In addition to newspaper-related honors, four book authors with ties to the Diocese of Rochester also garnered awards during the Catholic Press Association’s annual convention:
Daniel Brent, former administrator in the diocesan education department, took second place in the Spanish-language titles category with El Evangelio del Zapatero, published by Loyola Press.
“An original, enjoyable, and easy-to-read story that inspires readers to meditate and reflect on the Gospels through a personal dialog with Jesus,” judges wrote.
Father Charles E. Curran, a diocesan priest, earned first place in the biography category for Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian, published by Georgetown University Press.
“Father Charles Curran, the noted moral theologian, explains the controversy that led to his being fired from Catholic University (due to) the 1986 rejection of his positions on issues of sexual morality,” judges wrote.
Deacon George Dardess of Rochester’s Blessed Sacrament Parish and author of several books about the Catholic and Muslim faiths, took second place in the social-concerns category with his book Do We Worship the Same God? Comparing the Bible and The Qu’ran, published by St. Anthony Messenger Press.
“This is especially helpful in order to dispel the misconceptions that many Americans harbor,” judges wrote.
Gloria Ulterino, director of the former diocesan Office on Women in Church and Society, gained third place in the gender-issues category with Walking With Wisdom’s Daughters, published by Ave Maria Press.
“From biblical figures like Lydia and Eve, to modern ones like the four church women murdered in El Salvador, all are offered as companions to animate women’s journeys in Christ today and reaffirm women’s call as full members of the church,” judges wrote.