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BOSCOM Executive Body Google Meet Discusses Communication amidst COVID-19 & Beyond
By BISIndia Correspondent  - 2 Comments
Mumbai, Apr. 25. The Don Bosco South Asia BOSCOM Executive Body had a lengthy 04-hour Google Meet on 25 April 2020, moderated by BOSCOM Delegate Father Ernest Rosario. Due to the various constraints effected by the nationwide lockdown to contain the escalation of the COVID-19, this was an extremely beneficial real-face-time meet of the 15-member BOSCOM Executive Body via Google Meet.
Screengrab of Google Meet BOSCOM Executive Body Meeting on 25 April 2020
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The meeting was scheduled to discuss the specific agenda of the way forward in the year ahead, the annual calendar of events, the 2020-21 budget proposal to the SPCSA [Salesian Provincial Conference of South Asia] and the updating of the Don Bosco National Portal.

Beginning with a well-animated Prayer by Father Michael Makri-Delegate INS, the 02 main Onboarding and Business  sessions, witnessed a free, frank and forthright sharing and general evaluation of the Communication Sectors in each of the 11 provinces; the status of the Bosco Information Service news/information flow to the province and national web portals; media ministry during COVID-19 and suggestions to carry on the communication ministry beyond this present crisis.

Father Biju Michael, the recently elected South Asia Regional Councillor joined in the proceedings from Turin. Father Albert Johnson-Secretary SPCSA and Father K. M. Jose-Provincial of the Salesian Province of Madras [INM], also the Provincial In-charge of BOSCOM also participated in the proceedings.

BOSCOM Secretary Father Eugene Florence, presented the minutes of the previous meeting held at Dimapur, while Father P. T. Joseph-Webmaster SPCSA, presented the analytics and the practical implications of using the national portal to the optimum. Father Christopher George-BISIndia Coordinator/Chief Editor, presented the BIS updates. Father Joaquim Lobo-Delegate INP, who represented BOSCOM at the recent SIGNIS India National Assembly in Kerala shared key inputs from the assembly. Father David Mariaselvam-Editor Salesian Bulletin presented the Bulletin details and updates.

Some of the major takeaways from this real-face-time Google Meet, with inputs from Father Biju Michael and Father Johnson, were:
   � to plan, prepare and pursue the flow of essential information to benefit the Salesians, Salesian Family and all stakeholding-collaborators of the various people-development works.
   � to provide pertinent support and coverage to various flagship programmes organised by the SPCSA Networks
   � to ensure that the dignity, loving charity and various accompaniment models with a concern to influence the social-cultural settings inhabited by the young, may be provided diverse platforms
   � to find means of including other works/presences in Nepal, Bangladesh and the Middle East, beyond India, thus functioning as a umbrella body of the South Asia Region.
   � study the best practices and plan Digital Assest Management of the Communication Sector; BIS Training of Trainers; address Digital Addiction and Fake News proliferation across our works; Logo finalization; Ethical reportage and disemmination of social media postings.

This meeting in which participants from their own respective rooms/offices across the country, and from Turin were able to participate in real-face-time, is perhaps the first step in paving the way forward for BOSCOM, beyond COVID-19, for a vibrant and a new normal future!


PORUTHUR Joseph India Chennai
April 26, 2020

Hi, Fr.TD. BIS Team has recommitted to start dialogue among confreres, departments, communities on the possibilities and alternatives during Covid19 pandemic and beyond. Join the team. You would have read the BIS News on Covid19 Relief activities carried out in our provinces. And we appreciate and salute all our confreres and lay collaborators who go about serving with the mind and heart of Jesus Christ.

THARAKAN John India Coimbatore
April 26, 2020

A very good attempt and highly effective. Congrats. I too have a humble suggestion that I have repeated ad infinitum/nauseam. Jesus is he communication of the father. BOSCOM must serve as that communication. Communication is a mission, a way of relating, more than technology, a tool. Are we going to just adjust to COVID 19 and go on as usual. This is the impression the report gives. The letter from Rome of La Croix International has the title: "THE CHURCH MUST DIE BEFORE IT CAN RISE AGAIN: Only those who do not really believe in the power of the Resurrection would seriously think that the Church could remain exactly as it was before COVID-19 (Good Friday, April 10, 2020). How do we respond to the challenges of COVID 19 which predictably may exceed any of the calamities known in history. Even worse is expected. Can BOSCOM initiate dialogue among confreres, departments, commmunities on the possibiities and alternatives. For me no TINA, rather TAMA, There Are Many Alternatives. Holy Week washed out, liturgy and Eucharist not possible for the people. Will the clerical church go on leaving the people to their fate at the bottom of a hierarchy that Jesus never wanted! Will we grow up into the Spirit of Chrit?

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