Tuesday, October 22, 2013


by Ms Martins

KURLA-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 22, 2013: The Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBCL) was abuzz with activities on October 16, 2013 with two important events: one a follow-up discussion on the seminar held at the Provincial House on the topic of 'Social Media and Salesian Youth Ministry' and the other - opening of the 'Don Bosco Theatre'.

The seminar at the Provincial House was conducted by the Don Bosco Communications, South Asia (DBCSA). The participants at the seminar belonged largely to the religious community involved in social communications and the youth ministry from all over India.

Amongst the dignitaries for the two events were Rev. Fr. Feliberto Gonzales sdb, General Councillor for Social Communication, Rev Fr. Godfrey D'souza sdb, Provincial Mumbai Province, Rev. Fr. Thomas Ellicherial, SPCSA – Provincial delegate of Social Communication, Rev. Fr. Anthony Earathara, Delegate of social communication, South Asia, Rev. Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, General Secretary of Communications, South Asia, Rev. Fr. Adloph Furtado, Director, Don Bosco Centre of Learning, and The community of Kurla.

The seminar threw open a forum for interaction and discussion between student's from different departments from the DBCL and participants from the Seminar. The event discussion was an enriching experience as it brought to light the students' first-hand experience on social media and an emerging new perspective. The discussion highlighted the evolution, advantages and disadvantages of social media amongst other related issues.

The other major event was the inauguration of the DB theatre. Rev. Fr. Feliberto Gonzales blessed and Rev. Fr. Godfrey D'souza officially inaugurated the DB Theatre with the traditional cutting of the ribbon. 

The event opened with the soulful singing of the BMM students Natasha Pinto and Evita Mendonca followed by key addresses from Rev. Fr. Feliberto and Rev. Fr. Godfrey. The highlight of the evening was an in-depth presentation by Rev. Fr. Joe Braganza, Executive Director, Department of Mass Media on the topic "Salesian ministry in the age of social media."

In the second half of the presentation Fr. Joe conveyed the vision for the soon-to-be-launched Don Bosco Institute of Communications (DBIC). He emphasized that DBIC aims to provide a 'gateway to visual literacy'. He hoped that students are able to draw a deeper meaning from the films they view and that the experience also inspires them to create meaningful and challenging films thereby making them active developers of films and not just passive consumers.

He signed off the presentation thanking and acknowledging the generosity of Ms Diane Boaz and her parents who made the DB theatre possible.

The audience were treated to the screening of the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett mini-series 'The Bible' and then taken on a tour of DBIC. DBCL played perfect hosts by wrapping up the evening with a sumptuous buffet dinner. The event was anchored by Ms Martins and memories on camera captured by BMM students Chevlyn, Evachrist and Ishaan.

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