Michael Higgins Receives CPA Award for Suffer the Children Unto Me

News Story: June 1, 2011

-Press release courtesy of Novalis Publications-

‌Novalis publications won nine awards from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada and two awards from the Canadian Church Press for 2011.

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA) is an organization for Catholic media professionals. This year’s annual media awards were held from on June 22 in Pittsburgh, PA. The following books were recognized:

Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal by Michael W. Higgins and Peter Kavanagh received the First Place Award in the Books on Gender Issues category.  Here are the judge’s comments, “The gift of this book is its clear, story-telling language and its richly nuanced entry into deeply troubling but necessary questions…”

The Isle of Monte Cristo by S.T. Georgiou received the Second Place Award in the Spirituality — Softcover category. The judges noted that, “This book entices the reader into embarking on one’s own personal inner journey to find the treasure so beautifully portrayed by [the author]”.

Way Down North: Dene Life Dene Land by Réne Fumoleau received the Third Place Award in the Book Design and Production category. This collection of photography garnered the following praise: “The quality and impact of the photographs are unusually intense and give the reader the actual feeling that he/she has visited this area of the world.”

Finally, God’s Tender Mercies by Joan Chittister received the Third Place Award in the Spirituality — Hardcover category. The judge’s called it a “…compact, yet powerful book…” This book is published in the United States by Twenty-Third Publications.

Celebrate!, the specialty “pastoral magazine with a liturgical heart” published by Novalis has received five awards from the CPA. Celebrate! received the First Place Award in the Editorial category for “Healing The Body of Christ” by Bernadette Gasslein. Here are the judge’s comments: “This is a good, tough editorial with a wide vision…both inspired and inspiring.”

Celebrate! also received the First Place award in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life for the columns “Wheels of Misfortune; Saint Doorkeeper; and Advent, a housing project” by Ronald Raab, C.S.C. The judges said his columns are, “…marked by strong, clear, and vibrant writing. His descriptions are earthy yet deeply spiritual, creating vivid word pictures that fill the reader’s imagination.”

Celebrate! also received a Second Place award in the category of Best Essay — Professional and Special Interest Magazines, for “From Pain to Hope: the truth will set you free” by Claude G. Thibault which garnered the following praise: “a revealing and brave essay about a highly challenging issue for the Church, shared generously and honestly.” 

Celebrate! also received the Third Place Award for General Excellence — Professional and Special Interest Magazines. The judges said, “Without becoming obtuse, Celebrate! presents tough topics in music and art in a style which makes it valuable for parish liturgists, musicians, artists  and liturgy committees. Creative and inspirational content in a creative package.”

Finally, Celebrate! was awarded Third Place in the Best Cover — Four-Colour Large category for “Brother André: Saint Doorkeeper” by Audrey Wells. The judges said that her design choices “…make the reader want to stop and read the issue.”

Two Awards from Canadian Church Press
The Canadian Church Press (CCP) is an association that offers fellowship and support to its members in an effort to maintain high standards of religious journalism. The 2011 CCP Convention was held in Chicago, IL from April 27-30. Celebrate! received two awards at the convention:

Second Place in the Editorial — Magazine category for “The Archetypal Refugee Family” by Bernadette Gasslein and Second Place in Department — Magazine for “The Virtue of Patience, The Virtue of Discenment and Another Look at Discernment” by Nancy Reeves and Linnea Good. 

A remarkable year for Novalis books and Celebrate!

About Novalis
Novalis celebrates its 75th Anniversary in 2011. Founded in Ottawa by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI), Novalis publishes religious and spiritual books, resources and periodicals in English and in French. Among its publications are the well-known Living with Christ missalette, The Sunday Missal and the Sunday Missal for Young Catholics.  For more information please visit www.novalis.ca