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APAC Bulletin of May 2012

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A Mission Statement for the APAC Commission on Communications

(as initiated on 31st October 2005)

The APAC Communications Commission will strive to raise the awareness and appreciation of APAC, 

  • in the Asia-Pacific within and between its member congregations
  • within these member congregations internationally and at their generalate level, and
  • by pro-actively supporting and facilitating the dissemination of news and information about APAC, its member congregations and their ministries in the Asia-Pacific.

 

Interim goals for the Communications APAC Commission on Communications

  1. To help raise awareness of APAC and the ministries of APAC members among their houses in the Asia-Pacific.
  2. To help raise awareness of APAC and the Asia-Pacific ministries of APAC members throughout congregations with APAC membership (i.e., in congregations that also have houses elsewhere in the world)
  3. To promote and facilitate a culture of news and information exchange within APAC member congregations in the Asia-Pacific.
  4. To support the production of APAC communications initiatives. 
  5. To advise the APAC Executive on possible communications and promotional initiatives for APAC.
  6. To assist in any other ways requested by the APAC Executive in accordance with the APAC Statutes.

 

A Change of medium in 2012

The Commission on Communications has in the past been responsible for the publication of the APAC Bulletin, and has for the past six years regularly produced 28-page issues twice a year.

In February 2012, however, the Eleventh Triennial APAC Convention of February 2012 APAC Executive took on board a proposal from the Commission on Communications that it “go electronic.”  The Eleventh Triennial APAC Convention of February 2012 thus proposed: That the Commission on Communications shall work with the Executive Council on the plan to have e-publication.

Consequently, production of the printed APAC Bulletin was halted after the issue of May 2012, and this website, www.apacweb.org has now become the main activity of the Commission on Communications. Beyond the listing of the activities of the association and the member Congregations, the website will offer documents, articles and visual material to study and promote the teachings and spirituality of St Augustine, offering somewhat of a virtual library.

 The network of APAC Correspondents in different APAC member Congregations in various Asia-Pacific nations will henceforth be news gatherers not for a six-monthly printed APAC Bulletin, but for an APAC website that is accessible to its readers twenty-four hours a day!

A Status Report on this APAC website in July 2014 noted that the website then contained eighty-three pages, and that it is regularly being checked for technical faults and is having additional pages added.  

APAC COMMISSION ON COMMUNICATIONS 2012 - 2014

Proposal 2 of the APAC Convention of 2012 stated: “That the Commission on Communication shall work with the Executive Council on the plan to have an e-publication.”

Previously the Commission on Communications has been responsible for the publication of the “APAC Bulletin”, and during 2007 – 2012 regularly produced two 28-page issues each year. Consequently, production of the printed APAC Bulletin was halted after the issue of May 2012, and the website www.apacweb.org became the main activity of the Commission. Beyond the listing of the activities of APAC and its member Congregations, the website offers documents, articles and visual material to study and promote the teachings and spirituality of St Augustine, thereby offering somewhat of an Augustinian library.

In May 2012 the building of the website was allocated a three-month building period so that it might be launched on the feast day of St Augustine on 28 August 2012. The task soon proved more complicated than generally had been anticipated, and the launching in fact did not occur until an impressive full-day APAC gathering took place at La Consolacion College in Manila on 9 March 2013; in other words, the design and construction of the website took not three months but ten months, and had involved numerous regular and lengthy SKYPE videoconferences involving Fr Bernard Holzer (APAC President) and Communications Commission members in the Philippines and Australia..

Visually and structurally, the website was complete when launched, but it still lacked all of the content desired about the APAC member congregations, news reports of the ongoing activities of the various APAC Commissions, and articles of interest about Augustine and his spirituality. Even though by now in 2014 (two years later) the website has seventy-four pages, it is still somewhat undernourished in its content.

Very truly, the first phase of the website was its construction and launching; all it required has been done, thanks to a small number of persons. Of concern now is the second phase in the life of the website, which is the regular uploading of continuing APAC news and additional articles of Augustinian relevance. A website is relatively useless unless it is freshened and expanded with additional materials on a regular basis.

Consequently APACWEB needs contributions of congregational news, APAC news, and Augustinian articles. This requires congregational superiors to respond to repeated invitations either themselves to forward materials for the website to the APAC Secretariat or else to delegate a member of their congregation to do so.

The website stands available as a silent messenger and a day-and-night evangelist. Unless the website is both expanded in volume and viewed by APAC members, it would be difficult to see how the progression from a printed APAC Bulletin to an electronic APAC website www.apacweb.org  has yielded the gains that such a technological advancement obviously offers.
 

 

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