Catholic Media Conference

Mark you calendars and make  plans to attend the 2015 Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, NY.

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The Catholic Academy is the preeminent networking source for communication professionals serving the Catholic Church with professional development, mentoring, education, best practices and leadership.
To our members we offer:

  • Annual conference together with the Catholic Press Association and the USCCB
  • Issue driven conference calls on current challenges in the Catholic Church
  • A network of resources provided by fellow Communication Directors in dioceses, religious orders and publications


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Gabriel Awards

Judging for the Gabriel Awards is scheduled to end in early April. Winners will be announced during the month. Plan to attend the Gabriel Awards at the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo.

Gut Check Time

March 23, 2015


Dear Catholic Academy member,


My first duty upon stepping into the role of President of the Academy has been to thank our immediate past president Sally Oberski and to wish her well in her career. Sally provided over a decade of faithful service to the Academy and I personally learned a lot from her leadership.


My next duty was to take a sounding of our organization, starting with the board of directors. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with each member of the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals board.


I am pleased to report to you I found a lot of enthusiasm to engage in activities that will enhance the professional development that the CA should offer its members.  Many of these ideas are in the early stages and you will be hearing more about them in the coming months. 


One thing that I am very excited about is the plan to bring regular webinars to the CA membership. Brian Finnerty of Opus Dei and Michelle Johnson of EWTN are heading this effort. At least one of these webinars will explore the upcoming Papal visit and what we as CA members can do to bring the messages of the Holy Father to the audiences we serve.  Details and other topics are coming soon.


What are you thoughts on the Catholic Academy? What should it be doing for the members? I would love to hear from you, either at the email address below or by phone.  I can be reached at 704.370.3336.


One need that was identified through these calls is for additional CA members to step into roles on the board. Because of resignations and retirements there will be at least three openings. If you have an interest in serving on the board or if you have an idea for a webinar please contact me by phone or email:

Lot of great stuff is happening. Stay tuned.


David Hains

President, The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals

Director of Communication, Diocese of Charlotte, NC

And the winners are!

Congratulations to the 2014 Gabriel Award Winners

Many thanks to all entrants and to the judges for selected the most best of the best.

Roma Downey - Personal Acheivement Winner

Actress/producer Roma Downey accepts the Catholic Academy 2014 Personal Achievement Award, via video, at the 2014 Gabriel Awards in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Congratulations Roma!

Who We Are

The Catholic Academy is the U.S. affiliate of SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communication, a Vatican-approved organization for communication professionals serving the Catholic Church.The Academy consists of hundreds of members representing dozens of dioceses and religious organizations in the US.  Our members include communication directors, writers, IT professionals, photographers, filmmakers, performers, video and audio producers, and various other artisans, technicians and executives. 

The Academy reaches out to secular media through the annual Gabriel Awards, recognizing the best in uplifting broadcasting and film.

Catholic Academy Members at the CMC in Denver

From left, Kathie Sass, John Kearns, Joe Aponick, Mark Hite,

David Hains, Sally Oberski


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2014 President's Medallion and Clarion Award

Mary Ross Agosta, received the 2014 President's Medallion. This is  the Catholic Academy’s highest membership honor which recognizes lifetime achievement and service. Mary has been the Communications Director for the Archdiocese of Miami for 27 years.

Scot Landry, received the 2014 Clarion Award at the CMC this year for his impressive body of work in Catholic communications. Scot is a Catholic executive who has led numerous organizations including Catholic Voices USA, iCatholic Media, The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston Catholic Conferences. He now provides executive recruiting, consulting and coaching services to Catholic organizations and leaders.

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