Novena is growing! At the end of its first month online, Novena has appointed Cameron Doody as interim director and editor and Mada Jurado as interim community manager.

Cameron Doody, interim director and editor

Since 2016, Doody has been a staff writer at the Madrid-based Religión Digital, one of the world’s leading Spanish-language religion news websites.

As well as in Spanish, Doody’s work has been published in English, French and Portuguese. His articles have appeared in sites such as Patheos, Nederlands Dagblad, the Instituto Humanitas Unisinos in Brazil, CPAL Social – the website of the Jesuits of Latin America – or the newspaper Mendoza Online in Argentina.

Doody has a first-class honours degree in theology from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, a post-graduate certificate in Jewish, Christian and Muslim origins from the Camilo José Cela University in Madrid and a doctorate in early Christian history from the Autonomous and Complutense Universities of Madrid. In 2016, he also completed a course on covering the Church in the age of Pope Francis at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

Doody will work part-time as interim director and editor of Novena for a trial period of one month.

Commenting on his appointment, Doody said “I am very excited to take up this post at Novena“.

“Novena is a new project, just getting off the ground, but it fills in a niche: fast, reliable and thoughtful coverage of religion around Europe”.

“My goal fits in well with that of the Novena team. To be there when religion – but above all the Catholic Church – crosses over from the strictly confessional to the political, economic and socio-cultural life of the continent”.

Mada Jurado, community manager

A social sciences academic by training, Mada Jurado comes to Novena after building up a reputation online as an innovative and cutting-edge English-language, public speaking and academic skills podcaster.

Jurado is a human rights advocate who has worked in Spain, Greece, Italy and the United Kingdom. She is passionate about communication in the modern world and has worked extensively in the field of universal access to education.

Jurado will also work part-time as interim social media manager of Novena for a trial period of one month.

Her long-term goals involve creating and sustaining a thriving community of religious and non-religious people interested in social justice issues in Europe.

“My new position at Novena is a big challenge but also an exciting opportunity”, said Jurado.

“I thrive on the challenge of getting news and opinions across and also debating the big issues”, she added.

“It’s an exciting time to be living in Europe, but the weight on our shoulders is huge. Our ancestors fought so hard to bring us together and to point the way forward in terms of equal opportunities for all. We can’t let them down”.