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Why Join the Catholic Press Association?

 What Our Members are Saying

Over the years, I have found the CPA, and CPA conventions, to be very important resources for professional enrichment, finding useful contacts, and opportunities to make my life as a Catholic communicator more fulfilling.

Msgr. Owen F. Campion, Associate Publisher, The Priest, Huntington, IN

Since joining the CPA over 11 years ago, I have had the opportunity to meet and network with many individual members who have openly shared their thoughts and ideas of the advertising world we work in. With their help and guidance, many of these ideas have benefited my publication.

Carlos Salinas, Advertising Manager, Arlington Catholic Herald, Arlington, VA


Benefits of Membership

Our members join for a variety of reasons. Some join for networking and career growth, others for the fellowship of our industry, and still others simply for our awards program. Whatever your reason for joining, CPA provides resources to help you thrive in your profession.

Giving Catholics a Voice

Over 100 years ago, the seed of the association was planted. It finally blossomed in 1911 with the understanding that a united group could best serve the needs of the Catholic faith and the right to protect that faith with viable publications. In tough economic and religious times, the need for this unity is just as strong today as it was in 1911. CPA allows members to connect with each other to exchange ideas. In addition, CPA connects its members directly to bishops and the Vatican through conferences and webinars. CPA provides a number of services to keep Catholic journalists and their colleagues strong.

CPA Directory

Every year, CPA prints a current directory of organizational and individual members. New members receive a complimentary Directory upon joining CPA. Directories updated annually and mailed to each member. Members can also search for existing members and send out messages through our website.

Catholic Media Conference

The annual Catholic Media Conference allows members to gather and discuss issues concerning Catholic journalists. The recent addition of Master Camps and Education Tracks creates tailored experiences for those seeking professional development. In addition, participants of Master Camps and workshops receive Certificates of Completion as a record of their improved skills.

Annual Awards Program

CPA acknowledges excellence in the field with the annual Catholic Press Awards, CPA Book Awards, the Bishop John England Award and the St. Francis de Sales Award. Member publications and publishers, large or small, may enter the Catholic Press Awards and the Catholic Book Awards. A ceremony is held each year at the Catholic Media Conference to recognize the winners.


CPA partners with other Catholic organizations to bring relevant webinars to members. Webinars give the Catholic press community a chance to exchange ideas and learn from experts without having to leave the office.

Career Center

CPA has an online Career Center that is free for members. In addition to posting open positions, members can upload a resume for potential employers to view on their online profiles.

The Catholic Journalist

CPA’s membership newspaper keeps our community informed on best practices, first amendment rights issues, and upcoming events. All members receive a free subscription to The Catholic Journalist and are welcome to submit articles for consideration.

Consultation Services

CPA provides opportunities for member organizations to analyze and improve their procedures. Members may request a consultation to improve their business operations. They may also participate in the Catholic Communication Consultation Initiative, which moves organizations from reacting to events and circumstance to a proactive communication strategy with increased impact. CPA members may apply for grant money provided by the Catholic Communications Campaign to offset the cost of a consultation.

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