14 Western Region Social & Pastoral Communications Conference 2018 - Wendy Chaves

posted Mar 1, 2018, 7:22 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Mar 1, 2018, 7:22 PM ]
The Western Region Social and Pastoral Communications Conference (WRSPC) 2018, hosted by the Archdiocese of Bombay, was held over two days — February 20-21, 2018 at Sarvodaya, St Pius X College Complex, Goregaon (East) — to discuss matters relating to social and pastoral communications in our specific time and place, to share the work being done and address concerns being faced by the Western Region (Arch)dioceses.

The 12 participating (Arch)dioceses represented through the respective Directors of Communications or their proxies were: Bombay (Fr Nigel Barrett and Fr Melroy Fernandes), Kalyan (Fr Franklin Joseph Pottananickal), Khadki (Frs Melwin Matthew and Santosh Abraham), Poona (Fr Malcolm Sequeira), Nagpur (Fr Lijo Thomas), Amravati (Fr Joselyn Pancras), Aurangabad (Fr Sinto Chiramal Antony), Chandrapur (Fr Vincent Pangola), Baroda (Fr John Raju Athukuri), Rajkot (Fr Tigin Mathew), Goa (Fr Barry Cardozo) and Sindhudurg (Fr Alex D’Mello).

The participants were warmly welcomed by His Lordship, Bishop Barthol Barretto, Chairperson of WRSPC, who wished all present a fruitful experience, and expressed his gratitude to the respective Archbishops/Bishops for the positive response to his invitation to the Conference.

The opening session commenced with a reflection, prayer and hymn, led by Bp Barthol, invoking the Holy Spirit to guide the discussions. His Lordship then outlined the programme, and provided a brief overview of the expected outcome. Fr Franklin Pottananickal, Kalyan Diocese, volunteered to be the Secretary for the meeting to record and present the Minutes.

The representatives, who ranged from the newly ordained to the seasoned veteran, presented their reports on the situation and activities in their various (Arch)dioceses. This feedback incorporated the desire to strengthen and maintain an effective and collaborative communications network in the Western Region. Of particular note, among the current activities, were the independent and dedicated printing facilities and studios, multi-lingual newsletters, websites, blogs, music albums and videos, film festivals, YouTube ministries, live streaming of pastoral events, dynamic social media, and WhatsApp groups, the preferred medium of communication. In some (Arch)dioceses, live theatre, street plays and dance were being employed to bring the Gospel message to outlying villages, this being either the best or only medium of communication.