Faithful to families

The Majellan magazine has won the Bishop Kennedy Award for Overall Excellence in a Catholic Publication at the 2022 Australasian Catholic Press Association Awards (ACPA).

It is the major prize awarded annually to a Catholic publication in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.


The Majellan also won three other categories: Best Print Publication; Best Content – Multiple Content Producers; and Best Layout and Design (Website). We were also Highly Commended in the Best Use of Digital Media category.


The awards were announced at a dinner at the Sheraton Hotel in Melbourne in early September. The conference theme focused on the words of Pope Francis from his 2021 World Day of Communications message, ‘Witnesses of the Truth, to go, to see, to share’.


The judges said, “The Majellan remains faithful to Catholic teachings and provides a clear beacon for families dealing with the pressures and stresses of modern-day life.”


ACPA President Neil Helmore congratulated The Majellan for its dedication and commitment. “As Catholic media, our role is to ensure we announce the good news of our faith, and The Majellan is a prime example of how this most important task is fulfilled in our digital era,” Mr Helmore said.


Majellan CEO Tony Biviano paid tribute to the Majellan team. “To be acknowledged by our Catholic peers in such a way is a huge honour. It has been a great team effort so thank you to everyone at Majellan for their ongoing work.”


Editor David Ahern said it was a big thrill to win the awards. “The Majellan has been helping families for more than 70 years. We want families to be the best that they can be and if we can continue to assist families with their everyday issues then that’s reward in itself,” he said. “I’d also like to thank the talented writers who contribute to the magazine each issue.”


Southern Cross (Adelaide) editor Jenny Brinkworth was awarded ACPA life membership for her service while her article titled ‘Gizi’s story – a flicker of light in the darkness’ won Best Content for the Interfaith/Ecumenical category.

It was the first ACPA conference in three years because of the COVID pandemic. More than 60 Catholic media and communications professionals gathered for the conference which was held at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne.


Presenters included author and journalist Greg Sheridan who shared his experiences as a journalist. Two other journalists also presented, The Tablet’s Christopher Lamb and Junno Arocho Esteves from Catholic News Service.


Image top: Tony Biviano (left) and David Ahern.


Bottom Image: Archbishop of Melbourne Peter Comensoli with Mr Biviano,  Mr Ahern and Neil Helmore, ACPA president.


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