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AMIC Award for Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd

The 2018 AMIC Award for ‘Transformative Leadership” has been accorded to Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd at the 26th Annual Conference of the “Asian Media, Information and Communication Centre (AMIC)” on June 8, 2018 at Manipal ‘Academy of Higher Education’ in Karnataka, India “for his outstanding contributions in the field of Church and social communication”. He has “written extensively on human and social communication and developed the concepts of pastoral and evangelizing Communication” which is also reflected in an academic program at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila. His several books in the field are considered as standard in the field, including a 632 page commented edition of all official Vatican documents on Communication from 1936 to 2014 (Logos, Manila).

AMIC is since the 1970s the only professional continental organization for Asian communication scholars and professionals which since 2006 gives only one annual Award to outstanding figures in the field. The last former awardees were Shelton Dhavalasri Guanaratne (2016) who is recognized as proposing a “de-Westernizing” communication theory especially under Buddhist but also Hinduism and Confucianism perspective. The 2017 Awardee Wijayanada Jayaweera was leading the “International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) at UNESCO in Paris and developed a “human-centric theory of Press freedom” based on Daoist principles.

Pastoral Communication Research Conference 2018 at UST

A new research conference of the University of Santo Tomas graduate program on Pastoral Communication will be held on March 8, 2018 in Room 404 of the Thomas Aquinas Research Center from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. The title of the considerations this time will be “Sharing Faith” as “social,” “pastoral,” and “digital” communication at these three different levels of approaching Faith in the modern times. For the first time there will be also a short listing of at least six research projects in progress by students of the graduate program from different countries in Asia. The purpose of the conference is, like the three earlier  presentations, to stimulate thinking and promote fresh approaches in sharing Faith on different levels of society. The conference is organized in cooperation with the St. Joseph Freinademetz Center for Social Communication (JFCC) Research and Study.

Religions in digital Asia (AMIC contribution, September 28, 2017)

By Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers,svd

The word “Religion” has the Latin roots of “Re-ligare” which mean to “Re-Connect”, to join which here also means to “linking human and divine”. Thus Religion can be considered as a system of reconnections with something “beyond” or what Rudolf Otto used to call the numinosum (1) which seems to very true for Asia: All major Religions originated from here including Christianity. Religion is a core part of every Culture!

Sharing Faith: Insights for Ministry

A Research conference in Pastoral  Communication

The Pastoral Communication Program at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila in cooperation with the “St.Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center”(JFCC) announces for September 21, 2017 a new Research Conference on “Sharing Faith: Insights for Ministry”. After two successful similar conferences the new initiative presents considerations “from Analog to Digital”, as well as communication competencies needed for modern ministry. The communication dimensions of Liturgy will also be considered and “One on One”: Communication without Technology in ministry”. The number of participants will be limited to 50 persons.

The conference is also part of a series of seminars at the “St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Research and Study, at the Compound of Radio Veritas Asia in Fairview where additional seminars are offered.

New date will be on November 9 same time and place at graduate school.

Five new MA Graduates in UST Pastoral Communication Program

With the end of the schoolyear 2016/2017 five students of the Pastoral Communication Program (SPC) of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) successfully graduated in the Graduate School and Theological Faculty of the University. A Pauline sister studied the life and Work of the ‘Daughters of St. Paul’ under pastoral Communication perspective. One student investigated in a missiological/historical study the mission methods of the Spanish Missionaries in the Philippines under intercultural perspective; a priest from Indonesia applied ‘Batac’ culture to the pastoral ministry in his home diocese of Medang. Another studied the Church demands  and needs for a missing  pastoral ministry for Communication professionals in the Philippines. A Vietnamese student from the Theological Faculty applied the communication of ‘Basic Christian communities’ to his home diocese and for the Church in Vietnam for which he gets beside the civil MA also the Roman ‘Licenciate’ (STL) which entitles him to also teach in Seminaries.

Some 12 students have at the moment finished their course work and are in the process of writing their thesis for MA/STL degrees at UST. All in all there are  now  46 Students from 8 different Asian countries who have successfully finished thei studies in the last 10 years of the program.

Sharing Faith in a Modern Age: New Ways of Communicating

“Sharing Faith in modern Age”: A Research Conference at UST

“Sharing Faith in a modern Age” is the title of a Research Conference at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila on March 9, 2017 in the afternoon (2-5 pm). The presentation follows a similar Research Symposium of the UST Graduate School and Theological Faculty from October last year “The Gospel in digital Society: Asian Experiences and Realities” with some 100 participants.  The new conference will continue those considerations in more detail: How can we share our Faith – beyond traditional teaching in a modern communication environment? Thus this conference will be introduced by considerations on the “Internet: From Addiction to a creative approach” followed by Paolo Freire’s conviction in the creative abilities (”Conscientization”) of every person – also in developing Faith. This will be followed by applying also  for modern ministry Pope Gregory the Great’s spirituality for apostolate (“Pastoral Rule”) to be concluded with considerations on “Faith as basis for personality  development”.

The conference is organized and presented by the UST academic MA/STL program on “Pastoral Communication” which is unique for the whole of Asia and beyond. Participation is free but the number of participants will be limited to 50 only in Room 404 of the UST Graduate School. Registration is online under the following link:

March 9, 2017
Room 404, Thomas Aquinas Research Center
Univeristy of Santo Tomas Graduate School
España, Manila

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