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May 19, 2013

Liturgical Press, Loyola Press, Saint Mary's Press Dominate 2013 "Excellence in Publishing Awards"

BALTIMORE, MD - Liturgical Press with six total awards including two 1st place prizes was the big winner in the 2013 Excellence in Publishing Awards announced today by the Association of Catholic Publishers. Loyola Press, Saint Mary's Press, and Image Books each earned three winners each including a total of 5 1st place finishes. The awards will be given out on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at the 2013 Religious Booksellers Trade Exhibit (RBTE) in St. Charles, IL. The goal of these awards is to recognize the best in Catholic publishing.

Loyola Press's Adaptive Reconciliation Kit came away with the 2013 Book of the Year Award, a follow-up to the Adaptive First Eucharist Kit that was published in 2011. The judges lauded Loyola Press for producing a product to meet the needs of a small segment of the Church-those with autism and special needs-that is geared to the unique learning styles of the students.

Nine of the award winners focused on an individual and his or her journey of faith including two titles on Jesus of Nazareth and Dorothy Day, one on St. Ignatius Loyola, and three more contemporary individuals. Mystery--The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism (Herder and Herder/The Crossroad Publishing Company) and Chasing Mystery (Liturgical Press)--and Vatican II were repeated themes.

Awards were given for books falling into nine categories: Biography, Curriculum, General Interest, Inspirational, Prayer and Spirituality, Resources for Ministry, Scripture, Spanish, and Theology. The "Book of the Year" was named from among the first-place finishers of the first nine categories.

A complete list of the winners by category follows.

1.My Journal of the Council by Yves Congar (Liturgical Press)
2.Just Call Me Lopez: Getting to the Heart of Ignatius Loyolaby Margaret Silf (Loyola Press)
3.From Willow Creek to Sacred Heart: Rekindling My Love for Catholicismby Chris Haw (Ave Maria Press) 

1.Christian Morality: Living in Christ Series by Brian Singer-Towns (Saint Mary's Press)
2.The New Testament: The Good News of Jesus Christby Margaret Nutting Ralph, PhD (Saint Mary's Press)
3.Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society by Brian Singer-Towns (Saint Mary's Press) 

General Interest
1.Saved by Beauty: A Spiritual Journey with Dorothy Dayby Br. Michael O'Neill McGrath, OSFS (World Library Publications)
2.Jesus of Nazareth--Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI (Image Books)
3.Keys to the Council by Richard Gaillardetz (Liturgical Press)

1.All the Way to Heaven by Dorothy Day, Robert Ellsberg (Image Books)
2.My Sisters the Saints by Colleen Carroll Campbell (Image Books)
3.I Wasn't Dead When I Wrote This by Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart (Loyola Press)

Prayer & Spirituality
1.Genius Born of Anguish by Michael Higgins (Paulist Press)
2.It Draws Me: The Art of Contemplation by Mary M. McDonald, PhD (Liguori Publications)
3.A Heart on Fire: Rediscovering Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by James Kubicki, SJ (Ave Maria Press) 

Resources for Ministry
1.Adaptive Reconciliation Kit (Loyola Press)
2.Sowing Seeds, Bearing Fruit by Jennifer Kerr Breedlove (World Library Publications)
3.Strong Foundations: A Marriage Preparation Program for Catholic Couplesby Holly B. Carbo and Mandi M. Chapman (Twenty-Third Publications)

1.Threshold Bible Study: Jesus the Compassionate Savior, Part II by Stephen J. Binz (Twenty-Third Publications)
2.Chasing Mystery by Carey Walsh (Liturgical Press)
3.Jesus of Nazareth by Gerhard Lohfink (Liturgical Press) 

1.Manual de eclesiologia para los catolicos de hoy by Claudio M. Burgaleta, SJ (Liguori Publications)
2.El Evangelio para cada semana, Ciclo Liturgico C, by Jose A. Pagola (Convivium Press)
3.No temas, Maria by Adele Gonzalez (Renew International) 

1.When the Magisterium Intervenes edited by Richard R. Gaillardetz (Liturgical Press)
2.The Varieties of Vernacular Mysticism by Bernard McGinn (Herder and Herder/The Crossroad Publishing Company)
3.True Reform by Massimo Faggioli (Liturgical Press)