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Weekend Seminar-workshops on Pastoral Communication in 2016

St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Inc. (JFCC) will now offer pastoral communication seminar-workshops on weekends. Starting in January 2016, the first seminar-workshop on “Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field” will open at 1pm on January 30 and close the following day, January 31 at 5pm with a possibility to extend for research in the specialized library with some 4,000 volumes on social communication. Succeeding seminar-workshops will be basically on the last weekends of the month.

JFCC opened in 2009 as a venue for communication formation and training. Seminar-workshops are on topics like Church approaches to social communication, Church documents and structures on pastoral communication, intercultural communication, communication theology, religious journalism, communication research, and youth and new media.


Manila – Divine Word Father Franz-Josef Eilers will receive this year’s Titus Brandsma Leadership in Social Communication Award in a ceremony scheduled on November 27 at the Carmelites’ Titus Brandsma Media Center (TBMC) in Quezon City, Philippines.

JFCC Announces Workshops for June-September 2015

JFCC will hold the following workshops for students, media professionals and pastoral workers:

Communication Theology June 29-30 Facilitator: Fr. Anh Vu Ta
Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field July 27-28 Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd
Church Approaches to Social Communication August 24-25 Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd
Youth and New Media September 28-29 Anthony Roman

"Communication Theology" will look at the self-communication of the Triune God in the foundation of the world and human existence.  "Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field" will present the basics of the field of study related to Pastoral Theology.

"Church Approaches to Social Communication" will give a historical account of hos the Church communication from the time of the Apostles, Church Father, down to the Popes and Pontifical Agencies. "Youth and New Media," meanwhile, will explore the Church's thrust in the new media apostolate.

The dates for two more workshops: "Basic Communication Research" (thesis/dissertation writing) and "Church and Broadcasting" (basics of radio, TV and video for pastoral ministry) will be announced soon.

Except for the BCR workshop, registration fee is P2,500 inclusive of meals and accommodation.

JFCC Releases Book Catalog


JFCC releases in May, a catalog of "Books on Social Communication." The list include a compendium of Church documents on social communication (1936-2014), a seminal work on Pastoral Communication, and other reference books on Social- and Intercultural Communication. Also, the first two releases of a new book series, "Communicatio Socialis Prints," is given (cf. special news item).  Order from Logos (Divine Word) Publications, Manila Tel./Fax: (02) 732 2736 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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The FABC-OSC co-publishes in April the first two volumes of Communicatio Socialis Prints (CSP), a collection of scientific researches in religion and social communication. Volume 1 titled “Social Communication in Theological Perspective: Communication Theology” is written by Fr. Anh Vu Ta, while volume 2 titled “Social Communication Formation in Seminaries and Schools of Theology: An Investigation” is by Rev. Virgilio F. Ciudadano, Jr. CSP is jointly published by St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center Inc. (JFCC), Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication (ARC), and the MAT-SPC (Master of Arts in Theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication) program in the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School.

Sharing Pastoral Resources for the 49th World Communication Day

Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love is the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the 2015 World Communications Day to be celebrated on 17 May, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. As in previous years, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS) is encouraging everyone around the globe to share pastoral resources prepared by journalists and media offices of the local church. Links to these resources will be featured on the Council's website, Of particular interest are audiovisual or multimedia presentations on the theme.

One of the roles of the PCCS is to "encourage and support the Church, and her faithful, in the production and distribution of the many forms of communication which exist". Dioceses, communities, associations, and other Church communicators are welcome to share links to the pastoral resources they have prepared on the theme to, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The information will be posted on our website:

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