Catholic journalists honed their skills Wednesday at the first day of Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis, with master camps on topics such as boosting design skills and using video in multimedia storytelling.
The big event of the day, however, was the opening dinner featuring Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia, who spoke on the issues of religious freedom, the importance of engaging youth adults in the Faith and the state of affairs in his archdiocese. In his address, the archbishop reminded the communications professionals in attendance that liberty and happiness "grow from virtue, and virtue is grounded in religious faith."
He also pointed out that religious freedom is "an empty shell" if we don't take our faith seriously and that Catholics have been "complicit in a dullness in religious life" that has allowed those freedoms to be eroded.
The dinner was hosted by Our Sunday Visitor to celebrate our centennial. In his opening address, OSV President Greg Erlandson pointed out that the anniversary is an opportunity to show gratitude and rededicate ourselves to the mission laid out for us by founder Bishop John F. Noll "to serve the Church."
|Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia addresses the Catholic|
Media Conference on Wednesday in Indianapolis.
|Catholic journalists socialize before the opening dinner at|
the Catholic Media Conference.