Challenging the assembly of Clergy and Religious gathered at the University of Santo Tomas, AlmuSalita’s Rev. Fr. Luciano Felloni called on the need to promote the Words of Christ through the use of Social Media in the recently concluded 5th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE5) last July 21, 2018.
“Being a missionary, one must be open to new platforms used as a medium to share the Good News of Christ,” Fr. Felloni urged. He emphasized the importance of Media and technology in promoting the Good News of Christ through the use of Social Media.
“People need to meet God and are open to God and are looking for God,” he urged the assembly composed of priests, Religious, seminarians, and lay. He said being a cyber missionary is the new way of promoting God’s Word. He emphasized the need to take note that, being surrounded by technology now, the Clergy and Religious need to be aware that this is part of their mission to serve God and His people.
Fr. Luciano gave pointers on how to become a cyber missionary. First, one ”must be open in all aspects–open to technology” that is used “not to punish us, rather to aid us more in proclaiming the Good News”.
“Evangelization is not repetition, not only we do cyber-mission by sharing, rather we need to create a content,” he stressed. By content, he meant one that can relate to the recipient’s own personal encounter with God.
Second, he cited learning the language and the culture of Social Media by spending more time, money and effort in and for it. Third, he urged the need to be pro-active in Social Media. He emphasized that being a cyber-missionary we must engage many people, encourage them to live a more positive life in Christ’s love.
Fourth, he highlighted that one must be a man of prayer because technology is “how” but spirituality is the “what” of cyber-mission. Fifth, is to be a team because no one is sent alone. We work as a Church, we work in the world as missionaries of Christ. Lastly, he underlined the value of being a Good Listener because Social Media is interactive and listening is essential to the mission.
In summary, Felloni said that being a Cyber Missionary is not about being techie or to be young to tell that we are cyber missionary. It is to make Christ present every people through the means of technology.
“We can spread Christ’s love for others by means of using new way of communication,” he ended.
The Philippine Conference on New Evangelization is an annual event spearheaded by the Archdiocese of Manila in preparation for the 500th Anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. This year’s theme focused on the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Life while next year will delve on the Year of the Youth. (~John Martin Tito De Guzman)