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Anne Marie Cox has been with the Diocese of Des Moines for 18 years, the last 15 as the director of communications. Previously, she had worked as a reporter for a wire service and daily newspapers for 10 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and a master’s degree in communication from Purdue University.






Michael La Civita is Communications Director of Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a human development initiative of the Holy See headquartered in Manhattan. CNEWA addresses issues associated with conflict, injustice, poverty and formation in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, India and Eastern Europe.

La Civita serves as CNEWA’s spokesperson and liaison with the media; oversees the development of the agency’s print and digital publications; and directs social media strategies.

A frequent visitor to the Middle East, he has written widely on many issues regarding the region’s religious affairs, displaced peoples and needs. La Civita has won multiple CPA journalism awards, participates in CPA committees and was elected to as a board member in April.

He is a member of St. Agnes Church in Brooklyn, New York, and serves as parish trustee.


Helen Osman has worked in communications for faith-based organizations since 1984, shortly after she moved to Central Texas and joined the staff of the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Spirit. She has returned to Austin, after an eight-year hiatus in Washington, DC, where she coordinated communications for the US Catholic bishops and shepherded the visits to the United States of Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 and Pope Francis in 2015. She has served as president, secretary and a board member of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, and received its highest honor for personal achievement in 2012. Today she provides communications support for international, national and local entities, including Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew during the historic pan-Orthodox Council held in June 2016.




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