Hope&Joy Communication and Culture program begins!

Hi everyone!

I am so happy to be here in South Africa again, to be part of a two-year program to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Second Vatican Council. I will only be here for a month, however!

Please visit my blog at the National Catholic Reporter for updates.


Media Literacy Certificate Class at Sony Studios


Students from Chicago, Philadelphia, Delaware, Singapore, Dallas, Rome, Orange County enjoyed the 2 1/2 walking tour of Sony Studios right down the street from the PCMS.

It was an excellent, intense, and full week. But I think I can say that a good time was had by all…. and we all learned so much. Blessings to all those who made this week possible for us!

Pauline Center for Media Studies announces summer media programs


Participants in the 2008 Advanced Certificate in Media Literacy Program tour Sony Studios in Culver City to experience a working studio.

Participants in the 2008 Advanced Certificate in Media Literacy Program tour Sony Studios in Culver City to experience a working studio.

Culver City – The Pauline Center for Media Studies has announced a variety of events scheduled for July and August, 2009. All events will take place at the Center located at 3908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230.

“These courses and events have academic, pastoral and spirituality dimensions”  said Sister Rose Pacatte, MEd in Media Studies, director of the Pauline Center.  “Each one offers a unique opportunity for training and experience in ways to engage in both critical and pastoral ways with our media culture.”

The Advanced Certificate Course in Media Literacy runs from July 19-25. The certificate is recognized by the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco and the Dioceses of Orange and San Diego as a catechist specialization.  Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM a media and faith formation specialist and Nick Pernisco, instructor in communications and media literacy education of Santa Monica College, will be among the presenters.

Dr. Khanh Bui of Pepperdine University and a catechist at Our Lady of Malibu Parish said of the Advanced Certificate Course in Media Literacy: “I am so grateful that I attended your summer workshop on media literacy.  The training that I received there has transformed the way I teach for the better.  More specifically, students consistently comment favorably on my PowerPoint presentations, which embed short and appropriate YouTube videos, illustrative images, impactful pictures, current graphs, audio recordings, and more.  It was your workshop that convinced me of the power and effectiveness of PowerPoint presentations when they are prepared appropriately.”

Participants this year are coming from across the United States and Singapore.

The deadline for registration for the week-long media literacy course is July 5. Spaces are limited.

The National Film Retreat, now in its 10th year, will take place from July 31-August 2. “The focus of the retreat is a meaningful way to conclude the Year of St. Paul,” explained Sr. Hosea M. Rupprecht, an associate at the Pauline Center. “We have chosen four great themes of St. Paul to frame the retreat: the encounter with God, transformation, life as participation, Christ as head of all creation.”  The tentative slate of films includes Pulp Fiction, Wall-e, Contact, The Price of Sugar, and Joe vs. the VolcanoSpaces are limited. The deadline for registration is July 20. 

 Cinema Divina: Shared Praxis and Prayer is a course of the Graduate Theological Institute Program offered by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, will be the instructor. This course will run from 1pm-4pm, August 10-14 and can be taken for graduate credit or it can be audited. For more information and to register for this event only, please contact Sr. Rita J. Stuckey, I.H.M., D. Min., at (213) 637-7275 or at srrjstuckey@la-archdiocese.org.

The Movie Bible Nights will take place as scheduled on Saturday, July 11 (The Magnificent Seven) and Saturday, August 8 (Alive!) beginning promptly at 6:30pm. No registration is required for the movie Bible nights.

Cinema Divina: Shared Praxis and Prayer Course (Summer with the Benedicts)





Developing New Ways of

Appreciating Catholic Culture

Through and with Popular Film




Cinema Divina: Shared Praxis and Prayer


Sister Rose Pacatte, F.S.P

Dates :



August 10 – 14, 2009





Monday through Friday 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Location: 3908 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230

Pauline Center for Media Studies


Credit through the Graduate Theological Foundation: $500

For personal enrichment: $100

Using the ancient practice of Lectio Divina as a point of departure, the

course will consider cinema and its culture as opportunities to encounter God in

everyday life. Lectio Divina will form the framework for developing new ways of

seeing, understanding, growing in faith and teaching with and through popular film.

In addition the course will explore cinema history, culture, influence and practical

skills about 1) how to read a film 2) ways to develop criteria for judging movies and

3) how to integrate popular film, media literacy and values as part of intergenerational


 Syllabus: See www.SisterRose.WordPress.com

This couse is part of:

Summer with the Benedicts… Join in the work of creating a Catholic culture. June 15, 2009 through August 28, 2009.  The International Institute of Tribunal Studies, in collaboration with the Angelicum in Rome, Italy, and the Graduate Theological Foundation in Indiana, is offering “Summer with the Benedicts,” a collection of classes over the summer that can be taken toward degrees, as well as for personal enrichment. Set in the Italian-style villa of Immaculate Heart Retreat House in the Los Feliz Hills of Los Angeles, the lectures will be physically relaxing, spiritually enriching and intellectually stimulating.   Classes are one to two weeks in length and include:  Latin, Italian, Psychology, Ecumenism, Canon Law, Annulment Ministry, Business Administration, and Film.  Tuition varies by course. For the brochure of courses and fees, please click: http://archdiocese.la/news/pdf/news_1086_SummerWithTheBenedicts2009.pdf . For more information, please contact Sr. Rita J. Stuckey, I.H.M., D. Min., at (213) 637-7275 or at srrjstuckey@la-archdiocese.org

Teaching Media Literacy Education via SKYPE!

Virtual learning: teaching media literacy via SKYPE!

Virtual learning: teaching media literacy via SKYPE!

I had the honor of being a “Virtual Guest Lecturer (via Skype) for Dr. Stephanie Flores-Khoulish’s class RE 601 Media Literacy Education” at Loyola College in Baltimore this past Saturday morning. This is the third time I have done this kind of distance teaching/learning and I recommend it! Thanks, Steph, to you and your students, for this opportunity.

What is the Big Idea? Bobette Buster lecture series




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‘What’s the Big Idea?’ covers the foundations of a good screenplay, the actual writing process and what it takes to turn vision into film, making good scripts truly great.


Pay $600 for the entire course or pay $250 for a weekend segment.


Topics to be covered in each segment include:


Weekend 1:  March 21/22 – Cinema Language 101:  Learn what Coppola, Kurasawa, Spielberg and Lucas figured out:  the roots to their success began with discovering the unique cinema language for each story.


Weekend 2: March 28/29 –  Weekend 2 – Advanced Story Physics & Sound Design: Cinema is the orchestration of emotions.  Learn how the master film storytellers create complex chords of feelings while creating clarity of insight.


Weekend 3 : April 4/5 –  The Future of Cinematic Storytelling:  How Fractured Narrative Works.  And Understanding Hollywood Economics and Target Audience:  how to create smart scripts that connect with the right audience. 


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