Brazil. On 26 and 27 June 2024, in online mode, the 2nd National Communication Meeting ENAC took place, promoted by Salesiano Network Brazil (RSB) on the theme “From dream to reality: towards a full presence”. More than 400 subscribers were connected in live streaming, including communicators, managers, and educators from all the Salesian realities of RSB.

The meeting aimed to strengthen spaces for formation, interaction, debate, sharing, and joint elaboration of proposals, which contribute to the innovation of the educommunicative processes of the Network’s educative action. For the organization and realization of the event, the collaboration of the Provincial Communications Coordinators and the support of the Salesian Formation Center (CSF) was used.

The moments of the “Good Mornings”, the opening prayer, the resonances, and the questions were guided by different FMA and SDB Provincial Coordinators of communication.

The Provincial of Our Lady of the Amazon Province (BRM), Sister Maria Carmelita Conceição; and Fr. Francisco Inácio Vieira Júnior, SDB, Contact Persons for Communication, welcomed the participants, officially opening the II ENAC and with a reflection on the Don Bosco’s Dream at 9 years of age.

“Talking about dreams is always very beautiful; it feeds our hope and optimism. This dream of Don Bosco is even more beautiful, because it speaks to us of the experience of his life […] ‘A dream that makes us dream’ is the theme of this year’s Strenna, dreaming of a better, more fraternal, and supportive world,” said Sister Carmelita.

Sister Maike Loes, National Coordinator for Communication of RSB, retraced the steps of the birth of the meeting, starting from the first ENAC, in May 2023, with the participation of the General Councilors for Communication, Sister Maria Ausilia De Siena and Father Gildásio Mendes.

The 2nd edition of ENAC had the presence of international speakers. On the first day, the Dean and Professor of the Faculty of Social Communication Sciences of the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) of Rome, Fr. Fabio Pasqualetti, SDB, presented the theme: “Don Bosco’s dream at 9 years: between charism, communication, and mission.” He highlighted that, although times have changed, the dream of Don Bosco and the Oratory remain always relevant, as a response to the education of the new generations.

The interventions of the second day focused on the theme, “The digital continent, a game where you win friends with kindness and charity,” presented by Sister Mercedes Méndez Siliuto, head of communication of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Assumption (Spain). “Digital, from instrument to culture: a challenge for the Church. A vision starting from ‘For a full presence’,” was presented by the Secretary of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication, Fr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz.

Sister Mercedes presented aspects of the Preventive System and the educative and evangelizing style of Don Bosco. She underlined the expressions of the Dream at 9 years and commented on Pope Francis’ Message for World Communications Day 2024, associating it with the theme of wisdom of the heart. She also indicated beauty-goodness-truth as criteria for being a quality presence on social networks so that Educommunication may be effective. She concluded her intervention with an invitation, “We establish houses in the digital continent, not isolated presences, but a ‘we Salesian’. Educators and students, together, this is what it really means to be a Salesian presence in the digital continent.”

Father Lucio presented a historical overview of the Church’s vision of the media, stressing that they are not simple tools, but a culture to be evangelized. He stressed themes such as inculturation, the missionary dynamics of the Church, and the presence of the Church in the digital continent. He insisted on the need to “move from technology to kerygma, at the first proclamation, because technology is the activity, while kerygma is the essence,” as the “digital culture is a space for evangelization and mission.”

The speakers also included the National Coordinators of the areas of intervention of the RSB, Sister Lucia Jacinta Finassi FMA, Carolina Neves de Oliveira, and Sister Maike Loes FMA, who spoke on the theme “Realizing the dream at 9 years of the presence of the Salesian Network in Brazil” from the point of view of the School, Social Action, and Communication.

Fr. Raimundo Marcelo Maciel, SDB, member of the National Commission of PG, gave his contribution on the issues dealt with from the perspective of Youth Ministry. Fr. Raimundo highlighted his experience with the Yanomami people and the arrival of the Internet in the indigenous mission of Maturacá, a district of São Gabriel da Cachoeira in the state of Amazonas.

During the meeting, the Executive Council of the RSB made its presence felt with a message to the participants. Both Sister Silvia Aparecida da Silva FMA, and Father Sérgio Augusto Baldin Júnior SDB, stressed the commitment to inhabit social networks, to be a quality presence in the new courtyards of the digital world, without forgetting the courtyards of the school, of social work, of the university, of the parishes, of the suburbs. They reiterated that, “today, it is fundamental to know the mechanisms of communication, the processes, the narratives that are built also starting from all the space of the virtual territory, recalling that it is part of daily life and that there is no distinction between reality and virtuality in this horizon of social communication.”

At the conclusion of the II ENAC, in addition to thanking the speakers, participants, and teams, Sister Maike Loes made a short parallel between the document “Towards a full presence” of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication and “Manifesto to young people” of the RSB. Both highlight that “young people ask to be found where they are, even on social networks” and that it is necessary “to understand young people from the place where they are and want to be found.”

The ENAC participants departed with an invitation and a challenge: “Inhabit social networks in a Salesian way, passing from dream to reality without ceasing to dream: dreaming and working for the present and the future of children, adolescents, and young people who every day cross the gates and doors […] of our presences.”

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