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A Communication Training for not specialized Jesuits and co-workers: a challenge for those working in the pastoral, spirituality and social areas, but also for the communicators proposing an adapted useful program.

20 Jesuits and co-workers from Great-Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands and Flanders spent three extremely hot days in the coolness of the Old Abbey in Drongen near Gent, at the end of June. There was little theory, apart from an introductory session by “internet chaplain” Nikolaas Sintobin, but a choice between 5 workshops. No doubt, those who actually are working in area of Vocations, Jesuit Missions, Jrs… are eager to communicate in a digital era. 

The opportunity to participate in small groups in workshops, guided by specialist was really appreciated. The proposed workshops were: “Photography for the digital environment” (Ruth Morris, London), Achievable audio & video content (Guido Attema, Amsterdam), “Writing opinion pieces/blogposts/reflections” (Anton de Wit, Nijmegen), “Success in social media” (Sim d’Hertefelt, Brugge), “Who do you think you are talking to? – Why language matters” (Stephen Noon, Birmingham).

On the last morning Jane Hellings (gbsj, London) provided an overview and some reflections about the technical communications. Participants gathered in interest groups and shared about future collaboration, at Province and Assistancy level.

Participants were invited to use the camera of their smartphones and make remarkable shots of the Old Abbey, or to write a column on a news fact that more young people are attracted to belief after visiting a church.

Vocations promoter Walter Ceyssens found it a useful Training Conference: "This was a very helpful meeting indeed. My online competences which barely are above level 1, were upgraded. Furthermore the session met the need to gather the Society's digital expertise of Jesuits and especially lay collaborators, which is often scattered".

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