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50 Years of 'Inter Mirifica'

Theology graduate students of the University of Santo Tomas held a half-day symposium on November 22, 2013 to celebrate 50 years of the Vatican II Decree "Inter Mirifica on the Means of Social Communications." The event was held at the Martyrs' Hall of the UST Ecclesiastical Faculty from 1:30 to 5pm.

Monsignor Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, delivered the keynote address along with Divine Word Father Franz-Josef Eilers, founder and coordinator of the "Master's in Theology major in Social/Pastoral Communication" (MAT-SPC) program at the UST Graduate School.

Other speakers included Angela Blardoni Ureta, ABS-CBN executive and Catholic Mass Media Awardee, Christian Esguerra of the major daily “Philippine Daily Inquirer,” and Fr. Anh Vu Ta of the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas.

More than 70 priests, seminarians and religious were present, including the chairman of the CBCP Episcopal Commission for Social Communication, Bishop Bernardino Cortez, and National Office of Mass Media (NOMM) Director Fr. Francis Lucas.

ARC’ Holds Sixth Roundtable of Scholars from Different Religions

The Asian Research Center for Religion and Social Communication held its 6th international roundtable of invited scholars from different religions on October 21-24, 2013.

Hosted by Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya Buddhist University (MCU) in Chiangmai, Thailand, the event gathered more than 20 university professors, authors and researchers on religion and social communication from six Asian countries. Each participant represented either Christianity, Jainism, Theravada Buddhism, Judaism, or Hinduism.

Communication Theology" workshop moved to Sept 2 - 3, 2013

The "Communication Theology" workshop originally slated for August 26-27, 2013 is moved to September 2-3, 2013. Limited slots are available so register now. Email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (02) 7327170 for details.

June to October 2013 Courses

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Workshops for June to October, 2013

St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center announces the schedule of upcoming seminar-workshops for June to October this year. Religious educators, students as well as pastoral workers are invited to join. For details, please call 7327170, 3138577 or email your inquiry to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Workshop Title
Facilatator Schedule Registration Fee per Pax
Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field

Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd
(Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila)

August 19 – 20 P3,500
Youth and New Media: Challenges, Concerns, Insights

Prof. Anthony Roman
(Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences – Office of Social Communication)

September 9 – 10 P3,500
Journalism in Pastoral Ministry

Prof. Christian Esguerra
(Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila)

September 22 – 23 P3,500

Basic Communication Research: Practical Tips in Research Proposal Writing

Prof. Ma. Stella Tirol
(University of the Philippines @ Los Banos)

October 28 – 30 P 5,000
Communication Theology

Fr. Anh Vu Ta
(Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila)

September 2 - 3 P3,500

In November this year, JFCC will also co-organize a half-day symposium at the UST Graduate School on the issues and challenges after 50 years of the Conciliar document ‘Inter Mirifica.’

Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field

Pastoral Communication ParticipantsMore than a dozen priests, religious and lay people from China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines attended the three-day workshop on Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field from May 5 to 7, 2013.

Resource person Franz-Josef Eilers, svd has led the participants to an in-depth look of the field of study and pastoral activity. He stressed that pastoral communication is concerned less about technical means, than with forming a communicative spirituality reflecting the heart of the Good Shepherd.

In the end, the participants resolved to foster and promote “prayer and contemplation” so that all in ministry would communicate according to the communicative attitude and disposition of Jesus Christ. A repeat of this workshop is foreseen for August 2013. The exact dates will be communicated later.

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