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  • Nigel Akuani

MSI Religious undergo Special Communication Seminar

Port Moresby: As a way of improving communication in evangelization and adapting to the evolving communication techniques, a special Media Education Seminar was held for the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate (MSI).

The seminar held from 8am till 5pm on Wednesday 5th January 2022, at the MSI Provincial House, Boroko, had the engagement of 28 Religious from the MSI Congregation.

Facilitated by Social Communications Commission (SOCOM) personnel of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands (CBCPNGSI), the Media seminar had as its theme ‘To be Prophetic Communities in Living Our Mission and Spirituality’. All Media Officers and Journalists, the team of SOCOM personnel included Abigail Seta, Isabella Saleu, and Nigel Akuani.

Provincial Superior of the DMI Congregation, Sr Vimala Francis MSI, expressed her appreciation toward Team-SOCOM for the knowledge imparted, and said she now had a better understanding in communicating successfully the values of the Christian Life. “Thanks to the SOCOM personnel we now have a broader perspective of how the critical role of the Media’s various communication techniques can be used to enhance our efforts of evangelization,” she stated.

“Apart from learning to be more creative and being aware of what I am communicating to others, the explanation on the responsible use of Media when communicating was beyond valuable. My commitment is to bring awareness on the positive use of mainstream and social media,” she added.

Sr Lucy D’Souza MSI, Family Life Secretary of CBCPNGSI, emphasized the vitality of knowing how to communicate in everyday life, and said it was key to resolving much of society’s moral dilemmas. “We have been taught and shown an array of communication techniques, all of which will undoubtedly be used to enhance our pastoral ministries with the ultimate aim of leading our people back to God,” she said.

Informative sessions on Communication Platforms and Basics in Photography were presented by Isabella Saleu, that kept the audience’s anticipation at a high point. “Both were reflective sessions to help participants become better communicators and to unlock their own creativity. It was about embracing communication platforms in a positive way and teaching them that it was not so much the equipment that mattered, but the imagination and creativity of the user,” she explained.

In the 1-day seminar participants were presented with sessions on Understanding Communication in Secular Media, Camera Basics and Photography, Article Writing, and Designing Posters with a Message. The four sessions encompassed basic and crucial essences of modern Communication that revolved around oral, nonverbal, written, virtual and visual media.

The program also had practical exercises, icebreakers, action songs, commentary, activity sessions in-between. An evaluation, prayer, and word of thanks to facilitators officially ended the day’s program.

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