Portugal – Communication Sector holds World Consultation in Lisbon

From Oct. 29 to Nov. 1, various members of the Sector for Social Communication and representatives of the same Sector active in the various Salesian regions gathered in Lisbon to participate in the World Communication Consultation.

About two dozen representatives from different Salesian Regions, exponents of the Communication Sector, the Salesian Bulletin, and Salesian publishing houses gathered for a working meeting and sharing of communication practices in the service of the Salesian mission.

In the meeting’s opening prayer, Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Councilor for Social Communication, said, “I’m very happy to hold this meeting after two and a half years without seeing you in person.” Fr. Mendes also recalled the excellent work done by each of those present as well as the enormous dedication of each to the field of Communication.

It is a meeting marked by fraternity, rich in the exchange of experiences and significant in the search for new knowledge and practices of communication for the good of everyone’s mission, always at the service of young people. Moreover, participants are invited to contribute to a general working document for the sector, which aims to explore concepts and processes while creating a common vision.

This 25-part document analyzes and explores ideas such as “communication, creative, narrative and aesthetic processes,” “communication and Salesian charism,” “communication, Salesian identity and mission,” “communication and spirituality,” among many other concepts and ideas. Each participating region is invited to integrate its own ideas and perspectives into this working document, which is intended to be global.

During the World Consultation on Communication, the Department’s Plan for Communication is also analyzed and worked on.

The first day was also marked by a moment of tribute to some of the members present: a gesture with which the General Councilor for Social Communication wanted to highlight the work done, over several years, by each of the honorees, in the various Salesian Regions they represent.

The World Consultation on Communication 2022 was also the moment chosen for the launch, in Portuguese, of Fr. Gildasio Mendes’ 23rd book, entitled “Eu Confio em ti!” (I trust in you!), which is intended to be a “meaningful testimony” that contributes to the “meaningful experience and joy of trust.”

During the World Consultation, participants will also have the opportunity to take part in some educational, cultural, and religious visits to the cities of Lisbon, Estoril, the place that will host next year’s meeting of Salesian youth who will participate in WYD Lisbon 2023, and the Marian shrine of Fatima, a national and international center of Marian devotion.

The visit to Fatima will include moments of prayer and the Eucharist in the Chapel of Apparitions, which will be presided over by Fr. Gildasio Mendes. At the end of the visit, and before returning to Lisbon, participants in the Consultation on World Communication will also recite a prayer of Consecration to Our Lady of Fatima.

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Palestine – Salesian School of Social Communication in Middle East begins

 Last Monday, October 10, the Salesian School of Social Communication (SSCS) began in the “Adolescent Jesus” Province of the Middle East (MOR). This course opened with an initial meeting, conducted digitally, chaired by the General Counselor for Social Communication of the Salesian Congregation, Fr. Gildasio Mendes, and was also attended by the Superior of the MOR Province, Fr. Alejandro León, the Provincial Delegate for Social Communication, Fr. Pier Jabloyan, five young Salesian missionaries, and young communicators representing the different Salesian centers in the Province.

There were a total of twenty-five participants, with about two people connected from each of the Salesian works or schools in the Province: Cairo-Zeitun, Cairo-El Sahel and Alexandria (Egypt); Damascus, Aleppo and Kafroun (Syria); El Houssoun and Al Fidar (Lebanon); and Nazareth (Holy Land).

This first session focused on the presentation of the contents and objectives of the SSCS, which will be concretely carried out in the next meetings, and allowed for a first moment of acquaintance and interaction among all participants. In the next five meetings, following the scheme prepared by the Social Communication Department, the SSCS will address 5 topics led by different people, each according to their specialization:

–     The Biblical Dimension of Communication, with Fr. Gildasio Mendes, General Counselor for Social Communication.

–     The synodal dimension of Communication, with Fr. Harris Pakkam, Editorial Director of the Salesian iNfo Agency (ANS).

–     The Salesian dimension of Communication, with Fr. Ricardo Campoli, member of the Social Communication Dept.

–     The institutional dimension of Communication, with Dr. Fabrizio Vignati, lay collaborator of the Special Circumscription of Piedmont and Aosta Valley (ICP).

–     The Communication and Youth Ministry dimension, with Fr. Miguel Angel García Morcuende, General Councilor for Youth Ministry.

An in-depth study on the theme of Justice and Peace shall complete the path of the SSCS in the MOR Province.

“We hope that this school will strengthen our mission of communication in the Salesian Middle East, between centers and schools, following in the footsteps of Don Bosco, thanks to the accompaniment offered to us by the whole Salesian Congregation and in this case by the Social Communication Department,” Fr. Jabloyan declared on the occasion.

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