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Bishop John England Award

For Defending First Amendment Rights of the Publisher

Bishop John England was a renowned defender of religious liberty and a prodigious journalist and publisher who founded the first Catholic newspaper in the United State in 1822, The United States Catholic Miscellany, when he was bishop of Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1992, Catholic Press Association president Arthur McKenna inaugurated the Bishop John England Award for the Defense of Religious Freedom. 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.

Most Recent Winners

2016:  Greg Erlandson, formerly of Our Sunday Visitor
2015:  Cardinal Francis George, Archdiocese of Chicago
2014:  Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
2013:  Most Rev. David D. Kagan of Bismarck, ND
2012:  Bishop Matthew H. Clark of Rochester, NY

 

Criteria for Nomination

The recipient of the Bishop John England Award should clearly have acted in their role as publisher of a CPA member publication and clearly have acted in defense of the publication or used their publications, in accordance with its mission, to defend the First Amendment rights of the publisher, the institution owning the publication, and/or the Catholic Church as a whole. The award recipient may or may not be a cleric.

Procedure for Selection

Any CPA member can make a nomination during the submission period. Once the nominating period is closed, a committee made of all living CPA past presidents will rank their top two choices for the award. The candidate with the most first place votes wins the award. In the event of a tie, the top candidate who received more second place votes will win.

Make a Nomination

The CPA will begin accepting nominations for the 2017 Bishop John England Awards in early 2017.

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