Media camp to promote ‘thinking, speaking, living’ Christ

Media camp to promote ‘thinking, speaking, living’ Christ

Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi, director of the Diocese of Novaliches Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova), gives a talk on the sanctity of marriage during A SocComm Nova’s Core Group Training Series Basic Seminar on “Divorce, Same Sex Marriage, and the Sanctity of Marriage” held at the Diocese of Novaliches Chancery Office conference hall in Fairview Park, Quezon City, Feb. 24, 2018. MINNIE AGDEPPA

By Minnie Agdeppa

May 2, 2018


In celebration of the 52nd World Communications Day (WCD) on May 13, Ascension Sunday, the Diocese of Novaliches Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova) will host its 2nd Communications Camp meant to renew the faithful’s commitment to communicate Christ.

“The SocCom Camp is a renewal of our Christian commitment to think, speak, write and live Christ,” said SocComm Novaliches director Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi, explaining the event to be held at the La Mesa Ecopark on May 4 to 5.

The event is largely inspired by Pope Francis’ 52nd WCD message, which delved on “The Truth Will Set You Free (Jn 8:32), Fake News And Journalism For Peace”.

“Truth is not just revealing things that are hidden,” said the priest in reference to the Pope’s message for the year.

“Truth is living Christ, the Light that conquered the Father of Lies,” he stressed.

Designed to promote the importance of celebrating World Communications Day, the camp is held annually a week before Ascension Sunday.

The camp kicks off a week-long diocesan celebration, followed by the camp exhibit, which displays “masterpieces” submitted by participants during the camp, and ends with a commissioning Mass led by Bishop Antonio R. Tobias, DD, on World Communications Day itself. The entire celebration is aligned to the theme of Pope Francis’ WCD message.

Pope Paul VI first celebrated World Communications Day on May 6, 1967 after the release of his decree On The Media Of Social Communications or Inter Mirifica in 1963 that defined the importance of social communications in the Catholic Church, especially in addressing social issues.

The SocComm Nova camp was first launched on May 19 to 20, 2017 at the Notre Dame De Vie Retreat House / Mother of Life Center in San Agustin, Quezon City. This year’s camp is expected to be a bigger gathering in lieu of concurrent sessions that range from the basics of newswriting and photography to broadcasting and events coverage to be given by speakers from EWTN, Communications Foundation Asia (CFA), Trapik.Com, among others.

It is expected to gather SocComm coordinators and members from nine out of 12 vicariates of Novaliches. Attendees of the camp are then given the privilege to attend more ministry formation during the year, which includes the National Media Convention in Davao from Aug. 6 to 9.