The Archdiocese of Cape Coast Department of Social Communications (DEPSOCOM) is an organ of liaison that facilitates the collaboration among parishes, rectories and institutions of the Archdiocese through an effective information sharing process. It collects and disseminates information on the mission of the church and on the total lives of the people for their growth and development.
Our vision is “To reach every home (and corner) and touch every life with the message of Jesus Christ”.
Our goal is to inform and transform people with the liberating message of the gospel thereby contributing to their spiritual and material upliftment.
Our mission is to promote the gospel values of the message of Jesus Christ through the appropriate use of the means of social communication for the efficient and effective evangelization of the human person and society.
COMPOSITION OF THE OFFICE
MAIN ROLES OF THE ARCHDIOCESAN COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
- The establishment of effective channels of communication within the Diocese and among other Dioceses in the country.
- To keep the people informed about the activities of the church by making them aware of pastoral and catechetical guidelines of the church.
- To bring the teachings of Christ and doctrines of the Church to the doorstep of the Christ’s faithful and society.
- To send news and information about what is happening in the Diocese to the National Communications office.
The department has three main sections namely; Press and information, Radio/Television and Audio-Visual segments.
PRESS AND INFORMATION
This segment of the department deals directly with the printing concerns of the Archdiocese. It gathers and receives information from within and beyond the diocese on evangelization, mission and needs of the Church. It publishes the “Catholic Voice”, a diocesan monthly magazine, which informs and educates the Faithful on biblical, theological, pastoral, catechetical, social and other issues.
This section of the department directs the Radio Evangelization Programme (REP) of the Archdiocese. It plans and coordinates the Church’s involvement in the use of the radio and television as a means of evangelization.
The audio-visual segment of the office deals with the audio-visual production and documentation of programmes.
CHANNELS/TOOLS FOR CARRYING OUT THE ROLES
The office carries out the above- mentioned vision and stipulated roles through the following channels:
- Diocesan Magazine : The Archdiocesan communications office produces a monthly magazine known as the “The Catholic Voice”. This remains the official mouthpiece of the diocese in getting information across to all segments of the diocese. It includes issues on scripture, theology, pastoral ministry and catechetics.
- Radio Evangelization Programme : The Archdiocese of Cape Coast is actively involved in “Radio Evangelism”. Through such programmes many people are reached with the gospel of Christ. The deposit of faith as handed on by the Apostles is transmitted to the people of God. Currently there are eight different programmes on six radio stations in the Archdiocese of Cape Coast.
- Documentation : The office documents all the important events of the Archdiocese in print and electronic forms. This also includes keeping photo albums on all major events of the Archdiocese
- Education/Formation Programmes : The office is involved in the formation of groups and societies in the Church to equip them with the basic tools in communication in order to make them effective evangelisers and communicators.
The Church is “called” and “sent” by her founder to go out into the whole world and proclaim the Good news (Matt 28:20,John15:16). It is incumbent on her to look for the most appropriate and efficient ways of carrying out this responsibility. The Communications Office has been set up for this purpose, namely; to explore the use of the means of social communication to pursue this divine command.