CPA at 100: An Evening with Two Gentlemen of the Church in Steel Town
June 24, 2011 by Leave a Comment
Catholic Media Conventions are made up of long days filled with a ton of varied activities: plenary sessions, panel presentations, workshops, sales and marketing opportunities, networking, coffee breaks, Catholic Register (now head of the English language section of Novalis Publishing in Canada) three years ago in Toronto! We had over 500 people in attendance from all over North America and also from Rome. Many friendships, partnerships and relationships were born during that great convention in downtown Toronto. So many delegates at this year's convention in Pittsburgh have shared with me their memories of the 2008 Toronto convention. A highlight of these conventions is the liturgy that concludes each day. This evening we were bused from the downtown convention hotel to Pittsburgh's stunning Cathedral of St. Paul for the 100th Anniversary Mass of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, native and former bishop of Pittsburgh, now Archbishop of Washington, DC, (and Salt + Light media star), presided and preached at the beautifully prepared liturgy. Our Sunday Visitor fame and Paul Tighe from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican and Catholic journalists from Portland, Oregon. "the voice of Christmas" for 25 years took the floor, this time sitting in a chair, and kept us laughing, smiling, and riveted to his every scripted and non-scripted word. In typical Foley fashion, he made fun of himself and sprinkled his serious media talk with good humor and personal anecdotes. He thanked Bob for canonizing him when he was still alive! He showed off his spiffy Cardinal robes, telling us: "these were the gifts you folks gave me when I got the red hat three years ago!" He didn't focus on his own personal, obvious diminishment and struggle with aggressive leukemia, but praised the outstanding work of the Catholic News Service (CNS) and invited us to look around the room to see the power of good that is present in so many Catholic journalists and communicators.