CV Co-Founder Awarded by Brooklyn Diocese

Last week the Diocese of Brooklyn hosted its 24th Annual World Communications Day Catholic Media Conference in New York, to help prepare for Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the United States in September 2015 — and had a surprise for one of the speakers.

Before Catholic Voices Co-Founder and papal biographer Dr Austen Ivereigh gave the keynote address on 15 May, he was presented with the St Francis De Sales Distinguished Communicator Award.

Presenting the award, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn cited the work of Catholic Voices, which is now present in 17 countries across the world, as well as Ivereigh’s biography of Pope Francis.

“This past Thanksgiving, I read Austen Ivereigh’s The Great Reformer, and found it to be remarkably insightful,” said Bishop Di Marzio. "Austen’s recounting of the life of Jorge Bergoglio has been helpful to me in rethinking how to exercise my own episcopal and priestly ministry in the Diocese of Brooklyn."

The photo shows him receiving the award from Bishop Di Marzio, with (on Ivereigh’s left) Msgr Kieran Harrington, Vicar for Communications in the Diocese, and presenter of the ‘In the Arena’ show.

The diocese’s World Communications Day – celebrated annually on the Sunday before Pentecost – was established by Pope Paul VI in the wake of the Second Vatican Council in order to help the whole Church reflect on the opportunities for evangelization afforded by contemporary means of social communication.

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