Friday, 29 March 2019 09:17

CBCP-ECSC holds regional media workshop for Catholic media ministers


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines- Episcopal Commission on Social Communications (CBCP-ECSC) conducted a three-day regional workshop for Social Communication Directors and Catholic media practitioners. The event was held at the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) from March 20-22, 2019.

Catholic media ministers and practitioners gather for a three-day regional media workshop at the Communication Foundation for Asia in Sta. Mesa, Manila from March 20-22, 2019. (Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring/RCAM-AOC)

Dubbed with the theme “Empowering you with the Truth in this Digital Age,” the workshop aims to properly educate, train, and equip the Catholic media practitioners with the skills to be online missionaries.

“We hope to gain expertise in the creation, management, and dissemination of information to effectively influence public opinion according to Gospel values,” said CBCP-ECSC president Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara in his letter of invitation to the Catholic SOCOM practitioners.

The workshop commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Bishop Vergara followed by the welcoming of participants from the different dioceses and archdioceses in the country.

Rev. Fr. Joselito Jopson, CBCP-ECSC Executive Secretary gave his welcome remarks and discussed the important mission of communication in this digital age by telling the Catholic media practitioners that “Media must be guided with moral principles” and “communications must state the truth”.

Ms. Sally Jo Bellosillo, President and CEO of Caelestics Production Inc., was the guest speaker during the conference. Among the topics she discussed were: Editorial Management and Content Creation, Brand Narrative Creation for multiple medium especially for Social Media, How the Church is the Competitive Voice to mainstream Media and the Voice of the Truth, and Crisis Management

In his homily during Mass to culminate the three-day workshop, Fr. Jopson took note of the important role of the Church to its faithful especially social media has been the main source of evangelization nowadays.

He cited that upon entering the digital age where there is a widespread proliferation of fake news, the Church should lead the people to Christ, who himself is the only truth.

“No matter what fake news does to people, we cannot underestimate the power of truth. Indeed, the truth shall set us free. We pursue that path of truth in our chosen apostolate and consequently leads the people to the truth,” Fr. Jopson said.

“So, dear Catholic media practitioners, persevere in the Lord in the search for truth. This will lead the whole Church into our long-desired freedom in the Lord,” he added.

Hearing from the point of view of a Catholic media practitioner, Sr. Maricris Licup, FMM, from the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, Diocese of Cubao had expressed her thoughts on the various activities she engaged in during the workshop.

As Catholic media practitioners, she said the workshop deepened her conviction that the priests, religious, and lay media practitioners should collaborate to put their acts together.

“We aspire to inspire God’s people to see the glory of God through our good deeds and in turn bring them back to the fold,” Sr. Maricris said.

Father Ilde Dimaano, SOCOM head of the Diocese of Batangas, said that he sees the communication crisis in the Church as a “challenge to convince Church workers, clergy and lay alike, to also get involved in this epic endeavor, to continuously believe in the power of truth using Church media”.

He also urged the Catholic media practitioners “to be more assertive in the spread of good and be more diligent in the work of seeking what is true and just”.

The three-day regional media workshop was in coordination with the Communication Foundation for Asia.

On August 2019, the 5th National Catholic Media Convention which is also a project of the CBCP-ECSC will be held in Lipa, Batangas. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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