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Don Bosco Kurla Mediates Social Media discussions at DBCL


By Ms Martins
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Mumbai, Oct. 22. The Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBCL) was the centre of two big events on October 16, 2013: a follow-up discussion with DBCL students on a seminar held at the Provincial House, Matunga, on the topic of 'Social Media and Salesian Youth Ministry'; and the opening of the 'Don Bosco Theatre' of DBCL.

The seminar at the Provincial House was conducted by the Don Bosco Communications, South Asia (DBCSA). The participants at the seminar belonged to the Salesians of Don Bosco involved in social communications and youth ministry from the 11 provinces of India, and a delegation of the Salesian Sisters.

The seminar threw open a forum for interaction and discussion between students from different departments of the DBCL and participants from the Seminar. The discussion was an enriching experience as it brought to light the students' first-hand experience of social media and their perspectives on them. The discussion highlighted the evolution, advantages and disadvantages of social media amongst other related issues.

The other major event of the evening was the inauguration of the DB theatre. Rev. Fr. Filiberto Gonzales, Salesian General Councillor for Social Communications, blessed the new preview theatre and Rev. Fr. Godfrey D'souza, Salesian Provincial of Mumbai province, officially inaugurated it with the traditional cutting of the ribbon.

Other dignitaries present at the two events were Rev. Fr. Thomas Ellicherail, SPCSA - Provincial In-Charge of Social Communications, Br. Ephrem Santos, Secretary of Dept. of Communications Rome, Rev. Fr. Antony Earathara, Delegate of Social Communication, South Asia, Rev. Fr. Joaqim Fernandes, General Secretary of Communications, South Asia, and Rev. Fr. Adloph Furtado, Director, Don Bosco Centre of Learning, and The community of Kurla.

The event opened with the soulful singing of the BMM students Natasha Pinto and Evita Mendonca, followed by addresses from Rev. Fr. Filiberto and Rev. Fr. Godfrey. The highlight of the evening was an in-depth presentation by Rev. Fr. Joe Braganza, Executive Director, Department of Mass Media, on the topic ''Salesian ministry in the age of social media.''

In the second half of the presentation Fr. Joe conveyed the vision for the soon-to-be-launched Don Bosco Institute of Communications (DBIC). He emphasized that DBIC aims to provide a 'Gateway to visual literacy'. He expressed his hope that students will be able to draw a deeper meaning from the films they will view and that the experience also inspires them to create meaningful and challenging films, thereby making them active developers of films and not just passive consumers. He signed off the presentation thanking and acknowledging the generosity of Ms Diane Boaz and her parents who made the DB theatre possible.

The audience were treated to the screening of the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett mini-series 'The Bible' and then taken on a tour of DBIC.

DBCL played perfect hosts by wrapping up the evening with a sumptuous buffet dinner. The event was anchored by Ms Martins and memories on camera captured by BMM students Chevlyn, Evachrist and Ishaan.
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