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Cardinal John P. Foley Award

Remembering an Innovator in the Catholic Press

Cardinal John Patrick Foley, for decades regarded as the patriarch of the American Catholic press, was a Catholic communicator who employed multiple communication platforms. He brought the news of the Catholic Church to the American public to help them understand the Church.

Admired for his media expertise, Cardinal Foley served as the assistant editor and Vatican correspondent for Philadelphia’s archdiocesan newspaper, and was its editor-in-chief from 1970 to 1984. He also co-produced and co-hosted the “Philadelphia Catholic Hour’’ on WFIL radio.

Cardinal Foley’s voice was known to millions throughout the world as the English language narrator on broadcasts of the pope’s midnight Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Cardinal Foley expanded the Church’s use of the electronic news media as president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. His life continues to set a standard for Catholic journalists to follow.

Most Recent Winners

2020: Chaz Muth, Catholic News Service
2019: None awarded
2018: David M. Carollo, World Apostolate of Fatima / Soul Magazine
2017: Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review

Criteria for Submissions

The Cardinal John P. Foley Award shall be given to an individual who, in the preceding year, demonstrated excellence and innovation in Catholic storytelling. Nominee must be a Catholic Press Association member or a contributor to/employee of a CPA member organization. The nominee’s work(s) may have been presented on various media platforms, including, but not limited to, video, podcasts, photo spreads, blogs, or a multimedia melding of platforms.

Make a Submission

The submission period for the 2021 Cardinal Foley Award will open in December 2020.

Procedure for Selection

Any CPA member can make a submission. Once the submission period is closed, a committee made of all CPA board members 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 candidate who received more second place votes will win.

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