JFCC Holds Communication Research Workshop
The “St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center” (JFCC) in Quezon City, Philippines held a three-day “Basic Communication Research” workshop, May 6-9. JFCC Board Member, Maria Stella Tirol of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, facilitated the workshop. With lecture and practical exercises, Prof. Tirol guided 16 priests, nuns and lay communication practitioners through the communication research process, offering tips in writing academic research proposals. On the last day, the participants presented their own research proposals in capsule form. They were also given certificates of completion signed by Prof. Tirol and JFCC Director, Fr. Roberto Ebisa, svd. The present and former executive secretaries of the FABC-Office of Social Communication are board members of JFCC. Visit their website at www.freinademetzcenter.org. 310512
Roundtable on Religion and Social Communication
The Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC) is organizing a Roundtable for selected scholars and researchers on the relations between religions and social communication. The meeting will take place at Saint John's University in Bangkok from February 8 to 11, 2010, in cooperation with the FABC-Office of Social Communication.
"If and how religious practices are influenced and possibly moulded by communication" is one of the questions posed by the organizers in a "Rationale" for the meeting. Studies can be oriented to "the communication flow and practice within a religion which includes rituals, religious services and practices but also the communication between people and God." Do religious practices influence and possibly change the ways of communicating? Or do the communication means influence and change them?
These are just some of the points to be discussed. Interested participants are expected to present a short position, reflection or research paper to contribute to the considerations. (See Rationale)
The ARC was established in 1999 by a similar Roundtable organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication in Bangkok. It publishes a bi-annual "Journal on Religion and Social Communication" and plans academic and research activities with people and institutions of similar concerns. ARC's study programs include all religions of Asia. For participation and further information, please contact FABC-OSC at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or ARC at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
BISCOM VII Registration Extended
The date for registration for the seventh "Bishops' Institute for Social Commanication" (BISCOM VII) has been extended to March 16, 2009. BISCOM VII will reflect and discuss "Social Communication in Catholic Universities in Asia: Facts, Experiences and Challenges." All Catholic universities in Asia with communication programs are invited to participate together with any Asian Bishop interested and concerned about the theme. The meeting will be held at the Suvarnabhumi campus of Assumption University in Bangkok, Thailand from May 11 to 16, 2009. BISCOM VII is organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in the Vatican.020309
Fr. Henry D'Souza, communication secretary of India, appointed Bishop
Fr. Henry D'Souza, the communication secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI), was appointed on March 15, 2008 as the new Bishop of Bellary diocese, Karnataka. Fr. Henry was for seven years secretary of the Communications office of the Indian bishops' conference and was instrumental in restructuring and depeening social communication for the whole of India. His consecration as Bishop will take place middle of June 2008 in Bellary, the place of his new assignment.
The announcement of Fr Henry's elevation as bishop and details of his life are published in the CBCI website at www.cbcisite.com
MA Theology Major in Social/Pastoral Communication, First Semester 2007-08
The MA Theology major in social/pastoral communication
program at the Pontifical University
of Santo Tomas, Manila will offer in June “Introduction
to Social Communication,” “Faith and Film” and “Pastoral Communication
I” beside other related courses. The graduate program started
in the school year 2001-2002.
For the Second Semester (November 2007/March 2008) courses are offered
on "Communication Theology: Theological Disciplines in Communication
Perspective", Church and Broadcasting and the continuation of
"Communicating in Ministry" (Pastoral Communication II).
In October a student graduated with a thesis on "Evangelizing
Communication in the Acts of the Apostles.".
The Pastoral Communication studies can also
be combined with any licentiate study in the Pontifical Theological
Faculty of the university.
BISCOM VI on Modern Communication Technologies
The sixth “Bishops’ Institute for Social Communication” (BISCOM VI) from May 28- June 2, 2007 is organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication in cooperation with the International Affairs Office (OIA) of Assumption University, one of the higher learning institutions in Thailand run by the Brothers of Saint Gabriel. Also at the helm of local organization is the Catholic Social Communications of Thailand (CSCT), the communications arm of the Thai bishops’ conference. The seminar workshop on “Converging Communications for Ministry in Asia. Modern Communication Technologies for the Church” will be held at the Bang Na campus of the premier business and IT university. Take a virtual tour of the campus For inquiries, email CSCT Fr. Vorayuth Kitbamrung – Director and AU-OIA Mr. Glen Chatelier – Director
Computer Training for Bishops
A computer training for bishops will be offered as an optional program of the upcoming “Bishops’ Institute for Social Communication” (BISCOM VI) at Assumption University in Bangkok from May 28 to June 2. Bishops will learn how to access and use the different modalities of the Internet. They will also be introduced to Internet sites helpful for their ministry and to creating their own online pastoral programs. The five-day meeting itself organized by the FABC-Office of Social Communication has the theme “Converging Communications for Ministry in Asia. Modern Communication Technologies for the Church.” Participation is for bishops and for personnel of communication offices of bishops’ conferences.
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