Nuns’ workshops help Catholics use digital media responsibly
Sisters Rose Pacatte (left) and Nancy Usselmann speaking at a workshop. Photo: JOHNSON KOH
Everyone is on social media these days. Many people – from the youth to working adults and retirees – have different social media accounts for work, friends and other social circles. How do we live as Catholics in today’s digital world?
Sister Rose Pacatte and Sister Nancy Usselmann, Daughters of Saint Paul nuns from the US and educators on Media Literacy, gave some pointers at two media workshops on Nov 5 and 6.
At the workshops titled Bridging Faith and Life in a Digital World, held at CANA The Catholic Centre on Waterloo Street, the nuns touched on topics that included Digital Literacy, Media Mindfulness and Digital Discipleship.
Each workshop saw a turnout of about 50 participants that included several Religious members and a priest.
Participants learnt how to be more discerning when using social media and to act on the values that they believe in when engaging with the digital world, such as integrity, honesty, charity, compassion and social justice.
Short clips were taken from films to illustrate these points. For example, a scene from the movie Crazy Rich Asians showed how gossip about someone was easily spread across the world through text messages.
Short interactive sessions helped participants reflect on how to be mindful on social media and to use it responsibly and wisely.
The Sisters also shared the acronym T.H.I.N.K. to help participants reflect before responding, reacting or communicating in social media:
T=Is It True?
H=Is It Helpful?
I =Is It Inspiring?
N=Is It Necessary?
K=Is It Kind?
The workshops concluded with a media pledge – to use media in a way that helps one grow in faith and spread the Gospel.
A quote from Daughters of St Paul’s co-foundress, Venerable Thecla Merlo, was also shared: “How beautiful and holy it is to communicate Jesus to others – that Jesus whom we want to always carry in the centre of our hearts.”