April 13, 2020

I just reread Pam Aleman’s blog post from last month. She is celebrating 10 years of membership with ARCCC and four years as president. It made me smile: I remember all too well the first time she showed up at one of our conferences. That, as café-owner Rick said in Ca...

March 12, 2020

As my term as President of ARCCC comes to an end, I reflect on the impact and meaningful experiences that this organization has had in my professional career, and in my personal life.

ARCCC holds a very special place in my heart.  I will never forget my first experience...

November 22, 2018

With apologies to media critic Marshall McLuhan, Grandin Media is the medium with a message.

We’re an ambitious online Catholic news website focusing on news, events and issues from and about the Archdiocese of Edmonton, as well as across Canada and around the world.

Our...

One of the biggest challenges working in Catholic communications is overcoming hostility towards (and from) secular media. We can’t really live without them, but it is always tempting to act as if we can.

I have worked in Catholic media for 23 years and before that for...

As Catholics, we believe in truth with a capital T. We believe there is an overarching true story about the universe and our place in it, revealed to us by Jesus Christ and the Prophets, through Scripture and the teachings of the Church. This is an immense comfort and...

Working in a Catholic environment was a whole new world to me, which is why I am thankful for professional development opportunities such as the Catholic Media Conference (CMC). The CMC offers various sessions that help attendees fine-tune their skills in areas such as...

St. Francis de Sales. Image from here

January 24 is the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of Catholic writers, the Catholic press and journalists. It is also the day when the pope releases his annual message for the World Communications Day.

For Catholic comm...

My career in journalism began at the Western Catholic Reporter one memorable summer a long time ago. Some thoughts on the news that the paper is closing:

I was 18 and had just finished my first year of a two-year journalism program at what was then Grant McEwan Communit...

Two recent announcements from the Vatican and the Canadian bishops have underlined the new emphasis on engaging Catholic laity in the global mission of the Church.

On Sept. 23, the Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released the pasto...

When people talk about the state of the Catholic Church today, the first number that comes to mind is weekly Mass attendance. And, yes, it is hovering around the high teens for Canada. However, that number is rather lacking in what it says about the reality of modern C...

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