Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.
Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.
We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.
We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.
- Published: Sunday, 20 February 2011 22:28
At the 2010 Australian Provincial Chapter, there was a desire expressed for more international collaboration between provinces and regions. We are seeking ways of fostering this. After the 'Read More' rubric below, there are two reports of collaboration from the website of CFA, the Communications Foundation for Asia, the flagship for media and communication in the congregation. (Readers of these reports will be tolerant as the reports refer to the news editor of this Australian Misacor site.)
“Our charism of making the heart of Jesus known and loved everywhere is the basis of our media ministry,” Fr. Peter Malone, MSC, told fellow representatives of the Chevalier family during the Media Education Seminar held on January 19-20, 2011 at CFA. Around 20 participants belonging to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Pious Union of Mary and the MSC Mission Office attended the special seminar organized for the group with the support of Missie Procuur in the Netherlands.
In his opening address, CFA President Fr. Filoteo Pelingon, MSC, related how the Chevalier family has been involved in media in the past years. CFA, a media center affiliated to the congregation, was founded by the late Dutch MSC priest Fr. Cornelio Lagerwey. Fr. Fil expressed his hopes that after the seminar, many more would take part in the work of evangelization through media.
Fr. Malone was the main facilitator of the seminar and he focused on the use of films in the ministry. He pointed out that they need to incorporate media in their work as proclaimers of the Word. Using media to relate Gospel stories and values today will stir people’s interest and eventually deepen their own understanding of the faith. Through film clips, he presented stories, symbols and images to depict biblical truths of God’s love, mercy and compassion, as, for example, in the various versions of the story of the adulterous woman. Another set of clips featured priests and nuns who exemplified self-sacrifice and compassion for people they serve and others who failed to be faithful to their vocation. He concluded the first day by saying that people need to know how Jesus communicated, in a straightforward way, but also using symbols. As present-day evangelists, people need to be “symbol people” to communicate truth through our own stories from our culture and experiences, to be “heart people” in a symbolic way so people are drawn to God’s word.
On the second day, Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC, presented a series of animated shorts and how these can be used in teaching values. He encouraged the participants to use various resources that are relevant, exciting and accessible to people, especially to kids. To be effective communicators, he suggested that the participants get involved in the lives of the young and their interests to be able to influence them using their language, images and symbols.
In the afternoon, Fr. Leonido Dolor, Lipa Diocesan Media Director, related how he got involved in media ministry through radio, television, print and now through the web. He proposed that everyone in the ministry undergo basic media training as practical as holding a microphone or responding to interviews. As representatives of the Church, priests and religious persons need to be always accessible and relevant to the people and this can be facilitated by the use of media.
During the concluding session, Fr. Malone facilitated the brainstorming workshop on how the participants can readily use media in their ministries. Suggestions included creating e-groups for the chapter, contributing articles to their own websites and undergoing various media training courses such as workshops on web design, social media and radio programming. This was further encouraged by Fr. Fil in his closing remarks: “We need to get more involved in media. For the young, you have more to look forward to in your media involvement and training. For the priests, let’s find ways to use media more creatively and effectively. We can make media work for us if we will collaborate and share in each other’s work.”
Film buffs and educators interested in the use of film for teaching returned to CFA at the beginning of the year 2011 for the fifth in the series of Film and Faith Seminars with Fr. Peter Malone, MSC. Film and Sacraments was the topic of this year’s seminar, held on January 13-15, 2011 at the CFA Lagerwey Hall.
The cover of the book "Film and Sacraments".
“Film and Sacraments takes us to religious and secular stories of human culture, explores some of the symbols and life situations that the Catechism refers to and reflects on how they can lead us to a more fruitful understanding of the sacraments, signs of ‘the new creation in Jesus Christ’,” states Fr. Malone in his Introduction to his book Film and Sacraments, which was launched at the seminar. These stories, symbols and situations were shared and analyzed over three days filled with film analysis, lectures, workshops and group discussions.
The first two days of the seminar were led by Fr. Peter Malone, MSC, an international film reviewer and former President of SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication), who has come to Manila in January every year since 2007 for the Film and Faith Seminar Series. The third day brought Filipino films to the fore with Prof. Clodualdo del Mundo, Jr.’s overview, followed by Fr. Stephen Cuyos, MSC, who presented a sample module to teach the sacrament of confirmation using films and animated shorts.
At the very onset of the seminar, Fr. Malone proposed that film viewers adopt “sacra-mentality” as the main approach by which we use the symbols, images and stories in films for reflection and discussions on various religious themes, including the Sacraments. He further noted that Jesus used symbols and stories in the Gospels to convey particular messages to people he encountered, therefore making Him more story than doctrine. This was exemplified in various scenes in the Jesus films cited for the exposition of each sacrament. The presentations per sacrament were anchored on the symbols used, e.g, water in Baptism, bread and wine in the Eucharist and linked to Old and New Testament passages, then connected with present human experience. For Holy Orders, he presented not just the martyr priests in Romero and Shooting Dogs but also the flawed priests who needed forgiveness in Priest. The final example for this sacrament was from the Filipino film, Stella L., which showed the ministry of religious service which we all share with our pastor priests. Another Filipino film included in the discussion of sacraments was 100 which showed the preparations undertaken by a young worldly woman who was dying and the symbols used for Anointing.
Fr. Malone conducting a shortened version of the Film and Sacraments seminar in Guimba, Nueva Ecija.
On the third day, Prof. del Mundo chronicled the way Filipino films presented spirituality in the past decades, exposing the declining number of films with spiritual themes. One explicitly religious film was Kristo where Matt Ranillo III portrayed Jesus of the Gospels. Other notable films with spiritual themes were Himala, Santa Santita, and Magnifico. Prof. del Mundo concluded his presentation by posing a challenge to the participants to actively support the local movie industry, especially the films with good values, and to the filmmakers to produce films that will depict the strong spirituality of the Filipinos.
The last workshop was facilitated by Fr. Stephen Cuyos, who presented a module on the sacrament of Confirmation using the film Magnifico and some animated shorts. The module presented topics on the definition of confirmation, its effect on the Christian and the characteristics of Christian witness. In each section, Fr. Stephen used clips and shorts, acquainting the educators on how they can more effectively connect with their students using these kinds of video resources.
The seminar concluded with participants appreciating the deepening of their faith through discussions and film viewing, the widening of their perspectives on how films can be used in teaching, and the acquiring of new skills in film discussions. They also expressed eager interest in future film seminars that will help them in their profession.
Fr. Malone conducted a shortened version of the seminar on January 17, 2011 at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College in Guimba, Nueva Ecija for 234 catechists and religious education teachers. Bishop Mylo Vergara of the San Jose Diocese, who also uses films for teaching, expressed his gratitude for the presence of Fr. Malone and graced the seminar by celebrating the concluding mass with the participants.