Nearly 200 communications and media delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and PNG gathered in Sydney for three days, 4 – 6 May, for the 2015 Australian Catholic Communications Congress. The theme of the congress is ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Mt 12:34). A number of bishops were present at this congress including the President of the Australian Catholic Media Council, Bishop Peter Ingham of Wollongong Diocese.
The Australian Salesian Provincial Delegate for Social Communications, Fr Will Matthews SDB, also attended the congress.
Bishop Peter Ingham officially opened the congress on Monday 4th May and lit the Easter Candle signifying the presence of the risen Lord among the delegates.
A number of keynote speakers presented various media topics including the use of Social media, keeping up-to-date with the current media trend, the Royal Commission, the examples set by Pope Francis and the courage in spreading the Good News through media.
Some workshops were held throughout the congress including the contemporary ethical issues, how to write media releases, doing a five-minute digital photo story, and working with families, refugees and migrants.
The congress was so blessed to have had an international guest Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Archbishop Celli delivered a keynote address on the second day of the congress.
On Tuesday evening, Archbishop Celli led the Eucharist concelebrated by a number of bishops and priests at St Mary’s Catholic church in North Sydney. It was attended by all media delegates, a number of prominent guests, and friends and sponsors of the Catholic communications. Congress dinner followed the Eucharist. Robyn Moore the Australia’s most in demand female speaker, entertained the guests through humour and intelligence in her presentation. Robyn marveled everyone with her charm.
The congress concluded on Wednesday afternoon with a final prayer and blessing from Bishop Ingham. Bishop Ingham has been the president of the Australian Catholic Media Council for nine years. He retires from this position this year.
This congress is held every three years under the direction of the Australian Catholic Media Council, an agency of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.