ARCCC Annual Conference
From May 27 - May 30, 2004, 31 members of the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada gathered in Belleville, Ontario, for their yearly conference. ARCCC brings together communicators in dioceses, religious orders and Catholic institutions. This year the focus was pictures. Participants enjoyed the grounds of Loyalist College: (from left to right) Sr. Conrad Lauber, Gisela Côté, John O'Donnell, Fr. Tom Kurudeepan, Br. John Frampton, Sr. Lois Anne Bordowitz, Eric Durocher and Pat Stortz.
The keynote speaker on Thursday evening was Toronto-based documentary photojournalist Vincenzo Pietropaulo, whose work is seen in such books as Celebration of Resistance: Ontario's Days of Action and Canadians at Work. As Vincenzo showed examples of his work, he challenged participants to portray people with as much truth and respect as possible. He has, he explained, spent his life trying to portray things as they are.
Frank O'Connor, Coordinator of Photo Journalism at Loyalist College, gave Saturday's digital camera workshop, touching on such topics as having the right camera, the importance of content in photos and how to set up the best shots. The afternoon saw everyone facing Macintosh computers, playing with PhotoShop. Other conference meetings allowed participants to give others updates on what was happening in their work and information on such organizations as Signis.
On Saturday evening, Roy Bonisteel (right with Sr. Conrad and Gisela), host for 22 years of CBC's popular series on spirituality, Man Alive, addressed the gathering on the topic of "Telling Our Stories." Roy, a born storyteller, welcomed members to his renovated heritage church. He regaled them with stories of how he came to be one of television's most well known interviewers, questioning such luminaries as Mother Theresa, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.
The pictures of the conference tell the tale: ARCCC participants went home on Sunday having shared much, learned more and ready to bear witness for another year.