July 3, 2013
Every couple of years, I have the privilege of attending the annual gathering of the Catholic Press Association. It’s always a wonderful opportunity to connect with other diocesan editors, with magazine writers, bloggers and free-lancers to share our ideas and our friendships.
This year’s Catholic Media Conference brought us all to Denver, an area that still seems to glow from Blessed John Paul II’s visit in 1993.
We heard a lot about the ‘new evangelization’ starting with an opening address by the renowned Father Robert Barron, creator the “Catholicism” television series.
We were taken behind the scenes of the papal transition by Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, founder and CEO of Salt and Light Television based in Toronto, who assisted the English-speaking media at the Vatican Press office during that historic time.
And Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, who was scheduled to talk about the Catholic media and the new evangelization, instead spoke on immigration reform, which he called "the most pressing issue that we face in American public life."
Day after day, it was indeed a privilege to listen to some of the “movers and shakers” in the Catholic Church as they discussed their most pressing concerns with us.
The yearly convention also features traditions dear to the hearts of Catholic journalists. Each year we take part in a memorial Mass during which deceased members of the Catholic Press Association are remembered.
This year, the NCC brought home a very nice prize: second place for “Best Coverage of Vocations to the Priesthood, Religious Life or Diaconate.”
It’s always a thrill to hear our name called in a competition with hundreds of papers from the U.S and Canada.
The issue featured the writing of Bishop Terry LaValley, Father Bryan Stitt, Kristina Dean, Kelly Donnelly, Ryan Grant and Deacon Scott Belina.
This is what the judges had to say: “This special section of many stories provides an encompassing understanding of vocations from many angles. Many personal stories, well told in a variety of formats, engage the reader.”
Hooray for our writers... hooray for the NCC!