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Fr. John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award

Best Example of Evangelization Through the Use of Social Media Platforms

The purpose of this award is to recognize the positive impact of a Social Media campaign to make Jesus known and loved, and is the primary criteria for measuring its success. The quality of production and style of writing are important in delivering the message, but not as important as the ability to achieve the objective as measured by the response and reactions of those receiving the message.

Winner of the Award for 2017

The First Place winner of the 2017 Fr John Catoir Award is Nicole Ossevoort, Diocese of Syracuse for the Being Catholic initiative.

An Honorable Mention was awarded to Rick Musacchio, Diocese of Nashville for the Three Minute Theology campaign.

Criteria for Nomination

The Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award shall be given to the person who leveraged the power of social media to achieve the objectives of making Jesus known and loved. Entry criteria are:

  • Must be a current member of the Catholic Press Association.
  • Must be work begun or implemented in 2016. The evaluation of the program can include results into 2017.
  • Must be work implemented and viewable on a Social Media platform.         .
  • Entries must be submitted through the CPA website.
  • You may enter your own work or, with permission, submit the work of your organization.


Submissions will include a description of:

  • The campaign objectives and strategies
  • The implementation of the program
  • The type of reaction and response received

The Submission Form will require:

  • The URL or URLs where the campaign may be viewed
  • A description of the effectiveness of the campaign, including proof of engagement (i.e., number of re-tweets, added followers, views, comments, etc.)


The submission period for the Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award has closed for the 2017 cycle. 

Winning Entry

The winner will receive an award certificate and a $300 cash prize to underwrite the cost of technology in developing and or continuing the evangelization efforts. The winner was announced during the Catholic Media Conference Press Awards Banquet, June 23, 2017, in Quebec City.


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