Category Archives: Press Releases

Women’s advocate to give presentation on new media at Catholic Congress

ACU is sponsoring Melinda's presentation
Media Release
15 March, 2012

Canberra writer, commentator and women’s advocate Melinda Tankard Reist will be one of two Australian keynotes presenting at the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012, a congress which will take place between 30 April and 2 May in Sydney.

Melinda Tankard Reist has developed a profile over the last 20 years through her work on issues affecting women and girls, and she will speak on building a grassroots movement using new media on day two of the Congress.

The Australian Catholic Media Congress is held just once every three years at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney and is a project of the Australian Catholic Media Council, through the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

The Congress carries the theme “Communicating the Word: Timeless Messages, New Media” and will focus on how social media can be used to proclaim timeless messages of faith.

Melinda will speak to the 150-strong crowd for an hour on 1 May, focussing on how she has used various types of new media such as Twitter, Facebook and blogging to spread a positive message and challenge advertising standards through movement ‘Collective shout.’ (

Melinda is best known for outspoken stands against the objectification of women, sexualisation of girls, pornography, prostitution, trafficking and violence against women, as well as being one of Australia’s first expressly ‘pro-life feminists’. She also blogs and tweets daily at

Other speakers at the Congress include international keynote and Vatican Official Monsignor Paul Tighe, Secretary to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications; former young Australian of the Year Khoa Do and many others.
Early-Bird registration is $655 and will be available until 30-March, 2012.

All interested in attending the Australian Catholic Media Congress 2012 are encouraged to have a look at the website or contact Beth Doherty on 0407 081 256, 02 6201 9859 or

Catholic Women’s Fellowship relaunches with new flexible structure

Media Release
March 1, 2012

The Catholic Women’s Fellowship will re-launch in 2012 with a new structure, allowing young women to complete a program of theology, spiritual formation, personal development and interfaith dialogue.

The Fellowship is the result of a partnership between the Bishops’ Office for the Participation of Women (OPW), The Broken Bay Institute (BBI), and the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Continue reading

President of Bishops’ Conference expresses delight at appointment of new Perth Archbishop

Media Release
20 February, 2012

President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Archbishop Philip Wilson has expressed his delight at the appointment by the Holy Father of Bishop Timothy Costelloe as Archbishop of Perth.

Bishop Timothy replaces Archbishop Barry Hickey who has led the faithful of the Diocese since 1991.

Archbishop Philip Wilson said today that this was good news not only for the people of Perth, but for the Church in Australia.

“Bishop Timothy Costelloe is a gifted, highly intelligent pastor who has shown consistent leadership in Melbourne where he has been an Auxiliary Bishop over the past five years”, he said

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Families must come first in new school funding model – NCEC responds to Gonski report

Media Release, 20 February, 2012

Commenting at the release today of the much anticipated Gonski Report on Funding for Schooling, the Chair of the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC), Mrs Therese Temby, said that this was just the start of the process, and much work remains to be done.

“This is a major piece of work and a roadmap for a way forward,” Mrs Temby said.

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A mercy sister, a school girl and Kevin Rudd – our three faces to fight poverty


AN AUSTRALIAN Sister of Mercy based in Peru, a Brisbane schoolgirl hit by floods and Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd make up the three faces of Australia’s fight against poverty at this morning’s launch of Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion one of Australia’s largest humanitarian fundraisers. Continue reading

Asylum seeker community support more than reasonable says Catholic Church

Pic: Kym Smith Source: The Daily Telegraph

Media Release
February 17, 2012

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) supports the Government’s efforts to reduce the human cost of prolonged and indefinite detention.

Media reports which criticise the Government for providing asylum seekers released into community detention with up to $10,000 of home furnishings, electrical goods and other financial support has been called misleading and provocative by the ACMRO. Continue reading

Australian Catholic Film Office welcomes R18+ legislation.

Media Release
16 February, 2012

The Australian Catholic Office for Film (ACOFB) and Broadcasting has cautiously welcomed the introduction of legislation which looks to create an R18+ classification for computer games.

Director of the ACOFB, Jesuit priest Fr Richard Leonard said that the submission from the Bishops was very clear that they do not condone the material contained in such games, and that their support would be qualified. Continue reading

Bishops’ Council releases kit for celebration of St Valentine’s Day

Media Release
9 February, 2012

To download the Valentine’s Day Kit 2012, click here!St Valentine Resource 2012

In 2010, the Bishops’ Commission for Pastoral Life through the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council developed a kit devoted to the celebration of St Valentine’s Day for use in parishes.

The third edition of the St Valentine’s Day kit for 2012 is now available for download as a PDF from the Bishops’ Conference website by clicking on the button on the front page. Continue reading

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Names National WYD 2013 Pilgrimage Tour Provider

Media Release
8 February, 2012

In preparation for Australia’s pilgrimage to World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) has named Harvest Pilgrimages as their official Tour Operator for the Conference’s National Pilgrimage of Australian groups attending this universal event.

“I am happy to see Harvest Pilgrimages partner with us again for WYD Rio de Janeiro” said Bishop Christopher Prowse, Bishops Commission for Pastoral Life (BCPL) Delegate for Youth. Continue reading

Reduce the funding gap for Catholic Schools

Media Release, 2 February, 2012

The school funding data in this week’s ROGS Report (Productivity Commission, Report on Government Services 2012, pages 4.33 and 4.34) provides a very interesting statistic.

• Government funding for government schools has increased each year in the period 2005-06 to 2009-10 by an average of 2.7%.

• Government funding for non-government schools has increased over the same period by an annual average of just 0.7%.

NCEC calls on the Commonwealth Government to reduce the operating resources gap in Catholic schools. Continue reading

Bishop Les Tomlinson appointed Bishop of Sandhurst

Media Release, 3 February, Archdiocese of Melbourne

Photo from the Bendigo Advertiser

Pope Benedict XVI announced in Rome today the appointment of Bishop Les Tomlinson D.D., as Bishop of Sandhurst. Bishop Tomlinson is presently the Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He will take up his position as Bishop of Sandhurst on 1 March 2012.

The Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst includes central Victoria and the Goulburn Valley and north-eastern Victoria to the Murray River in the north.
Bishop Tomlinson said he was humbled by the confidence that the Pope has shown in him and that he was delighted to accept the appointment. Bishop Tomlinson was born and raised in Mildura and is no stranger to country life. Continue reading