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Social Communication Summit for Priestly Ministry and Mission ends on high note

Port Moresby: The Social Communications Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNGSI concluded the Social Communication Summit on Priestly Ministry and Mission on a high note.

The Summit was ccompanied by the theme: To Inform, To Form and To Inspire, and was held from September 24th – 30th in Port Moresby at the Catholic Bishops Conference with 36 participants comprising of priests, a deacon, and a seminarian. The summit was focused on the formation of the priests to be effective communicators of the gospel.

An opening mass was held on Monday, September 25th with His Eminence John Cardinal Ribat MSC as the main celebrant with parishioners from St Charles Lwanga taking the lead in the choir.

In his homily, Cardinal Ribat addressed the Summit participants and those who joined to be like Salt and Light to others by being good communicators of hope in their daily lives.

“As priests, we have to be effective communicators of the Gospel. Our lives must radiate the love of God to our parishioners and those around us”, he said.

Following the closing mass, Bishop Deputy for Social Communications Bishop Jozef Roszynski SVD welcomed the participants and encouraged them to have an open mind and heart to learn and upskill themselves. He also challenged the participants to put into practice what they have learned in the summit when they return to their dioceses.

The highlight of the Summit was the development of a Social Communications module developed in the context of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands that will be taught in seminaries in the two countries.

The intense week-long Summit had the participants listen to talks by the different facilitators, take part in discussions and presentations, go out to field trips for practical activities and also have a moment of prayer and reflection in the daily masses and evening prayer times.

To name a few, Professor Fr Mi Shen covered Basic Understanding of Communication, Communication Theology and Communication Spirituality, Church Documents on Communication and Communication Formation of Priests and Religious. While Dr Baybado covered Communication Theology based on Synodality and Enriching Priestly Ministry Formation-Theological background.

In addition, Fr Angelo Sanchez, Scott Waide, Fr Giorgio Licini, Helen Oa, Sr Daisy and the SOCOM team also facilitated other topics such as Formation, Role of Media, the Conference Pastoral Plan 2, the challenges of internet, email and cyberspace in PNGSI, Video Basics and Newsletters The Summit concluded on Friday September 29th with presentations and had the Apostolic Nuncio to PNGSI His Excellency Archbishop Emilio Sosa Rodriguez as the guest speaker with special messages from the Social Communications Dicastery of the Vatican by the Prefect Paolo Rufini and his Secretary Mons. Lucio Adrian Ruiz. Also present was CBC PNGSI General Secretary Fr. Giorgio and CBC Human Resources Manager Miss Helen Oa.

SOCOM Secretary Sr. Daisy Anne Lisania Augustine MSC in her closing remarks thanked everyone who made the Summit a success, especially the Bishops who invested in their priests, the donors, facilitators and the hospitality team of CBC.

Tokens of appreciation were also given to guest facilitators and the CBC Hospitality team as a token of appreciation for their contribution to the overall success of the Summit.

Facilitators of the workshop included three Professors from the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines: Fr. John Mi Shen, Fr. Samuel Agcaracar SVD, Dr. Pablito Baybado, CBCPNGSI General Secretary Fr. Giorgio Licini PIME, CBCPNGSI Human Resources Manager Miss Helen Oa, Journalist and Founder of the LekMak Group Scott Waide, Lecturer from the Catholic Theological Institute Fr. Angel Sanchez SDB and CBCPNGSI SOCOM Secretary Sr. Daisy Anne Lisania Augustine MSC with her SOCOM officers.

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