After a long drought, St. Anthony Messenger magazine has won the First Place Award for General Excellence from the from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. The judging took place during the first half of this year, for issues from 2011. It’s the first time since 1995 that we’ve received such an honor, and we’re ecstatic.
Among the three issues that we submitted in the contest, the one that stood out most to the judges is our special issue on Catholics and Muslims. It’s true that some of our readers protested mightily to this approach to the 9/11 anniversary, but sometimes our mission compels us to go against the grain.
A less controversial cover highlighted Emilio Estevez’s film The Way, with interviews with both Emilio and his father, Martin Sheen. An article within that was awarded in its own category is “Jason Berry: Church Whistleblower.” The third issue that we submitted featured the Mighty Macs film, but which also contained the moving story about high school students in Cleveland who volunteer to serve as pallbearers for the deceased poor who have none.
You can see our list of awards at the Catholic Press Association Web site. A list for the magazine will be on this Web site when our August issue is published online.
Photos by John Feister