Worship editor receives ARCCC award

BernadetteBernadette Gasslein, interim editor of Worship magazine of Saint John’s abbey, is being honored with the ARCCC award of the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada. The award honors outstanding contributions to Catholic communications in Canada and the understanding of faith in society.

For almost all of her professional life, Bernadette Gasslein has been engaged in various liturgical and catechetical ministries, including 21 years as editor of Celebrate!, the award-winning Canadian pastoral/liturgical magazine. She has led workshops around the country in liturgy and music.

Bernadette holds a Licence in Sacred Theology with Specialization in Pastoral Catechetics from the Institut catholique de Paris. As a young pianist, she also earned an Associateship in Performance in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto. A member of the North American Academy of Liturgy, her most recent books are The Mass Step-by-Step (2011) and Living with the Prayers of the Mass (2013).

“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 ARCCC President Joseph Sinasac. 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.”

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 2014 Award will be presented on May 2 at the association’s annual convention in Winnipeg.

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.


  1. Congratulations, Bernadette. So wonderful to have a lifetime of work and excellence recognized. That’s just splendid.

    Does this mean they are trying to lure you back to Canada?

  2. Bernadette, wonderful news! You are a most deserving recipient of this award of excellence. Your contributions to the Church in Canada is extensive – the seeds you assisted in sowing continue to bear fruit. Congratulations.

  3. I celebrate with you, Bernadette, or better: I celebrate YOU. And I give thanks to God who has gifted you beautifully.

  4. Congratulations, Bernadette! You are truly a scribe well-trained for the kingdom, able to bring from the storehouse things both old and new.

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