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CPA is pleased to offer a new training program for Catholic Communicators: "Fundamentals of the Catholic Church."

Regardless of age, position, or faith, all employees of Catholic organizations should understand their employer's structure. It is important to know how the Church functions and why it takes the position it does related to social trends.

In a 2011 survey developed by the USCCB and CPA, bishops and other members of the Catholic media determined that their employees would benefit from a better understanding of basic Church structure and hierarchy. "Fundamentals of the Catholic Church" will provide an overview of how the Church functions, plus a discussion of the "hot button" issue of the day in a convenient webinar.

With "Fundamentals of the Catholic Church," we hope to give you the information you need to cover the Church accurately and appropriately. As a result, reporters will become more authoritative and editors will cut down on time correcting articles.


Who developed the program?

"Fundamentals of the Catholic Church" is a collaboration between the Catholic Press Association and the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Dr. Daniella Zsupan-Jerome, a Catholic Communications Campaign consultant and Assistant Professor of Liturgy, Catechesis and Evangelization and Loyola University, New Orleans, developed the program content. Her specialty is digital media and faith formation, with practical experience in online teaching and learning.


What will the program cover?

The interactive, 90-minute webinar will teach the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and how positions on social issues are determined; language used when reporting on the Church; and why the Church takes the position it does related to social trends. Dr. Zsupan-Jerome will also share resources that explain covering the Church in media and provide key ecclesiastical sources.


How do I sign up?

The webinar will be available later in 2015.

At the Catholic Media Conference in Buffalo, NY, we are previewing the program as a Master Camp in the General Interest track. "Fundamentals of the Catholic Church" will be free to try with a full registration. For those not attending the full conference, Master Camp tickets are available to purchase for $75.

Visit the event page for CMC15 registration options.


Recommended Resources

These references are available for purchase:

The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press)
The Catholic Source Book (Our Sunday Visitor)
Glossary of Theological Terms (St. Mary's Press)
Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Dictionary

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