The Good Oil recognised for online publishing excellence

The annual conference of the Australasian Catholic Press Association (ACPA) took place last month when more than 60 Catholic editors and people working in church communications came together in Melbourne.

The theme of the conference focused on the words of Pope Francis from his 2021 World Communications Day message: “All of us are to be witnesses of the truth: to go, to see and to share.”

The 2022 ACPA Awards were announced at the conference dinner on September 8 at the Sheraton Hotel. The awards recognise excellence in Catholic magazines, newspapers and digital publications across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.

Good Samaritan Sisters Marella Rebgetz and Helen Anderson, representing The Good Oil, attended the dinner. The awards were presented by Melbourne’s Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.

The premier award, the Bishop Philip Kennedy Memorial Award for Overall Excellence in Catholic publishing, was won by Redemptorist publication The Majellan.

The Good Oil was highly commended in the category of Best Online Publication. This award was won by Jesuit publication Eureka Street.

Commenting on The Good Oil’s entry, the judge said:

“This online site meets the criteria for original content and delivers to its 3000 readers on its mandate to cover a range of topics across theology, mission, social justice, spirituality in day-to-day life, as well as human interest and feature profiles of individuals living their faith in ordinary and extraordinary ways.

“On opening the site one is drawn in by its openness, sincerity, and clarity, so clearly in harmony with its aims and the spirituality of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. It is a site full of honesty and integrity.”

To read the full list of award recipients, click here.

The Good Oil is published by the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. The editorial focus is on news, feature and opinion articles, and reflective content which aims to nourish the spirit, stimulate thinking and encourage reflection and dialogue about issues of the day from a Christian, Catholic, Good Samaritan perspective.

The Good Oil is published on the third Wednesday of each month (except January) by a small editorial team. We are grateful to our contributors who so generously gift their writing talents to the publication. We also want to thank our readers for your continued support.

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