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Event Details

Australian Catholic Communications Congress

Title of Event

Missionary message for the modern world.


28-30 August 2024


Rydges North Sydney


Sponsors and Organisers
Lots of masterclass sessions on effective sharing of the Gospel!
Social Media
Websites that Work
Video Production Essentials
How to Publish a Book
Media Mindfulness
Australian Media Landscape
Strategic Planning
Creatives Unleashed
Newsletters that Work
Government Advocacy
AI Basics and Ethics
Advanced AI
Advanced Video Production
Creative Communications Planning
Building Community through Photography

Keynote Speaker

Meet Sr Rose Pacatte

Sr Rose Pacatte

Pauline Center for Media Studies, Los Angeles

Sr Rose will explore the transformative potential and challenges of Catholic communication in the digital era with insights from Catholic teaching, Pope Francis, and Catholic Social Teaching.

Discover strategies for fostering authentic dialogue, navigating online pitfalls, and building bridges in the digital landscape. Join us to break the silence and proclaim the Good News in freedom and faith to embrace our role as digital evangelizers.

Pauline sister Rose Pacatte, FSP, MEd., D.Min., is the founding director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies (PCMS) in Los Angeles, CA, and currently heads the Center’s international office in Rome. Rose is a media literacy education specialist and an award-winning film critic and co-authored five books in the Lights, Camera, Faith series on film and scripture (Pauline Books & Media) with Australian priest Peter Malone, MSH.

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Congress Schedule

August 28, Wednesday

Day One

8.00 am

Congress Registration

9.00 am

Welcome to Congress and Housekeeping

9.15 am

Opening Prayer

9.25 am

Keynote 1
Sr Rose Pacatte
"Breaking the Silence: The Power and Pitfalls of Catholic Communication in the Digital Landscape"
⇢ Keynote details

10:25 am

Q&A Panel Session

10:45 am

Morning Tea

11:15 am

Keynote 2
Bishop Richard Umbers
"Eucharistic Congress"
⇢ Keynote details

12:05 pm

Q&A Panel Session

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

Masterclass 1
1A Advertising Essentials
1B Websites that work
1C Video Production
1D How to Publish a Book
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2:45 pm

Masterclass 2
2A Media Mindfulness and Catholic Journalism
2B Websites that work
2C Australian Media Landscape
2D Strategic Planning
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4:30 pm


6:30 pm

ACPA Awards Cocktail Function
(ACPA members only)

August 29, Thursday

Day Two

9.00 am


9.10 am

Welcome back and notices

9:15 am

Keynote 3
Paul Osborne
"The ABC of Artificial Intelligence"
⇢ Keynote details

10:10 am

Q&A Panel Session
Sr Rose Pacatte
Paul Osborne
Tom Finnigan

10:30 am

Morning Tea

11:00 am

Keynote 4
Adrian Cropley
Creativity with Heart
⇢ Keynote details

11:20 am

Q&A Panel Session

11:40 am


12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Masterclass 3
3A Creatives Unleashed
3B Newsletters that work
3C Government Advocacy
3D AI Basics and Ethics
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2:00 pm

Afternoon Tea

2:30 pm

Masterclass 4
4A Advanced AI
4B Advanced Video Production
4C Creative Communications Planning
4D Photography
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3:30 pm


4:30 pm

Bus to CBD

5:30 pm

Conference Mass
St Mary's Cathedral
Archbishop Anthony Fisher

6:30 for 7:00 pm

Conference Dinner
NSW Parliament
Peter Greste
⇢ About the speaker

August 30, Friday

Day Three

9.00 am


9.08 am

Welcome back and notices

9.10 am

Keynote 5
Kirsty Robertson
"Mission, Social Justice and Communication"
⇢ Keynote details

10:15 am

Q&A Panel Session
Kirsty Robinson
Lawrence Gigliotti

11:00 am

Morning Tea

11:30 am

Keynote 6
Fr Sam French
"Reaching young audiences"
⇢ Keynote details

12:15 pm

Congress Close & Final Blessing


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Rydges North Sydney

About the venue

Located at the heart of North Sydney's bustling business district, Rydges North Sydney North Sydney is perfectly positioned for easy connections. Only 15 kilometres from Sydney Airport and over the iconic Harbour Bridge to Sydney CBD, Rydges North Sydney offers easy access to numerous local attractions, including Taronga Zoo and Luna Park.

Rydges North Sydney North Sydney offers a range of thoughtful amenities to complement your stay. Take advantage of our on-site parking, 24-hour reception and laundry service. Purpose-built function venues can host up to 250 people for successful meetings and events, or stylish weddings.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Congress?

The Australian Catholic Communications Congress is an event held every three years to bring together Catholics for a formation experience, to discuss and learn about media and communications.

Where is it being held?

The 2024 Congress is being held at the Rydges North Sydney.

What are the dates for the Congress?

The Congress will run from August 28 to 30, 2024.

Where can I stay?

There are lots of places to stay in North Sydney.

We've put together a list of accommodations that you might find appealing:

How do I get to North Sydney?

Sydney domestic airport is 15km south of the venue.

North Sydney train station is 800 metres from the venue.

There is car parking available at the Rydges North Sydney and other accommodation, which can be booked ahead of time.

Do I have to be working in the media or communications to attend?

No. This event will offer a broad range of experiences which we hope will be of interest for volunteers involved in parish newsletters and social media, as well as communications professionals seeking to upgrade their skills and network with colleagues.

Do I have to attend every day?

There is one flat-rate registration fee for the Congress, but you are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions.

What are the arrangements for the Congress dinner?

The Congress dinner will be held at the NSW Parliament on August 29. The dress code is business attire. There will be a Mass at St Mary's Cathedral at 5.30pm followed by drinks at the NSW Parliament from 6.30pm and dinner at 7pm. Guest speaker will be journalist Peter Greste.

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