Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Thursday, April 26, 2018

olg022This photo by Lenora Sumsky placed first in the photo category.

The Catholic Transcript print and online editions won 14 awards in the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists annual contest.

The awards were presented Thursday in North Haven.

The Transcript won six first-place awards, six second-place awards and two third-place awards in the regional non-daily or affiliated categories.

News editor Jack Sheedy was first in general reporting for a story about Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli’s visit to Connecticut in 1936. Three years later, the cardinal became Pope Pius XII.

Columnist J.F. Pisani took first for a general column about distractions at Mass.

Columnist Dr. Donald DeMarco was first for a column titled "The Fall of Icons," a reflection on life and death.

Correspondent Lenora Sumsky was first for an online feature photo in an online gallery about a Hartford celebration of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Graphic artist Leslie DiVenere took first for page one layout, and with graphic artist Joe Brown, took first for non-page one layout.

Second-place prizes went to freelance photographer Bob Mullen, for a photo of a man and his son at a Nativity scene; Mr. Sheedy, for a story about a Waterbury man who carves biblical scenes out of soap, and for an opinion column about staying in a homeless shelter; reporter Mary Chalupsky, for an article about the music and faith of Jose Feliciano and his wife June, and for an online photo layout depicting the reaction of eighth-grade students to new iPads; and Mr. Brown, for page one layout.

Third-place certificates were given to theater critic Bernard Carragher, for a review of "War Horse" on Broadway; and managing editor Roberta Tuttle, for a story about a seminarian visiting from Haiti with a health problem.