|2016 Winners of St. Francis de Sales Award|
Maria de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda
Maria has written for Catholic media, most especially for the Sooner Catholic newspaper, for more than 30 years. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she excels at telling the human side of many of the tough social and political issues facing our state, Church and nation.
Special St. Francis de Sales Award
Archbishop Claudio Celli
Archbishop Claudio Celli has been an ardent supporter and advocate for the Catholic press around the world. In his position as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communication he has been a strong and effective advocate for the global Catholic press, especially in the lands of Africa, Asia and South America where the church is most robust and where the CPA ever more turns its attention. He reminds us in the U.S. and Canada of our responsibilities to nurture the Catholic press in developing nations, and he brings all of us together to think ever more deeply about our common obligation to the communication of the church's mission. We are better Catholic communicators for his work.