Magazine, communications staff receive seven national awards

The Central Minnesota Catholic magazine and Office of Communications and Development received seven awards from the Catholic Media Association for work published in 2020. The awards were announced June 10 as part of the 2021 Catholic Media Conference. The gathering, online for the second year due to the coronavirus pandemic, featured workshops, keynote speakers and an awards ceremony.

The awards are:

  • First Place – Best reporting of the celebration of a sacrament

“Montana’s Story: Teen’s path into Church paved by love, community’s support” by Kristi Anderson

  • First Place – Best online content not published in print

For online coverage May-June by Dianne Towalski

“Catholic schools say lessons learned during pandemic will assist them in the future”

“Sauk Rapids interfaith gathering promotes justice, solidarity”

“St. Cloud Hospital chaplains face new challenges during time of pandemic”

“Foley, Duelm bulletin shares how parishioners are staying connected to their faith”

“Four priests set to retire look forward to next chapter of life, ministry”

  • Third Place – Best Diocesan Fundraising Appeal produced by a communication department staff

Diocese of St. Cloud, 2020 Bishop’s Annual Appeal

  • Third Place – Best seasonal issue or section

The Central Minnesota Catholic — March issue – Lent

  • Honorable Mention – Best podcast series

“How Our Religious Communities Pray,” recorded and edited by Dianne Towalski

(Listen to them on Minnesota Catholic Podcasts:

  • Honorable Mention – Best regular column: Bishop’s column in a diocesan magazine

“From the Bishop,” by Bishop Donald Kettler

  • Honorable Mention – Best electronic newsletter

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Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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