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Welcome to the 2019 Awards Programs 


Sponsored by the catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada


 Our four programs are currently closed . 


In the meantime, please read program information


below for opening dates, eligibility and costs.


Established in 1911, The Catholic Press Association is an association  of publisher and communication professionals that honor excellent work across media platforms.

All winners are honored at the annual Catholic Media Conference each June, receive an award certificate, are listed in the association's award issue of the catholic journalist, and are viewable on the award portal of the CPA website.

The St. Francis De Sales Award is the highest award the catholic Press Association presents to a CPA member for his/her "outstanding contribution to the catholic journalism."


Initiated in 1965, The Gabriel Awards is a premier program honoring excellence in film, broadcast, and cross- platform media production released in the United Stated and Canada.


The Catholic Press Association and SIGNIS North America, an affiliate of the Catholic world association for communication, sponsor the Gabriel Awards.  


Recipients of a Gabriel Award receive a coveted Gabriel statuette.




 The Programs


The Catholic Press Awards recognize excellence in five areas:

To enter one of these programs please click the icons above and locate "Click Here to Enter."

* This function will be enabled when programs open.

Answers to Common Award Program Questions


Who is eligible o enter the Awards Program?

  • The Press Awards are for CPA members only.
  • The Gabriel Awards are primarily for non- member broadcast professionals, however CPA members are eligible to enter.
  • The Book Awards are for members and non- member authors and publishers.
  • The Student and Alumni Awards are for member and non member publishers of alumni magazines, and also for aspiring student aspiring and communicators. 
  • The Achievement Awards are for CPA members through a nomination process or a competitions as outlined specifically for each award.


What are the Entry Fees?

In general there is an open period and extension period fee for our four awards programs. The CPA offers members the lowest rate for the press, book and Alumni Awards.



Open Period Extension Period
Press Awards   ALL  $36 $45
 Gabriel Awards Film  $200  $225
  Radio  $125  $150
  Television  $150  $175
  Social Media  $125 $150 

Book Awards

Members   $36 $45
   Non- Members $76 TBD
Students and Alumni Awards  Magazine Members  $36  N/A
   Magazine Non-Members  $45 N/A
   Students  $18 N/A
Achievement Awards  ALL No Fee N/A 


What are the entry dates?

Each program packet explains the deadlines and requirements for submission. In general the contest is open in alignments with the following dates. 

Program Open Period Extension Period
 Press Awards  Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019 Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 Gabriel Awards  Nov 5, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019  Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 Book Awards Dec 3, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019  Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 Student and Alumni Awards Nov 5, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019  Jan 28, 2019 - Feb 3, 2019 
 St. Francis & Bishop England Awards  February 2019  N/A 
 Foley and Catoir Awards March 2019  N/A 


HARD COPIES  When required, must be received by February 8, 2019


Additional Questions 

  Contact Kathleen Holloway at

or call (312) - 380-6789

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