St. Mike’s to host media conference

By  Shona Assang, The Catholic Register
  • March 18, 2010
{mosimage}TORONTO - The University of St. Michael’s College will host a conference March 26 on “Evangelization in the Media.”

The main topic  is the role of evangelization in television, movies and music.

“This was not supposed to be a media conference, but an ethics conference,” said Daniel Gibson, president of Compass Catholic Fellowship , which is organizing the event.

But it soon evolved and will now feature as speakers Toronto Archbishop Thomas Collins, Fr. John Bartunek, LC, and Catholic Register columnist, radio and TV personality Michael Coren.

“Archbishop Collins was picked because he is the appointed media advisor as well as the peoples’ bishop, and is in the media’s view a lot,” Gibson said. 

Bartunek is a member of the Legionaries of Christ and sometimes works as the press liaison for the Vatican.

“Michael Coren was chosen because he has been a speaker for Compass and has done these presentations before. He is the person people want to see and is involved in all media,” Gibson said.

Since Compass’ goal is evangelization, Gibson hopes the conference will help students understand the media’s role in that.

“I hope that the audience has a sense of hope that their view of media as anti-Christian/closed on using good in context will be revised,” said Gibson.

Though the conference is targeted to the campus’ students, it is also open to anyone outside of the school, regardless of age.

You can register by e-mail at . Spaces are limited. Admission is $5 or a donation. The conference will take place at Father Madden Hall on the St. Mike’s campus from  9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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