Alan Mordue, nominated the Pauline Books and Media for Retail Group of the Year at the Christian Resources Together Conference in Swanwick.
To the sisters’ suprise, the nomination was greatly supported by members from
the predominantly Evangelical /Anglican group and the sisters won! The award, sponsored by the Good Book Company, is to acknowledge a store within a group or chain that has demonstrated a commitment to retailing through bricks and mortar and other channels, which includes, among other things, good business practice expressed through: originality and creativity in presentation and marketing activity, ministry impact, customer care, community involvement, and staff development. The sisters are delighted with this award because of its ecumenical recognition of their ministry in supporting Christians of all denominations.
Pauline Books & Media is a not-for-profit organisation, run by the Daughters of St Paul. Their main objective is to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world with the media of social communication. The Daughters of St Paul, were founded in Italy in 1915, and came to the UK in 1955. There are just over 2,000 sisters in 52 countries. Their founder, Blessed James Alberione, was inspired by Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Tametsi Futura, which concerned evangelising the world in the face of an uncertain future.
In the century where the history of moving films was beginning, Fr Alberione decided to use all these new media for good, for the Gospel. Today the sisters are known all over the world for their book and media centres, as they are here. In other parts of the world they are known for their work in publishing, radio and television, media education, and certainly now in social media. Their centre on High Street Kensington has recently been refurbished, and this award comes as a culmination of long years serving the people of Westminster and beyond, through the book centres and publications, and also in their daily prayer for the people of God.