The Australasian Catholic Press Association Annual Conference 2016 will be held at Rydges Sydney Central from 5-7 September. The theme for this year’s conference is Channels of Mercy.
SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER
4pm Early Registration available at Rydges Sydney Central Hotel.
6pm Optional – Dinner at Bar Surry Hills and Italian Kitchen (table booked).
MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER
8.30am Opening Mass
9am Session #1 Voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Acknowledgement to country by Elsie Heiss
Opening address by Malarndirri McCarthy (journalist/presenter at SBS/NITV News)
10am Morning tea
10.30am Session #2: Getting to know you
Get to know your fellow delegates. Facilitated by Anneliese Rohr from Broome Diocese.
11.15am Session #3: Advocating mercy in a land of judgement
Keynote Speaker – Marcelle Mogg, Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Social Services Australia.
12pm Session #4: Sharing stories of mercy
Panel discussion: Margaret Wiseman (prison chaplaincy), Margaret Ng (human trafficking) and Mary Leahy (seafarers’ chaplaincy)
Captain Cook Sydney Harbour excursion
Bus departs 1.30pm from Rydges for 2pm cruise of the Sydney Harbour – departs from Circular Quay – refreshments provided, bar on board.
5pm Return to hotel. Delegates’ own arrangements for dinner.
TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER
9.00 am Launch of 2016/2017 Social Justice Statement
‘A Place at the Table: Social justice in an ageing society’. Keynote address: Rev Dr Kevin McGovern
Emeritus Director, Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
10.15am Morning tea
10.45am Session #5: Catholic media and the Mission of Mercy
Presentations and Q&A with Father Brian Lucas, Catholic Mission; Kirsty Robertson, Mary MacKillop Institute and Paul O’Callaghan, Caritas Australia.
11.45am Session #6: Latest trends in communications
Hear from a panel of leading media professionals about how to communicate effectively in the digital age. Shane Healy, Melbourne Archdiocese, Mark Bowling, Brisbane Archdiocese, and Nicole Clements, Caritas Australia.
12.30 pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3pm Session #7: Walk to Missionaries of Charity convent in Surry Hills to hear Sr Maria Lucy talk about Mother Teresa. 7 minute walk from Rydges Hotel.
5pm Conference Mass at St Mary MacKillop Chapel
Bus departs from hotel at approx. 4pm for annual ACPA Mass in Mary MacKillop Chapel, celebrated by Bishop Anthony Randazzo, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop.
6 –10.30pm Conference Dinner & ACPA Awards for Excellence
Mary MacKillop Place North Sydney – Guest speaker: William McInnes, author and actor
WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER
7.30am Mass (Optional – at St Peter Julian’s Church, (located on George Street, between Goulburn and Hay Streets)
9.30am Annual General Meeting of ACPA 2015
10.30am Morning tea and conclusion
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