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Research Symposium: The Gospel in digital Society: Asian Experiences and Challenges

The Symposium on “The Gospel in digital Society: Asian Experiences and Challenges” originally proposed by the “St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center” (JFCC) will now take place at the  Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) on October 27, 2pm to 5 pm.

The introductory presentation of the conference will be given by Anthony Le Duc, svd, PhD of St. John’s and Assumption universities in Bangkok, Thailand on: “Is there a Cyber Theology and what does it mean?

Other themes which will be presented by staff and students from the joint MA/lic.theol  “Social/Pastoral Communication” Program at the UST Graduate School and Theological Faculty .  
These themes are:

  • Sharing Faith in a digital World: Catechesis and religious ‘instruction’
  • The marketplace of “Apps” and the church
  • Between digital and spiritual reality: is God online or offline?
  • Social Communication in Pastoral Ministry: From Hierarchy to Networks
  • Church documents on ‘New Media” and their ‘messages’
  • Radio streaming, a new way of communicating for the Church in Asia

The conference will take place in the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas (TARC building) .  Registration will start beginning of October. Participation is free but early registration is recommended !

More info, click here.

 
Proclaim Jesus, Bishop Tells Communicators at Msgr. Tai Memorial

A day of remembrance and looking forwardRadio Veritas Asia (RVA) and St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center, Inc. (JFCC) commemorated the first death anniversary of Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai with a memorial-symposium on April 21. Some 100 priests, religious and lay people came to the event held at the RVA studios in Fairview, Quezon City.

In his homily, Bishop Mylo Hubert C. Vergara said people who have encountered the priest from Vietnam ought to be challenged to do what he had done in his life, that is, proclaim Jesus.

Reflecting on Scripture readings, the Bishop-chairman of the CBCP (Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines) Episcopal Social Communication Commission said Msgr. Tai was a reluctant prophet like Moses. He was also like the shepherd David who, relying only on Divine Wisdom, fought against the Goliath of Communism in his native Vietnam.

Msgr. Tai's trust in God made him one of the cornerstones of the continental station RVA where he served as coordinator in August 1978. He became the station's program director in 1990 overseeing content, production and transmission of as many as 17 language programs throughout Asia.

Past and present employees of RVA and friends came to the symposium which was themed "Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai - Communicator and Educator in the Service of Vietnamese People."

It started with resource speaker Prof. Dr. Ma. Stella Tirol of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos discussing realities, issues and challenges of radio broadcasting in the Philippines.

RVA's Vietnamese Language Coordinator Fr. John Baptist Thanh The, op followed with a talk on Msgr. Tai as the voice of and for Vietnam. The successor of Msgr. Tai in the language service also showed a video of listeners telling how RVA broadcasts have nurtured their faith.

RVA Program Director Fr. Gabriel Htun Myint from Myanmar then recalled technological advances Msgr. Tai lobbied for to improve the station's reach and serve more people.

The priest's concern for people was further illustrated by German priest of Vietnamese origin, Fr. Anh Vu Ta, in a talk about Msgr. Tai's care for refugees pouring into Philippines after the Fall of Saigon in April 1975.

Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa then shared his memories of working in asylum seekers' camps with Msgr. Tai and a religious sister from Vietnam.

The archbishop chaired the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant Peoples from 1995 to 2005. He and another prelate guest, Bishop Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, con-celebrated the Mass presided by Bishop Vergara.

During the symposium, RVA and JFCC co-released the posthumous booklet "I will sing of your great love O Lord (Ps. 89:1), Life and Works of Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai."

In his closing remarks, JFCC board member Fr. Franz-Josef Eilers, svd, recalled Msgr. Tai as a man of prayer. His love for academics made him a cooperator of the social-pastoral communication graduate program at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

In this spirit and concern, Msgr. Tai co-founded and pioneered JFCC, which since 2009 holds communication formation activities following the example of its patron, St. Joseph Freinademetz.

The chapel of the Center has a life-sized sculpture of the Lady of La Vang (Vietnam), given by the German bishops' conference in 2008. (April 22, 2016)

 
Memorial-Symposium for Msgr. Tai pushes through

The Memorial-Symposium for JFCC pioneer and board member Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai pushes through on April 21, 2016 - the first anniversary of his death. Registration starts at 8 am.

Guests of honor will include the Most Reverend Bishop of Pasig, Msgr. Mylo Hubert C. Vergara, who will also give the Keynote Address and preside the culminating Holy Eucharist.

Past and present employees of Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) are expected to come, along with Vietnamese priests and religious who have encountered Msgr. Tai as co-worker, mentor and friend.

The theme "Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai - Communicator and educator in the service of the Vietnamese people" will be expounded by resource persons and colleagues.

On the same occasion, JFCC and RVA will also launch in his honor the posthumous book entitled "I will sing of your great love O Lord (Ps. 89:1) - Life and Works of Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai in the Philippines." (15 Apr 2016)

 
JFCC Holds Memorial-Symposium on Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai

JFCC will hold a memorial-symposium on April 21, 2016 in honor of one of its pioneer and board member, Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai. Some 50 friends and close associates of the priest from Vinh Long diocese Vietnam are expected to come and celebrate his life and works. The event coincides with his first death anniversary. The theme of the symposium is "Integrated Perspectives on Pastoral Communication and Human Development: Retrospect and Prospect on Msgr. Pietro Nguyen Van Tai and Radio Veritas Asia." For inquiries, please call (02) 431 6865 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
"Communication Theology" Workshop Moved

In view of the ongoing 51th International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in Cebu, JFCC's "Communication Theology" workshop will be moved to February 13-14, 2016. Fr. Anh Vu Ta, a doctoral candidate at the Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, remains as the workshop facilitator. Students, scholars and communication practitioners are welcome to explore "communication" in its deepest essence, i.e. originating from the communicating Triune God and the implications to today's communications. For inquiries, please call (02) 431 6865 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
JFCC Announces Workshops for Early 2016

St. Joseph Freinademetz Communication Center Inc. (JFCC) will hold the following workshops in early 2016:

Communication Theology January 23-24 Fr. Vu
Pastoral Communication: Investigating the Field January 30-31 Fr. Eilers
Youth and New Media February 6-7 Mr. Roman
Church Documents and Structures for Social Communication February 27-28 Fr. Eilers
Church Approaches to Social Communication April 2-3 Fr. Eilers
Communicating Between Cultures: Introduction to Intercultural Communication April 23-24 Fr. Eilers
Basic Communication Research August 27-28 Prof. Tirol

There will be no workshop offering in March in view of the Lenten Season. In the months of June and July, there will also be no workshop offering because of semestral break.

Email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for reservation or call Mr. Jairus Gianan, JFCC coordinator at 02 431 6865.

 
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