Come to the Congress! People working in Catholic communications -- in a parish, a diocese, a religious order, agency or media organisation – are strongly encouraged to attend the 2018 Australian Catholic Communications Congress. The Congress is an opportunity to learn practical media skills, to establish new networks and to be inspired in your work as part of the Catholic Church’s critical mission to speak the truth of the Gospel into the world.
Hosted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Communications Office, the Congress will take place at the Rydges South Bank from September 5-7, 2018. It is the largest regular gathering of Australian Catholic media, diocesan communication professionals, secular journalists and parishioners with 200 delegates attending previous Congresses in 2009, 2012 and 2015. Greg Erlandson, a former Vatican journalist and currently Editor-in-Chief of the US-based Catholic News Service, will deliver a keynote address at the event.
The theme of the 2018 Congress is “Communicating Hope and Trust”, inspired by Pope Francis’s message for World Communications Day 2017. It acknowledges that both hope and trust are in short supply today, including – or especially – when it comes to media and communications. The Congress will examine how those working in the Catholic Church can do their best to restore some hope and trust in the world.