TEZPUR (Assam) – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) and Bosco Communications Dimapur are jointly hosting a three-day Pastoral Communication Course for Leadership at the Pastoral Centre Tezpur near Licchubari, Sonitpur. The programme was jointly inaugurated by Bishop Michael Akasius Toppo of Tezpur and Bishop Emeritus Robert Kerketta along with several church and religious dignitaries on 7th March.
The short and colourful 90 minute programme show cased local youth talent in song and dance. Speaking at the occasion BishopToppo said ‘In the field of pastors (missionaries) communication is very essential. “How effective are we in this field,” the bishop asked. He insisted, “It is in this context that we need to re-organize and plan … as many things we use and know are “getting outdated.”
Bishop Emeritus Kerketta underscored the importance of communications when he said, “a communicator makes all things to all people, so that as St Paul said, “we are able to save some people for the sake of the Gospel.”
Endorsing the theme of the training “Living, Learning and Leading in the digital age,” the Executive Secretary of the CBCI Media Office New Delhi Fr George Plathottam said, “Live, learn and lead is our mission… most important mission is to communicate the Gospel.”
There are 40 participants including 30 religious Sisters and 10 priests coming from neighbouring dioceses of Upper & Lower Assam, as well as Nagaland and Arunachal. The resource persons include Dr George Platottam, Prof Barnes Mawrie of Sacred Heart College and Director of Pastoral Centre Shillong, and Prof C.M. Paul Guest Faculty at the Department of Journalism & Mass Communications in the University of Calcutta.
The Director of Pastoral Centre Tezpur Fr Sushil John Soren and director of Bosco Communications Dimapur Fr Tarcisius Toppo are the organizers of the first ever media training programme being organized in Tezpur diocese.