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Exploring culture and communication

fod_01Irish Jesuit Fergus O’Donoghue, Editor of Studies, was one of the guest speakers when thirty-seven Jesuits in Formation gathered for a residential weekend to consider media and communications. The event was held in the Emmaus Retreat Centre in Kent from 14-16 January, and the men came from two dozen provinces, including Ireland. Among the topics they discussed were the various Jesuit media initiatives in their own countries and the way their regional cultures affect communication of the Gospel. Fergus shared his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of the written word, especially on the net. Other topics included film – led by Maggie Roux of Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds; journalism (Sr Janet Fearns FMDM), and the use of drama, facilitated by Chrissie Poulter who, among other initiatives, has used the discipline in conflict resolution in Belfast.