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WALLINGFORD – The Catholic Transcript picked up a dozen awards in May and June in contests sponsored by two professional organizations.

The paper garnered eight awards in the Connecticut Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists’ (SPJ) annual “Excellence in Journalism” competition during an awards banquet May 26.

Competing in the Regional Non-Daily category, the Transcript garnered three first-place, two second-place and three third-place awards.

Contributing photographer Aaron Joseph won first place in feature photography for his photo “Faithful honor Our Lady,” depicting people as they venerated the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Graphic artist Leslie DiVenere took the top honor for Page 1 layout.

The Transcript staff earned first-place honors for its continuing coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life.

Reporter Mary Chalupsky earned second-place honors for reporting in the area of education with her story about priests and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Hartford who raised funds for Catholic schools by bicycling from Litchfield to Emmitsburg, Md. She also took third place in religion coverage with a story about the Waterbury native who was the last Catholic chaplain to die in combat in World War II.

Ms. Chalupsky and correspondents Jack Sheedy and Karen O. Bray won third-place awards in the continuing coverage of the proposed law allowing physician-assisted suicide in Connecticut.

Family Life columnist J.F. Pisani took second place in the general column category for his column “Bringing Catholics Home.” Everyday Spirituality columnist M. Regina Cram won third place in that category, with a column titled “Open Letter to Younger Catholics (and Older Catholics, as well).”

The Transcript won four awards in the annual journalism competition of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada. They were announced June 3 in St. Louis, Mo.

The newspaper earned a second-place award for its continuing coverage of the Year of Consecrated Life.

The second-place award for a diocesan newspaper’s editorial page or editorial section went to The Catholic Transcript.

Ms. DiVenere took an honorable mention in the Best Front Page, Tabloid category. Correspondent Jack Sheedy also earned an honorable mention in the paper’s category for Best Feature Writing for the story “Teen’s tragic death completes her bucket list.”

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.