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The ACPA executive at the 2022 conference in Melbourne (from left) Neil Helmore Jamie O’Brien, Fiona Basile, Mary Brazell and Michael Otto (ACPA/Jamie O’Brien)

“Speaking with the Heart, the Truth in Love” is the theme for this year’s Australasian Catholic Press Association conference, to take place in Perth on September 6-7.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ 2023 World Communications Day Message and taken from St Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians (Eph 4:15), the conference is open to all Catholic communications professionals in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, with member and non-member rates available for the first time.

ACPA president and Townsville Diocese communications media manager Neil Helmore said the conference is this year looking to increase the knowledge of Catholic communications professionals and how they can listen, speak, and communicate with heart.

“As Pope Francis has said, proposing, not imposing ourselves, opening our hearts and minds to understand the profound meaning of what has happened, and to tell that story in the creative ways that we do,” Mr Helmore said.

“The conference is always an insightful opportunity to come together with like-minded professionals as we walk together in the journey of announcing the gospel as best we can,” he said.

“The theme this year will most definitely help us come together and grow in our discernment with a number of speakers already locked in that provide guidance and insight into building our skills as communications professionals,” he said.

The conference will be held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Scarborough, and will include a tour of the Swan Valley, as well as conference Mass at Perth’s St Mary’s Cathedral. The conference will conclude with the annual ACPA Awards Dinner at The Westin, Perth.

“We look forward to gathering together as Catholic communicators, as colleagues and as missionary disciples charged with spreading the Good News with truth and love,” Mr Helmore concluded.

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Australasian Catholic Press Association announces 2023 Conference and theme (ACPA)