#Lovemakesaway at Catholic Communications Congress in May

Brigidine Sister and refugee advocate Sister Jane Keogh CSB will be a keynote speaker at the Australian Catholic Communications Congress, an event held once every three years.

The theme of the Congress is: What is our voice? ‘Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ (Mt 12:34). It will be held from the 4 – 6 May at the Rydges Hotel in North Sydney.

Early-bird registration is open until 2 April at whatisourvoice.org.au.

Organised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC), the Congress brings together professionals working in the media, education, communications, health, welfare, justice, and other church-based fields.

Aimed at professional development, networking and fellowship, the Congress will draw up to 200 people together, including religious, bishops and priests, lay people, and anyone interested in furthering their understanding of how the Church can communicate its message and tell her story.

Sister Jane Keogh

Sister Jane Keogh

Speaking to the ACBC in advance of the Congress, Sister Jane said she was thrilled to be invited to speak at the Congress, and is passionate about the theme:

“I really love the theme of the Congress, because for me, that scripture ‘out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks’ is really what I have tried to do in my life; to listen to that voice and speak for justice,” she said.

Sister Jane Keogh speaks from a grassroots position of advocacy. Addressing the Congress, Sister Jane will share her experiences about #lovemakesaway, a movement bringing Christians together around asylum seeker advocacy, which included a successful social media campaign.

The Congress program includes workshops on everything from sharing the Church’s message with young people, digital media production, photography and sessions on social media.

A series of hot button issues will be debated with small group discussions on the family, euthanasia, religious tolerance, the environment and overseas aid.

The event will provide opportunities for people to learn new ways of communicating and provide professional development for people working in a wide range of areas.

Other speakers at the Congress include President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, Martyn Frost (Red Jet pictures), Debra Vermeer (freelance journalist working with Catholic media), Lyall Mercer (Mercer PR), Michael McVeigh (Editor of Australian Catholics) and journalists from the ABC Religion and Ethics team.

To view the Congress program and speakers, please visit the website: whatisourvoice.org.au

For media enquiries or more information about the Australian Catholic Communications Congress, please contact Aoife Connors on 0450 348 597 or media@catholic.org.au