Rhode Island Catholic, El Catolico win 17 national awards from Catholic Press Association

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QUÉBEC CITY — Rhode Island Catholic and its Spanish language edition El Catolico de Rhode Island, publications of the Diocese of Providence, won an unprecedented ​​17 national editorial and advertising press awards on Friday, June 23, during the 2017 Catholic Media Conference Awards Banquet, hosted by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada at Laval University. The Rhode Island Catholic, formerly known as the Providence Visitor, has been publishing since 1875.

Rhode Island Catholic Editorial Awards

Third Place: Bishop Thomas J. Tobin: Best Regular Column by a Bishop or Archbishop for “Without a Doubt: Are Catholic Schools Worth Saving?; Let’s Talk About Hope and Peace, Not Fear; My Mom’s Christmas Cookies.”

First Place: Executive Editor Rick Snizek: Best Explanation of the Church’s Position on Marriage for “Marriage and Annulments in the Diocese of Providence.”

Second Place: Executive Editor Rick Snizek: Best Reporting on the Celebration of a Sacrament for “St. Peter Sacraments Program a Vital Ministry for Autistic Students.”

Third Place: Staff Reporter Lauren Clem: Best Coverage of Children and Teens Younger than 18 for “All Saints Students Take a Call from the Heavens.”

Third Place: Staff Reporter Lauren Clem and Executive Editor Rick Snizek: Best Coverage of Local Politics for: “State to Offer Free SAT; General Assembly Considering Assisted Suicide Bill; Diocese Speaks Out Against Transit Fare Hikes for Elderly, Disabled.”

Third Place: Executive Editor Rick Snizek: Best Reporting of Social Justice Issues — Solidarity for “Faith Leaders Show Solidarity After Synagogue is Defaced.”

Honorable Mention: Staff Reporter Lauren Clem: Best Coverage of World Youth Day for “Pope Inspires Youth in Poland.”

Honorable Mention: Business Manager Marie Zagorsky, Assistant Editor Laura Kilgus and Executive Editor Rick Snizek: Best Diocesan Directory.

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​​Rhode Island Catholic Advertising Awards

Second Place: Display Advertising Manager Richard Lafond and Assistant Editor Laura Kilgus: Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication for “The Golden Lamb Buttery.”

Second Place: Display Advertising Manager Richard Lafond: Best Example of Effective Advertising Promotion Originating with the Publication or Publication’s Website for “Festivals.”

Third Place: Display Advertising Manager Richard Lafond and Assistant Editor Laura Kilgus: Best Local Retail Campaign Originating with the Publication for “Aunt Carrie’s.”

Third Place: Display Advertising Manager Richard Lafond: Best Example of Effective Advertising Promotion Originating with the Publication or Publication’s Website for “Catholic Schools Week.”

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El Catolico ​de Rhode Island ​Editorial Awards

First Place: Staff Reporter Lauren Clem, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin: Best Coverage of the Year of Mercy for “Una Puerta Santa Para la Misericordia y el Amor de Dios.”

Second Place: El Catolico Editor Silvio Cuellar, Executive Editor Rick Snizek and Luis Peralta: Best Editorial Page for “Un Mensaje de Navidad; El Papa de la Misericordia y El Papa y el Patriarca se Esfuerzan por la Unidad.”

Third Place: El Catolico Reporter Ana Maria Delgado, Editor Silvio Cuellar and Rev. Nolasco Tamayo: Best Reporting on the V Encuentro for “V Encuentro Nacional del Ministerio Hispano en Marcha en Providence; Hacia el V Encuentro Discipulos Misioneros Testigos del Amor de Dios; El Desafio Mas Grande del V Encuentro LLegar a Nuestros Jovenes; Lideres Parroquiles se Preparan.”

Honorable Mention: Editor Silvio Cuellar: Editor of the Year for “V Encuentro Nacional del Ministerio Hispano en Marcha en Providence; Maria Garombo Considerada Una Madre y Santa por Los Presos la Carcel de Alta Seguridad; El Desafio Mas Grande del V Encuentro LLegar a Nuestros Jovenes; Resolutciones del Ano Santo.”

Honorable Mention: Editor Silvio Cuellar: Editor of the Year for “V Encuentro Nacional del Ministerio Hispano en Marcha en Providence; Maria Garombo Considerada Una Madre y Santa por Los Presos la Carcel de Alta Seguridad; El Desafio Mas Grande del V Encuentro LLegar a Nuestros Jovenes; Resolutciones del Ano Santo.”

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