20 Feb

Family publication The Majellan a clear beacon at Catholic Press Awards

Australian Redemptorist publication The Majellan has taken home the top gong at the 2022 Australasian Catholic Press Association awards. 

The national family publication, which started in the late 1940’s and also publishes digital content via its website, received the Bishop Kennedy Award for Overall Excellence in a Catholic Publication at the Australasian Catholic Press Association Annual Awards Dinner on Thursday 8 September, at the Sheraton Hotel, Melbourne. 

More than 60 Catholic media and communications professionals gathered for the occasion, and for the association’s annual conference and awards dinner which took place this week, culminating in Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Melbourne Archbishop Peter A Comensoli. 

This year’s theme of the Conference 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”. 

2022 was the first conference for ACPA, following two years of cancellations caused by COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions. 

The awards, which are held annually, recognise excellence in Catholic magazines, newspapers and digital publications across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. 

The Majellan won the major prize, the Bishop Kennedy Award, as well as Best Content – Multiple Content Producers, Best Layout and Design – Website, Best Use of Digital Media and Best Print Publication. 

Jesuit Publication Eureka Street was awarded Best Online Publication, with Good Samaritan Sisters publication The Good Oil taking out the Highly Commended. 

Judges for awards highlighted that The Majellan remains faithful to Catholic teachings and provides a clear beacon for families dealing with the pressures and stresses of modern day family life. 

ACPA President Neil Helmore from the Diocese of Townsville, congratulated Majellan Media CEO Tony Biviano and Editor David Ahearn for their 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. 

“I congratulate and thank all ACPA members who came together for this special occasion, to learn and grow with each other in faith, particularly after two years of cancelled conferences because of COVID,” he said. 


Full list of winners 

Best News Content 

Winner – The Catholic Leader 

Highly Commended – Melbourne Catholic 

Best Feature Content 

Winner – The Catholic Weekly 

Highly Commended #1 – Columban Missions 

Highly Commended #2 – The Southern Cross 

Best Editorial, Column or Blog 

Winner – NZ Catholic 

Highly Commended – Wel-com 

Best Headline 

Winner – Catholic Outlook 

Highly Commended – Marist Messenger 

Best Content – Climate and Environment 

Winner – Aurora, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 

Highly Commended – Catholic Outlook, Diocese of Parramatta 

Best Content – Social Justice 

Winner – Australian Catholics 

Highly Commended – Melbourne Catholic 

Best Content – Education 

Winner – Kete Korero 

Highly Commended – The Cross Roads, Ballajura Parish 

Best Content – Catechesis & Mission 

Winner – Church Alive 

Highly Commended – The Catholic Leader 

Best Content – Faith and Life 

Winner – Horizons, Diocese of Toowoomba 

Highly Commended – Divine Word Missionaries 

Best Content – Ecumenical/Interfaith 

Winner – The Southern Cross 

Highly Commended – Catholic Outlook 

Best News Content – Multiple Authors 

Winner – The Majellan 

Highly Commended – Melbourne Catholic 

Best Feature Content – Multiple Authors 

Winner – Madonna Magazine 

Highly Commended – Diocese of Parramatta/Catholic Outlook 

Best Original Photograph 

Winner – The Catholic Weekly, Giovanni Portelli 

Highly Commended – Aurora, Callum Howard 

Best Original Artwork 

Winner – Australian Catholics 

Highly Commended – Kete Korero 

Best Front Page – Print or Online 

Winner – Aurora, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 

Highly Commended – Salesians PNG 

Best Layout and Design – Website 

Winner – The Majellan 

Highly Commended – Australian Catholics 

Best Layout and Design – Publication 

Winner – Columban Missions 

Highly Commended – Aurora, Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle 

Most Improved Publication 

Winner – Kete Korero 

Highly Commended – Columban Missions 

Best use of Electronic Media 

Winner – Mass for you at Home (Diocese of Wollongong) 

Highly Commended – The Majellan 

Best Advertising Feature / Supplement 

Winner – NZ Catholic 

Highly Commended – Wel-Com 

Best Online Publication 

Winner – Eureka Street 

Highly Commended – The Good Oil 

Best Print Publication 

Winner – The Majellan 

Highly Commended – Tui Motu 

Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence in a Catholic Publication 

Winner – The Majellan