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Father Gildasio Mendes Inaugurates Salesian School of Social Communication

By Shajan Valavil SDB-INK
Inauguration of SSSC by Father Gildasio Mendes
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Kochi, Sep. 24. The General Councillor for Social Communication, Father Gildasio Mendes, inaugurated and declared open online the Salesian School of Social Communication (SSSC) on September 24, 2021. Introducing the vision and objectives of the year-long programme, Father Mendes highlighted September 24 as a historically significant day for the Salesian order. He said: ''We are commencing an important journey keeping in mind the evangelisation mission of the Church to be achieved effectively through communication.'' As emphasised by different general chapters of Salesian Congregation, he said, Communication is a priority dimension for Salesians.
The Salesian School of Social Communication, an initiative of the Social Communication Department of the Congregation, Rome, envisages training all those involved in the social communication apostolate, keeping in mind the priorities of the Church and Congregation. It aims at preparing the participants to communicate from the Salesian perspective. The topics to be covered during SSSC are Biblical Dimension of Communication, Synodal Dimension of Communication, Salesian Dimension of Communication, Institutional Dimension of Communication and Youth Pastoral Dimension of Communication.

The event began with an opening prayer by Father Earnest Rosario, followed by a video presentation on the journey to Emmaus. Father Michael Makri and his team from Shillong set the tone for the programme with their melodious singing of spiritual hymns. Father KM Jose, Provincial of Chennai Province and Provincial In-charge of BOSCOM, invited everyone to become messengers of hope. He said that God communicated His powerful message of love, and we, in turn, should communicate the most powerful message, that God loves the world. We need to radiate positive energy in the world amidst the explosion of negative energies, he said.

Father Harris Pakkam, Director, ANS Rome, introduced the general guidelines for the whole training programme. Father Gildasio animated the first session of the training programme on 'Biblical Dimension of Communication: Reading Communication from the Perspective of Emmaus.' Eighty-two Salesians representing the different provinces of the South Asia region attended the online training session. Father Aravind Khalko from the Province of Kolkata thanked the gathering at the inaugural session.
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