WASHINGTON (June 8, 2005)—Three books and a catalog from USCCB Publishing were honored with awards from the Catholic Press Association (CPA) at the recent convocation in Orlando, Florida.
First place winner in the Educational books category was In the Footsteps of Jesus by Dr. Stephen Colecchi, director of the USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace. In the Footsteps of Jesus is a parish resource manual on themes of Catholic social teaching. The manual includes sample sessions for middle school, high school, and adult faith formation programs. It offers connections with liturgy and sample prayer services and, in the words of the citation, is "a necessary, concise, practical resource." The In the Footsteps of Jesus resource manual has an accompanying video by the same name.
Tied for second place in the Pastoral ministry category was Forgiveness in International Politics: An Alternative Road to Peace by William Bole, Drew Christiansen, SJ, and Robert T. Hennemeyer. An outgrowth of a project by Woodstock Theological Center in cooperation with the USCCB Office of International Justice and Peace, the book asserts that forgiveness has proven to be a vital element in helping to repair relationships in a number of troubled societies.
In the Reference books category, 35 Years of the BCL Newsletter tied for 3rd place. The first issue of the BCL Newsletter appeared in September, 1965, as the Second Vatican Council was drawing to a close. Published by the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy, the newsletter was intended primarily for the bishops of the United States and their diocesan liturgical commissions. This volume reproduces the text of all the newsletters from 1965 to 2000. Over 1800 pages in large format, the collection has a 104-page index, with listings including names, sacraments, liturgical practices, and elements of the liturgy.
The 2005 USCCB Publishing Catalog won third place in the Catalog category. "Without question, the compilation of the USCCB catalog was a massive undertaking," the award citation stated. "A great number of titles were offered and each is given adequate space so there is no hint of crowding. Further, every page is attractive and the page layouts outstanding."
USCCB Publishing is the publishing arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The Catholic Press Awards were presented May 27 at the Catholic Media Convocation in Orlando.