Three winners at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards 2021
September 17, 2021
Office of the Bishop, Youth and Young Adults, New evangelisation
The 2021 Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) Awards were held via ZOOM after the annual ACPA Conference was cancelled for the second year due to COVID-19 state lockdowns. The awards are an opportunity for Catholic media to celebrate the outstanding contribution organisations make to the Church in Australia.
ACPA President Neil Helmore said, “Catholic media in Australia continues to strive to lift up the Church and celebrate the diversity and mission through dedicated and talented journalists, photographers and designers that make up the Catholic Press.”
Over the past couple of years, and particularly since the COVID outbreak, the Diocese of Wollongong’s communication team and the Office of Renewal and Evangelisation have been focusing their attention in the areas of digital and multimedia communications, and these efforts were rewarded at the ACPA Awards where the diocese took out two major awards and was runner-up in a third category:
WINNER: Best Content – Catechesis & Mission
Catholic Youth Ministry Wollongong – “LIVE Online” Series
Judges’ comments: A professionally produced, well-written series that is most importantly Christ centred and focused on the Gospel. The importance of digital media in the Church’s catechesis and mission can’t be underestimated, especially amid a pandemic that is hampering our ability to gather in person. This entry bridges that gap superbly. Congratulations to Seth Harsh, the CYMW team, ORE, and the diocese’s NET Ministries Team!
Judges’ comments: The website is immediately attractive and engaging to the user. The layout of the home page is particularly impressive as it enables the user to easily scroll through an array of material and resources presented with appealing images and typography. Essential diocesan information is easily accessible via the central navigation menu at the top of each page.
Congratulations to the diocese’s communications team, web partner Digerati Solutionswho assisted with the design and build of the website, and the many people in the Office of the Bishop for their contribution to the creation of the diocesan website.
RUNNER-UP: Best News Content – Multiple Content Producers
Diocese of Wollongong – Celebration of the Feast of St Mary of the Cross
Congratulations go to the Sisters of St Joseph led by Sr Kerry Gardiner RSJ and Sr Monica Barlow RSJ who participated in the video as well our own Bishop Brian and the communications team who put it together. A special congratulations to Peter Gilmore from ORE who expertly edited the video!
The Diocese of Broken Bay’s quarterly, Broken Bay News, took out the top gong at the awards – The Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Trophy – which is awarded to the publication that wins either one of two awards: Best Print Publication or Best Online Publication.
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Our diocesan logo is theologically rich and very succinct. As a hand, it depicts our mission as a diocese and as individuals within the diocese, of bearing (bringing, carrying) Christ’s love to one another and to the world around us. In this, we are the hand of Jesus Christ, and we are offering ourselves to him so that he might work through us.
We can be the bearers of his love only as a response to his call and in the strength of his grace. We are reminded of this in two ways—through the symbol of the dove (the Holy Spirit) also present in the logo, and by the incorporation of the cross that segments the logo. The presence of the cross is a reminder that bearing the love of Christ will inevitably cost us if we live it authentically. However, in the way that the Cross is the portent of redemption and life—an echo of the tree of life in the book of Genesis—so becoming bearers of the love of Christ will also bring us to life.
The four fingers of the hand also represent the four regions of our diocese. The first is bluerepresenting the beautiful water of the Shoalhaven. The second is a blue and green combination representing the waters and escarpment of the Illawarra. The third is greendepicting the hills and plains of the Macarthur. The fourth is dark green illustrating the forests of the Southern Highlands.