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Priests, nuns 'need to use multimedia'

Participants at the training pose for a photo Participants at the training pose for a photo
  • ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh
  • March 15, 2011
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Church people involved in training seminarians and nuns in Bangladesh say they need to be trained to use modern media in order to help future Church workers cope with present day issues.

“I think priests and Religious need to be highly educated because people are getting more educated now,” said Congregation of Our Lady of the Missions (http://www.rndm.org/) Sister Songita Gomes. “To respond to the various needs of people in the modern age, we need higher education besides the conventional spiritual training,” added the director of novices for her congregation.

Sister Gomes was among 23 priests, nuns and brothers attending a March 13-18 training near Dhaka. Jesuit fathers working in Bangladesh organized that training of Church personnel involved in training future priests and nuns.

“We scarcely use the Internet and have little idea about Facebook, Twitter or YouTube or how they can be used as missionary tools. Time has come to learn and use them,” said Sister Supriti from the same congregation.

Salesian Sister Mita Das feels that formation houses need to introduce candidates to modern technology and mass media. “We restrict novices and junior sisters from using the Internet fearing that they might misuse it. So, they eventually have no access to learning through the internet,” said Sister Das.

“People come to priests with many questions and they expect right answers. We need to study more and acquire more knowledge to be accurate in responding to their needs,” said Father Premu Rozario assistant director of a seminary in northwestern Dinajpur diocese.

Associates of Mary Queen of Apostles Sister Mary Clotilda observed that nuns are less educated than priests, as they join just after completing school. “To overcome challenges to this modern age this is not enough. They need more education,” she said.
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