You’re Getting the Best Catholic Media!

You’re Getting the Best Catholic Media!

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, at its closing banquet last Friday evening, announced awards for its annual journalism competition, from entries for publishing year 2012. You can see all of the awards at the CPA site.

We got first prize! Among national, general-interest magazines, St. Anthony Messenger received first place in General Excellence—the top award overall. Vying for that award were America, U.S. Catholic, Liguorian, Columbia, and others.  Catholic Update also received first place for General Excellence among general interest newsletters.

The photo here, by the way, is one I took of  our Franciscan Editor, Pat McCloskey, OFM, and Marketing, Sales and Internet Director, Barbara K. Baker, poring over the program (Pat) and tweeting (Barbara) as award announcements are made.

Awards for our publications:

St. Anthony Messenger

General Excellence, national general excellence magazines, first place

Best Short Story, first place (“Alondra’s Bouquet”)

Best Photo Story, second place (“Christmas at the Monastery”)

Best Illustration, second place (“St. Clare”)

Best special issue or section, second place (“Poverty in the United States”)

Best review section, honorable mention (“Book Corner”)

Best analysis writing, first place! (“Poverty in the United States”)


Catholic Update

General excellence, general interest newsletter, first place

Best feature article, general interest newsletter, first place (“The Universal Call to Holiness” and second place (“Two New American Saints”)


I Believe

Best coverage of the Year of Faith, all categories, third place

General excellence, general interest newsletter, second place


About the Author

John Feister is editor in chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine and other periodicals at Franciscan Media. He has a B.A. in American Studies from University of Dayton, and master's degrees in Humanities and in Theology from Xavier University. He writes and edits for various publications and contributes to American Catholic Radio. He is married, with three sons. His new book, Thank You, Sisters: Stories of Women Religious and How They Enrich Our Lives is available from the Franciscan Media catalog.