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NORTH HAVEN – The Catholic Transcript has garnered nine awards in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Excellence in Connecticut Journalism contest for 2010. Among them are five first-place awards, the most the Transcript has won in the four years the paper has taken part in the annual competition.

The results were announced at SPJ Connecticut’s annual meeting and awards banquet May 26.

Receiving first place in Arts and Entertainment was Bernard Carragher for his review in May 2010 titled "Tucci's Touch, Heady Level of Fun Make 'Tenor' Revival Sing." M. Regina Cram took home the first-place award for her March 2010 column "For Abigail, Wherever I May Find Her," and Mary Chalupsky won first place in general reporting for her February 2010 article, "World Rises to Help Haiti."


Photographer Robert Mullen walked away with top honors for his photo, "Niece Shares Pride and Joy," which appeared in the June 2010 issue. Graphic designer Leslie DiVenere won first place for her page 1 layout of the August 2010 issue.

For his editorial, "Altering the Record?" in the September 2010 issue, Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, was awarded second place. Jack Sheedy won second place for his feature article in the August 2010 issue titled "Padre Pedro Rosazza Retires After 32 Years."

Receiving honorable mention awards were Roberta Tuttle, managing editor, for her feature article in the August 2010 issue, "Couple in prison ministry carries faith behind bars"; and Donald DeMarco for his opinion column in the March 2010 issue, "The Other Superbowl MVP."

Msgr. Liptak, commenting on the awards, said, "I am especially grateful for the professional expertise of our writers, artists and support personnel – expertise that continues to be acknowledged year after year by so prestigious an organization as the SPJ. These awards – nine in number – were earned through very hard work by a relatively small group. I especially thank the Transcript’s publisher, Archbishop Henry Mansell, for his unflagging support in behalf of a highly professional product like the Transcript. With our managing editor, Roberta Tuttle, we repeat what we said last year, namely, Excelsior!"

The Transcript submitted the entries as a regional, non-daily newspaper with a circulation of 50,000 or more. (Currently the circulation is 87,000.)

The Transcript first took part in the SPJ awards contest in 2008, when it won wo awards, including one first-place award. In 2009, the paper won six awards, including four top spots. Last year, the Transcript won four awards, three of which were for first place.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.