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NORTH HAVEN – Seven awards went to seven staffers and contributors at The Catholic Transcript May 23 during the annual presentation of the Excellence in Journalism awards by the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The awards follow others given to the Transcript by the New England Newspaper and Press Association in February.

The paper received five first-place awards: J. F. Pisani for his column "The Best in Our Spouses" (June 2012); Msgr. David Q. Liptak, executive editor, for his opinion column "For God and Country" (July 2012); Leslie DiVenere for page 1 layout (January, June and October 2012); Bob Mullen for his feature photo accompanying a story headlined "Cathedral at 50: Still magnificent" (June 2012); and Jack Sheedy for his Arts and Entertainment story "At Hollywood and Divine: ‘The Elvis nun’" (May 2012).

Mary Chalupsky garnered second place prize for her feature photo "First day is a long day" (October 2012). Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, publisher,  also won accolades for his column titled "Federal edict on health care insurance" (February 2012).

The awards were judged in the category of regional non-daily publications.

Msgr. Liptak expressed the gratification of the Transcript staff for this most recent round of awards, acknowledging the hard work and professional expertise accomplished by a relatively small group of journalists and support personnel. He especially singled out the Transcript’s managing editor, Roberta Tuttle, for coordinating the talents of all involved. Msgr. Liptak added that Archbishop Henry J. Mansell’s leadership as publisher has to be cited as crucial to the Transcript’s success.


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.