Awards

The Catholic Spirit is a member of The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. Each year, the association confers awards to recognize and honor the work of its membership. Following are those received by The Catholic Spirit since its founding in 1996:

2013: 

  • Second Place General Excellence, 17,001-40,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category
  • Third Place Best Regular Column on Spiritual Life By Javier Bustamante

2012:

  • Second Place Best Regular Special Supplement “Jubilees”- Honoring Religious celebrating significant anniversaries By The Catholic Spirit Staff

2010:

  • First Place Best Seasonal Issue (Ash Wednesday Issue) “Return To Me With Your Whole Heart: Your Lenten Journey 2009” By The Catholic Spirit Staff

2009:

  • Third Place Best News Writing – Local/Regional Event 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category “Fallen Hero Mourned by Parish Community By Chris Donahue

2008:

  • Third Place General Excellence, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category
  • First Place Best Promotional House Ad “Recognizing and Surviving the Dark Night of the Soul” By Monica Baumann
  • Second Place Best Illustration “Millennials” by Elizabeth Johnson and Monica Baumann
  • Third Place Best Reporting on Teen-agers “Purity on Parade” By Scott Alessi
  • Third Place Most Effective Single Piece of Circulation Promotion Christmas Wrap: “Share Your Faith” By Monica Baumann

2007:

  • Third Place General Excellence, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category
  • Third Place Best Headline Makeover from ‘$tewardship’ to ‘Stewardship” By Christina Leslie

2006:

  • Second Place Best Feature Writing, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category “Modern Day Chivalry” By Erick Rommel
  • Second Place Best Personality Profile, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category “Top of Her Class” By Erick Rommel

2005:

  • First Place General Excellence, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category
  • Third Place Best Sports News “Local Olympian Boots U.S. into Gold Medal Soccer Showdown” By Erick Rommel and Staff

2004:

  • First Place Best circulation promotion campaign Deacon subscription campaign – staff, chancery & deacons
  • Third Place General Excellence, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category
  • Third Place Best Front Page – Tabloid (4 color)
  • Third Place Best Editorial on a local issue, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspapers “What Have We Done for them Lately” By Rayanne Damiano

2003:

  • Second Place Best Front Page – broadsheet
  • Third Place Best Feature Writing, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category “Faith Healing”, Charissa Carroll Arsenault & Mary Beth DeLisi
  • Honorable Mention Best Editorial, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper category “Standing Up for our Catholic Institutions” By Father Joseph J. Kerrigan

2002:

  • First Place General Excellence, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan paper category
  • Second Place Best Editorial on a Specifically National or International Issue 1-17,000 circulation diocesan paper category “Brother Can You Spare $300?” By Father Joseph Kerrigan
  • Second Place Best Editorial on a Local Issue, 1-17,000 diocesan paper category “Tattoo, Piercing Law Points to Insanity of Abortion Protection” By Rayanne Damiano
  • Honorable Mention Best Front Page – Broadsheet (any color)

2001:

Second Place Best Front Page, broadsheet (any color)

2000:

  • First Place Best Feature Photo – “Thrills and Chills” By George Evans Jr.
  • Second Place Best Promotional House Ad “Time”, By Rayanne Damiano & EmmaLee Italia
  • Third Place Best Photo Illustration – “Vocations”, By Steve Goodman
  • Third Place Best Editorial on a Local Issue, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper “Parental Rights” By Rayanne Damiano

1999:

  • First Place Best Media Kit for a Newspaper, 1-17,000 circulation paper category
  • Second Place Best Analysis/Background/Round-up Reporting “Peter Singer” by Mary Morrell
  • Third Place Best Feature, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan paper category “Pakistan’s Women”, by Carolyn Hughes
  • Honorable Mention Best Editorial on a Local Issue 1-17,000 diocesan paper “Irreconcilable Differences”, by Rayanne Damiano

1998:

  • First Place Best Editorial, Local Issue, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper “Megan’s Law poses hard questions about justice, safety” By Rayanne Damiano
  • Third Place Best Single Ad, Black & White 1-17,000 circulation diocesan newspaper “The Foundation for Catholic Education”,Text by Mary Morrell, Design by Beata Makowski
  • Honorable Mention Best Editorial on a national or International Issue 1-17,000 circulation diocesan paper category “No place for death penalty among a ‘people of life’” By Rayanne Damiano
  • Honorable Mention Best News Reporting Local or State Matter,1-17,000 circulation diocesan paper category “Welcome Bishop Breen” By staff

1997:

  • First Place Best Effective Single Piece of Circulation Promotion “Inaugural Subscription Campaign”, By Clara Baumann, Rayanne Damiano, Mary Morrell
  • Third Place General Excellence, 1-17,000 circulation diocesan paper category
  • Honorable Mention Best Regular Column (General Commentary) “Things My Father Taught Me” By Mary Morrell