The 1st Catholic Social Media Summit was held last week, July 14-15, at Riverbanks, Marikina City. Over 400 delegates attended the summit which had a range of varied speakers like digital marketing professionals, missionaries, and priests. The keynote was delivered by no less than Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle, whose message of “Do you use the internet, do you use it as a follower of Christ?” was picked up by several traditional media outfits.
TNM invited to speak at the Summit
Catholic Social Media Summit to be held annually
On the mass held during the last day of the Summit, Clark Nebrao, one of the lead organizers, shared that the CBCP consented that the Summit will be held annually. This will go a long way in training the clergy, volunteers, and missionaries in how to effectively use digital media in their efforts.
Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth also urged parishes and dioceses to embrace social media by training online missionaries. He explained that having smaller and more localized versions of the Summit will help preserve the spirit of the event and truly help in New Evangelization.
To say that the 1st Catholic Social Media Summit was a success is an understatement. Hopefully the fire started in that event will continue to burn and shine brightly so that more people will come to use social media as a positive force, especially in guiding the next generation.
Congratulations to the CBCP and Youth Pinoy for the successful event!