Santisimo Rosario Parish priest, Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., and Social Communications Ministry members Bro. Cedrick Sagun and Bro. Kenneth Flores join in photo fellow servants from the different parishes of the Vicariate of Loreto. (Photo courtesy of Fr. Coronel, OP)
ARZOBISPADO DE MANILA -- On March 3, 2018, the Archdiocesan Office of Communications (RCAM-AOC) hosted the first ever general assembly of all parish-based Social Communications Ministries in the Archdiocese of Manila. Santisimo Rosario Parish - UST was represented by no less than its parish priest and founder of the Parish Social Communications Ministry, Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P., with Bro. Cedrick C. Sagun (Parish SoCom Coordinator / YTP Secretary) and Bro. Kenneth F. Flores (Parish SoCom Core Group Member / YTP Treasurer).
Several resource speakers were present, including Mr. Edwin Lopez (EWTN Regional Manager for Asia Pacific), the Very Rev. Msgr. Jose Clemente F. Ignacio (Commissioner on Social Communications, RCAM), Rev. Fr. Roy M. Bellen (Director, Archdiocesan Office of Social Communications and General Manager of TV Maria), Rev. Fr. Joselito “Jojo” L. Buenafe (Assistant Director of TV Maria and Parish Priest of Holy Trinity Parish), and representatives from TV Maria and Radio Veritas 846.
Meanwhile, Fr. Coronel was chosen by the representatives of the Vicariate of Loreto to be their Social Communications Coordinator.
The event was a wonderful opportunity for everyone to meet fellow Church servants and to draw renewed hope and inspiration. Throughout the event, some of the recurring themes were: (1) the need for every volunteer/worker to have the right motivation; (2) the urgency of the New Evangelization and the importance of preaching of Christian hope; and (3) that there should be no sense of competition among SoCom ministries since we serve the same purpose.
Everyone hopes that this will be the start of better collaboration and coordination between the Archdiocese's social communications ministers. The RCAM-AOC is planning to hold three (3) more general assemblies within the year. The next one will be on May 12, 2018.
Last year, the Santisimo Rosario Parish official Facebook page was nominated at the Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA) for the category Best Parish Facebook Page, while the YTP website was nominated for the category Best Catholic Organization Website.
The Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican group simultaneously serves as the Parish Social Communications Ministry, in line with the Dominican charism of preaching Veritas or truth. Since 2017, YTP has also served as the social media working group of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE), and as the de facto social media arm of the Dominican Laity - Philippine Province, under the guidance of Dr. Belen L. Tangco, O.P., president of the Dominican Laity Provincial Council.
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás
España Boulevard, Manila 1015 Philippines