Sr. Angela Ann: SIGNIS Caribbean Conference a Success

Posted Sept 13, 2016

IPI / VLCFF director, Sr Angela Ann Zukowski has just returned from the annual SIGNIS Caribbean conference, held in Barbados this year. SIGNIS Caribbean, is an association of Caribbean, Catholic media practitioners and professionals, and is intended to provide support and coordination for Catholic media in the Caribbean.

As co-chair, along with Bishop Jason Gordon, Sister Angela Ann worked with delegates from 17 Caribbean nations to create a strategic communications plan for the AEC (Catholic Caribbean Church). The Institute for Pastoral Initiatives / VLCFF is excited to be a key resource for this endeavor. Below, is the official press release of the SIGNIS Caribbean organization.

SIGNIS Press Release

The Diocese of Bridgetown, Barbados hosted the 9th annual general meeting of SIGNIS Caribbean on September 6th – 7th, 2016, at the Living Water Community, St. David’s Village, Christ Church.

SIGNIS Caribbean brings together Catholic Communicators from across the region in a network that seeks to plan and implement communication strategies best suited to the people and cultures of the Caribbean.

The annual general meeting brought together delegates from eleven countries.  The meeting was chaired by the SIGNIS Caribbean President Nuala Menezes.

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, D.Min, former UNDA President and Professor from the University of Dayton (USA), and Most Reverend Charles Jason Gordon, Chair of the Antilles Episcopal Conference’s (AEC) Communications Committee and Bishop of Bridgetown, co-chaired the sessions for beginning the process to implement the AEC’s mandate for designing and setting in motion an “Integrated Pastoral Communications Plan (IPCP)”for the AEC in the Caribbean”.  This is in sync with the 25th Anniversary of the promulgation of “Aetatis Novae”.

In the past year Bishop Gordon and Sr. Zukowski designed the basic elements for implementing the three year strategic plan.   SIGNIS Caribbean plays a significant role for navigating each of the Caribbean Dioceses through the process.  During the two day SIGNIS Caribbean meeting, while addressing specific SIGNIS issues and concerns, the members spent intensive quality time being introduced to the IPCP Process, engaged with praxis Case Studies and affirming each of their commitments for playing a leadership role for introducing and navigating the IPCP process forward across the Caribbean.

Besides designing and implementing a strategic IPCP for the AEC (Catholic Caribbean Church) by 2019, the ten year celebration of SIGNIS Caribbean (2017), a Pastoral Letter on Communications from the AEC (2019), the e-publication of the IPCP Caribbean Process (2019) and strengthening of the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications (CSCC held every August in Trinidad, West Indies) to support the spiritual and professional formation of Catholic communicators throughout the Caribbean region, a new way of being Church in the Caribbean is emerging with fresh energy and religious imagination.