[Blueboard] Social Communication Course

Ari Dy S.J. aristotl at admu.edu.ph
Sat Jul 23 04:49:50 PHT 2005

Social Communication Seminar
September 9-10, 2005 

Communication is an essential need for every church member and especially every church leader. It is not only one sector of the Church's activities but it is central to all apostolates in the church.


In a world where communication is, in a growing way, unifying humanity and turning it into what is known as a Global Village, it is important that Church Leaders receive sufficient Communication Formation to be able to critically assess, evaluate and use the modern means of communication especially the Mass Media and New Technologies

Every Diocese  must have a Pastoral Plan for Communication, which includes also the communication dimension for every Ministry of the Diocese. Such a Pastoral Plan is to incarnate the prophetic, proclaiming mission of the Church in a media-shaped and media-conscious society. (FABC Documents) 

Avery Dulles, a noted theologian, says that the Church is communication because it is a communion. It is through Communication that Communion is achieved. The Church exists to bring people into communion with God and with one another. This in its very nature is a communicator's task.



Objectives of the two day Seminar:


·        To become aware of the relationship of communication to Life

·        To see the relevance of Social Communication in the Evangelizing Mission of the Church

·        To bring about an overall understanding of the Impact and Effect of Mass Media and New Technologies in Society, with specific reference to the Philippines

·        To appreciate the importance and role of Social Communication in Pastoral Ministry

·        To acquire specific social Communication skills





Seminar Content:


                                    Communication as a Life resource

Church and Communication

A New Approach to Communication and Priestly Ministry

Church Documents and Church Communication Structures

Communication Media and Values Formation

Communication Skills and New Technology




Lectures, Group Exercises, Visual presentations


Open to seminarians, priests, sisters and Church lay leaders


Seminar facilitator:


Mr. Augustine Loorthusamy has a BS in Social Work from the Asian Social Institute and earned his MA in Communications from the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.  He is an experienced lecturer in the field of communications and media literacy, and has served in various capacities on the international boards of the World Association of Christian Communicators (WACC), International Catholic Association for Cinema (OCIC), and the International Catholic Association for Social Communications (Signis).  He is also the Special Assistant for Jesuits in Communications in East Asia and Oceania (JESCOMEAO).



September 9 & 10, 2005 (Friday-Saturday)

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



The Garage, JesCom Creative Technologies

Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc.

Ateneo de Manila University

Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Q.C.


Course Fee:

P1,000 inclusive of course materials, lunch and beverages

Please bring your own snacks.

For reservations, please call Jett Galindo at 426-5971 local 228, or Ateneo campus local 4841 local 228.
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