U.S. Catholic and Claretian Publications win 18 ACP awards

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Last week at the Associated Church Press Convention in Chicago, U.S. Catholic was once again one of the top award winners. U.S. Catholic earned a total of 17 awards in best-in-class, editorial, online, and design categories. Its sister publication, At Home with Our Faith was honored with the First Place Award of Excellence for "Best in Class: Newsletter." The combined total of 18 awards tied Claretian Publications with the Toronto-based United Church Observer for most awards won.

U.S. Catholic won the (second place) Award of Merit for "Best in Class: Denominational Magazine" and the (first place) Award of Excellence for "Best in Class/Online: Blog."

The magazine's other Awards of Excellence went to managing editor Bryan Cones for "Editorial Courage" for his March 2011 column "Judgment Call," to Jerry Bleem's "Eye of the Beholder" arts meditation column for "Department," and to photographer Paul Jeffrey's December 2011 South Sudan photo story for "Photography with Article or Cutline: Magazine."

Bryan also won Awards of Merit for "Editorial or Opinion Piece: Magazine" for "The buck stops where?" and for "Column" for his "The Examined Life" column. The magazine's January 2011 special issue on women won an Award of Merit in the category "Theme Issue, Section, or Series: Magazine."

Other honors were won by Daniel Burke for his June 2011 cover story on exorcism, by Pat McCormick for his "Culture in Context" columns, Tom McGrath for his June 2011 article "Serve it family style," Daniel Demers for his August 2011 "Guilt trip down memory lane," and Sister Sheryl Chen for her March 2011 reflection "Open space."

Paul Jeffrey won an additional award for his South Sudan photo story for "Magazine Design, Spread or Story," while illustrators Tim Foley and Tom Keating won in the categories "Humor Graphic" and "Illustration, with Article or Cutline"

Founded in 1916, the Associated Church Press is North America's premier ecumenical/interdenominational  press association and includes mainline Protestant, Catholic, evangelical, and nondenominational periodicals and online publications from the United States and Canada. The awards were presented during its April 30 to May 2, 2012 convention at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.