SOCOM Ministry holds first general assembly for 2018

The Social Communications Ministry of the Archdiocese of Manila held a half day assembly for members of the media ministry of parishes last March 3, 2018 from 1 to 5 p.m.

About 100 members of the Social Communications Ministry of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila attended the gathering at the Arzobispado de Manila in Intramuros.

The assembly focused on the various activities prepared by the SOCOM Ministry for the ministers and their parishes as well as how the ministry can maximize the use of social communications in Evangelization.

Paingayin ang “Good News”

In a world where there is proliferation of “Bad News”, Fr. Joselito Buenafe, First Commissioner of Social Communication of the Archdiocese of Manila, Vice President for Administration of TV Maria and Parish Priest of Santisima Trinidad Parish encouraged the ministers to make noise in proclaiming the Good News.

“Sometimes we have been too quiet and we have to go against the tide.  We have also to proclaim and it is our duty especially as social communications ministers to be evangelizers, to inspire, and to bring Good News not just to our parish but to the whole world,” Fr. Buenafe said during his welcome remarks.

Share the stories of God’s Love

In his message for the SOCOM ministers, Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio, Vicar General; Moderator Curiae; and Commissioner, Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Manila elaborated on the development of the use of media from the time where Christ preached through word of mouth to this day and age.

According to Msgr. Clem, though media has progressed, the message of Christ’s love does not change. Christ love is expressed through the same stories of the faithful’s daily life. 

“Ngayon marami ang kinakailangang marinig, masaksihan, maranasan ang pagmamahal ng Diyos at ang kwento ng pagmamahal ng Diyos sa kanyang bayan,” Msgr. Ignacio said.

He also expressed his joy for the number of SOCOM ministers who attended the assembly. He considered these young people to be experts in this kind of technology and are the ones used to, to the different avenues and platforms of media.

At the end of his message, he encouraged them to re-tell the story of Christ’s love for mankind.

“Ikuwento ninyo ang pagmamahal ng Diyos at ang pagmamahal sa ating bayan at pamilya,” he said.

Fr. Roy Bellen, Second Commissioner, Social Communications Ministry; Vice-President for Operations, TV Maria; and Director, Office of Communications, Archdiocese of Manila gave a brief orientation on the definition of Social Communication while conference speaker Edwin Lopez, Managing Director of Eternal World Television (EWTN) for Asia delivered his talk on the Relevance and Importance of Social media through his inspiring stories and experiences.

Representative from the different platforms of the Social Communications Ministry such as TV Maria, Radio Veritas, CMMA, and Office of Communications gave a brief description of how their platforms work and how they can be of help to the SOCOM Ministries and their parishes.

An open forum was held after the speakers shared their insights on Social Communications.

The first SOCOM Assembly for 2018 was a collaborative effort of TV Maria, Radio Veritas and the Archdiocesan Office of Communications – Print and Internet. (Jheng Manlang Prado/RCAM-AOC) 

Photo by Maricar Santos



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