Report by Fr Anil Ivan Fernandes

MANGALURU, JULY 31 : The Commission for Social Communication of the Diocese of Mangalore organised a one-day training programme for the parish convener and secretary of the Commission for Social Communication on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at Pastoral Centre, Bajjodi, Mangalore.
110 conveners, secretaries, and others who are part of the parish communication team, representing 67 parishes were present for the training programme.

Most Rev. Dr Peter Paul Saldanha, Bishop of Mangalore Diocese presided over the inaugural programme. The inauguration was done in a creative way. The dignitaries and the participants placed the social media icons around a lamp stand upon which the picture of Jesus was placed. It gave out a call to proclaim Christ through social media.

Rev. Fr Anil Ivan Fernandes, Secretary, Commission for Social Communication and Director of Canara Communication Centre gave an overview of the roles and responsibilities of the parish Conveners and secretaries of the commission.
Rev. Fr Sudeep Paul MSFS, Regional Secretary, Social Communication and Director, Sandesha Foundation, Mangalore spoke on the effective use of social media in parish ministry.

Rev. Fr Chethan Lobo, OFM Cap, an acclaimed journalist, Director of Assisi Press and Studio, and former PRO, and Communication Director in Udupi engaged in the afternoon session. He trained the participants on evolving a suitable action plan at the parish level.

Fr Anil Fernandes trained and educated the participants on designing the posters, writing Kannada font in Mobile, and gave useful information regarding managing the media and communication in the parishes.

Rev. Fr Anil Ivan Fernandes welcomed the gathering. Fr Thrishan Dsouza, Executive Committee Member compered the programme. Committee members Sr Prameela Dsouza AC and Fr Jovin Sequeira, Parish Priest, Cordel led the prayer service. Committee Members Mrs. Priya Noronha and Sr Prameel Dsouza introduced the resource persons.

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