New Director for CCCB PublicationsMonday, November 17 2003
(CCCB-Ottawa) Dr. Vicki Bennett has been named the new director of the Publications Service of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB).
Dr. Bennett brings to CCCB Publications her vast knowledge of the publishing world. For the last six years she has worked for the University of Ottawa Press, first as Editor-in-Chief and later as Director. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Export of Canadian Books, and also with the Association of Canadian University Presses.
An archaeologist by training, Dr. Bennett began her studies at the Université Libre de Belgique and received her master’s in classical archaeology from the University of Ottawa. She also holds a doctorate in religious studies from the same university. She has taught in the Department of Religion at Concordia University in Montreal, the Religious Sciences Department at the Université de Québec à Montréal and at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa.
A member of the executive of Historia Ecclesiae Catholicae Canadensis since 1995, and of the executive of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association since 1992, Dr. Bennett’s interests focus on sacred space and visual imagery. Her recent publications include a history of the study of church architecture in Quebec in L’étude de la religion au Québec (Presses de l’Université Laval), and a study of church architecture in Ontario, Sacred Space and Structural Style (University of Ottawa Press).
For more than 30 years, the CCCB has played a major role in the publication of religious resources. Tens of thousands of copies of works produced by CCCB Publications Service are sold annually around the world. The current catalogue lists close to 400 titles.
CCCB Publications Service plays an essential role in the publication and distribution of books and pamphlets addressing today’s pastoral needs in parishes, schools and Christian communities. Primary and secondary Catholic schools in English-speaking Canada make use of religious textbooks produced by the CCCB, which parishes use its lectionaries, rituals, hymn books and other publications used in liturgical celebrations.