Felix Antoine –
Dibrugarh: The Diocese of Dibrugarh, in the state of Assam in northeastern India, on August 29, 2022, organized a media training program for its priests and nuns at the Mancotta Pastoral Center.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Bishop Albert Hemrom, who is also the Chairman of the Media Commission of the North Eastern Regional Council of Bishops (NERBC), stressed the need to keep abreast of modern means of communication. “The way we communicate has changed and the whole world has migrated to social media communication. If we do not modernize, we will not be able to communicate with the current generation”.
The one-day training brought together 30 participants.
Quoting Pope Francis, Bishop Hemrom said, “I hope this training will enable you to build human communities with your communication based on love, equality and mutual respect.”
The training included topics such as the modern mode of communication, social media for evangelism, and hands-on training on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
Speaking at the end of the training, Fr Kuriakose Poovathumkudy, Rector of Oriens Theological College, Shillong said, “This training has not only highlighted the use of social media but also emphasis on the purpose of these means of communication”.
Participants also expressed satisfaction with the results of the training program. Father Joy Pallikunnel, an octogenarian participant said, “I will be using Twitter to share my daily reflection from today.”
Sponsored by NERBC North East Social Communication, the training was conducted by Fathers Tom Mangattuthazhe, Secretary of NESCOM, Joseph Manikathan, Secretary of the Diocese of Dibrugharh Media Commission and Felix Anthony, PRO of NERBC.