, Authors Honored at Gabriel and Catholic Press Association Awards

0 founder Lisa M. Hendey and brand manager Danielle Bean at the Gabriel Awards. Copyright 2019 Danielle Bean. All rights reserved.’s more than 125 volunteer writers were honored with a second-place finish in the Best Blog category of the Catholic Press Association’s Gabriel Awards on June 20 at the Catholic Media Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Gabriel Awards honor excellence in Catholic film, video, audio, and internet.

This is the first time has competed for a Gabriel Award and the first year a blog category has been offered. also placed first in the Best Blog category at the Catholic Press Association Awards, and the Catholic Momcast with Lisa Hendey and Danielle Bean placed second in the Best Podcast category.

Three episodes of Family Theater Productions’ Catholic Central: The Mass, Catholic Dating, and Life After Life placed first in the Gabriel Awards Best Internet Video: Teen Specific category. Catholic Central: The Mass also placed second in the Gabriel Awards Best Internet Video category. Family Theater Productions was founded by Venerable Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., and is a partner ministry, along with and, of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

Several contributors received Catholic Press Awards for their own work:

Second Place, Children’s Books and Books for Teens: Books for Teens & Young Adults
Where You Lead, Leslea Wahl, Vinspire Publishing

Third Place,  Children’s Books and Books for Teens: Books for Teens & Young Adults
Secrets: Visible and Invisible, Carolyn Astfalk, T.M. Gaouette, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Cynthia T.
Toney, Corinna Turner, Leslea Wahl, Catholic Teen Books

First Place, First Time Author of a Book AND Honorable Mention, Theology: Theological and Philosophical Studies
A Sacred Look: Becoming Cultural Mystics – Theology of Popular Culture, Sr. Nancy Usselmann,
FSPCascade Books/Wipf & Stock Publishers

Third Place, Family Life
Death By Minivan, Heather Anderson Renshaw, Our Sunday Visitor

First Place, Backlist Beauty
The Catholic Hipster Handbook, Tommy Tighe, Ave Maria Press

The full list of winners is available at contributor and radio broadcaster Abby Watts, master of ceremonies for this year’s Gabriel Awards, with Lisa M. Hendey and Danielle Bean. Copyright 2019 Danielle Bean. All rights reserved.

Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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