Sahitya Sangeet Academy) was established in 1992, in honor of James
Alberione, who streaked across the horizon of mass media like a meteor,
blazing an amazing trail, during the last century. It has rendered a great
service especially to the youth by encouraging them to discover and
develop their talents in the field of literature and music.
In the new millennium,
which is obviously the millennium of Internet and Website, ASSA has felt
the urgent need to motivate creative writers to read the signs of the time
and contribute to the whole humanity through creative writing, drama,
music and other social awareness programs.
Alberione - a
wonderful role model
How can one
visualize the blossoming tree without thinking of the roots that have
nourished it? Whenever we think of ASSA
the magnetic personality of Alberione invariably zooms into our minds eye.
He is a perennial and dynamic source of inspiration to all those who are
involved in the mass media. All the members of ASSA
must know at least something about his life, achievements and
contributions to the humanity. Here is that ‘something’ in a nut
He was born on April
4, l884, in “San Lorenzo Di Fossano” in North Italy, in a poor family.
During his childhood he was very frail and often sick. He did not show
then any outstanding qualities too. But one thing he had - a great desire,
yes, a burning passion, to do something for God and His people.
He was fascinated by
the power and influence of the modern means of social communications such
as press, cinema, radio, television, etc., to promote human welfare. At
the same time, he was deeply pained to see these powerful means being used
by people with vested interests, to corrupt human minds. During the night
long prayer on December 31,1900, he was inspired to start something new.
The inspiration he gained during that silent night of prayer, made him to
think in terms of having a large army of media persons to fight against
bad press with good press, bad movies with good movies, sub-standard radio
and television programs with value-based programs, in a dynamic and
uncompromising manner to make the world a better place to inhabit.
His dream became a
reality with the founding of five religious congregations and four secular
institutes and the Pauline cooperators. These ten organizations together
are called the Pauline Family whose members tirelessly work
together with mutual understanding and cooperation. During his lifetime,
Alberione had the unique privilege of seeing several thousands of men and
women of the Pauline Family members working in 40 different countries to
make this world a better place.
The Society of St Paul
is one of these organizations exclusively for men religious which is now
known as St Pauls, to the rest of the world. In India, St Pauls is well
known through its various dynamic activities like St Paul Publications,
Better Yourself Books, St Paul Periodicals (The Teenager, The
Inspirational Quote, The Sunday Liturgy, The Prabhu Ka Din, and The Petrus),
St Paul communications, St Paul Audio-Visuals, and St Paul Mobile Units.
Among the other organizations, The Daughters of St Paul and the Sister
Disciples of the Divine Master are also largely represented in India.
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