For Defending First Amendment Rights of the Publisher
Bishop John England was a renowned defender of religous liberty and a prodigious journalist and publisher who founded the first Catholic newspaper in the United State in 1837, The United States Catholic Miscellany, when he was bishop of Charleston, South Carolina.
Catholic Press Association president Arthur McKenna inaugurated the Bishop John England Award for the Defense of Religious Freedom in 1992. The concept for the award originated with Father John Igoe, editor of One Voice, the diocesan newspaper of Birmingham, Alabama, who suggested that the CPA honor publishers who used the Catholic press to defend the rights of religion and individuals in a free society.
An individual who has clearly acted in the role of publisher; and clearly has acted in defense of their publication or used their publication, in accordance with its mission, to defend the First Amendment rights of the publisher, the institution of owning the publication, and/or the Church as a whole.
The nominee may be a publisher with any CPA General Publisher membership, including digital-only member publications and their publishers. The award recipient may or may not be a cleric.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 28, 2014. When Bishop England nominations are completed, bios and photos are provided for the committee (all living CPA Past Presidents). They will rank their top three choices. The winner is the candidate with the most first place votes.
Please give thoughtful consideration to those in the Catholic press you feel should be nominated for the 2014 Bishop John England Award.
Most Recent Winners
2013: Most Rev. David D. Kagan of Bismarck, ND
2012: Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester, NY
2011: Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, OSB, of Indianapolis, IN