A member of Resurrection Parish in Edmonton, a woman described as an insightful journalist, a gifted musician, and an inspiration to many, has been honoured by the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada (ARCCC).

At its annual conference in Winnipeg on Friday, the association presented Bernadette Gasslein with the ARCCC Award, which honours outstanding contributions to Catholic communications in Canada and the understanding of faith in society.

Bernadette has worked in a variety of liturgical and catechetical ministries, and is perhaps best known for her 21 years as editor of Celebrate!, the award-winning Canadian pastoral/liturgical magazine. She has led workshops around the country in liturgy and music and currently serves as interim editor of Worship Magazine.

“For more than 25 years, Bernadette Gasslein has shared her genius for developing insightful journalism on all matters pertaining to Catholic liturgy and pastoral ministry more broadly,” said outgoing ARCCC President Joseph Sinasac, who presented the award. “Through her broad network of contacts across North America, Bernadette nurtured a team of authors and consultants to create an avidly used forum for professional development in Celebrate! Magazine.” 

Bernadette said she was humbled, honoured and delighted by the recognition.. 

Previous recipients of the ARCCC Award include Bernie Lucht, executive producer of CBC Radio’s Ideas (2013); the late Cardinal John Foley (2008); and Cape Breton musician Natalie MacMaster (2003). 

The Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada represents faith-based women and men across Canada working in the area of church communications, including diocesan personnel, members of religious communities, those working in church media, Catholic school boards, healthcare institutions or other church-related organizations and associations.