuña and Artemide Zatti.
An expert of Social Communications specializing in institutional and educational communication was invited to stir our reflections. One of the ideas developed in a particular way called my attention: "Current communication is centered on the quality and creativity of the narrative, the story of what one is and lives." That made me think of the great opportunity we Salesians have as evangelists and educators in the midst of this highly technological society .
The Church, from its beginnings, has lived to tell the experience of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. There is no other center or other objective. It was a true story, supported by the witness of people, and not just mere knowing. The same thing happened during the first decades of our Congregation's history, when the Salesian charism was narrated to others in various ways, with a cheerful and generous donation of life, with the creativity of various media.
There was a topic referred to by the delegates, a primary and fundamental challenge: A need for a paradigm shift in the formation of the Salesians, so that while having deep content and a renewed experience of God, we learn to narrate according to the times, ways and contexts in which Christ wants to meet young people. In this way, we build the personality of a Salesian evangelist-educator-communicator.
I conclude by inviting you all to be await on 29 September the theme that Pope Francis will choose for the coming World Day for Social Communications. Let's make this theme a point of Ecclesial and Salesian convergence to be shared with the other Salesians and collaborators .
I and the the members of the Social Communications team greet you.
My fraternal prayers for all.
In Don Bosco : P. Filiberto
Information: Argentina – Continental Meeting of Delegates of Social Communication
The meeting of the Social Communication Delegates of the American continent concluded yesterday with the visit of the Provincial of Southern Argentina, Fr Ángel Fernández. Three challenges were identified: initial and ongoing formation, programming and working in collaboration with Youth Ministry.
Taking up the elements of previous continental meetings, the Social Communication Delegates discussed “how to animate communication in our institutes”, especially those engaged in education, and “how to be present in the new playgrounds” defined by four screens: TV, mobile phone, computer and cinema.
The Delegates reported on specific projects and on progress in each province on the various points listed in the Salesian Social Communication System (SSCS): Animation, Formation, Information and Production. Fr Filiberto González, Councillor General for Social Communication, said: “All the cultural baggage and the experience you bring to these meetings helps in the process of improving communication, both personal and institutional.”
In closing the meeting, he said, ”We are here because this is our vocation and mission. [...] These elements need to be included in our personal life plan, because they are part of the life and mission of the provinces. This is our way of serving God and the Congregation.”
Fr González also pointed out that in the different regions of the Congregation different processes had taken place, depending on the specific contexts in which confreres and communities need to be helped to meet their particular challenges. It would not be helpful, therefore, to follow the same path everywhere, since there are different ways of communicating. However, one thing remains the same – what we communicate. “We communicate what we are: signs of God’s love for young people,”
He expressed his thanks to the two Provinces of Argentina and to their communication teams, and concluded with a message to the Delegates, Salesian and lay. It applies not only to those who work in communication but to all who share the Salesian Mission: “For you lay people also, this is not just a job. It is a spirituality and I invite you to make it a spirituality.”
Formation: 7.8 The Social Communication Team
7.8 The Social Communication Team (Provincial Commission or otherwise named)
The Social Communication Team:
156. contributes, with the Delegate and Province, in the task of advancing communication.
Details of the role
The Social Communication Team:
157. works as a team within the system, and work constantly with everything concerning the mission in the communication field.
158. contributes to the drafting and implementation of provincial plans for animation, formation, consultation in the communication field.
159. contributes to the Delegate’s work with information, study, sharing, planning and experimentation.
160. assumes the tasks assigned by the Provincial or the Delegate for the conduct and support of works or activities, or participation in events and communication organisations.
161. encourages communication for education and evangelisation of youth and popular environments.
Production: Brazil - Radio Don Bosco, FM 96.1
Fortaleza, Brazil – September 2013 - Radio Don Bosco, FM 96.1, a Salesian broadcasting service based in Fortaleza, has included a programme dedicated to children and young people in its Sunday schedule. The programme is called “Radio Bambino”. It is produced by a group of young people from the Nossa Senhora da Piedade Parish and the Don Bosco Oratory. It includes information, music, cultural items, advice on reading material and interviews with experts. The aim of Radio Bambino is to bring young people closer to the Church, teach them family values and help them to get to know Don Bosco.