Catholic Press Association Honors Bayard Publications with 8 Awards


The 2020 Catholic Media Awards were announced on July 2, as the Virtual Catholic Media Conference wrapped up a three-day online convention. CPA honored Bayard with 8 awards, acknowledging the outstanding work of our teams as they strive to further the mission of the Church.

Catechist magazine placed third in Magazine/Newsletter of the Year (Special-Interest Magazines)

“Focusing issues on single aspects of Catholic life allows an in-depth look at the specifics along with help to parents and teachers,” Judges wrote. “So, while we get the basic reason and history of baptism, for example, we also get details on how to create cards of welcome to newly baptized members or parents of the baptized complete with the need for card stock, glue, scissors. And an issue devoted to the Eucharist ranges from national surveys on who believes that the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ to preparing children (with one article devoted to children with autism) for Communion. Helpful, well written and focused”.

Catechist magazine took third place in Best Layout or Article Column for “The Inspiration of John Henry Newman” (October 2019), written by Aaron T. Martin and designed by Creative Director Ted Schluenderfritz.

Judges write that “The article is well laid out and easy to read. The colors complement each other and are pleasing to the eye”.

Finally, Catechist magazine placed second for Best Reporting on a Special Age Group forThe Spiritual Questions of Generation Z”  (February 2019) from author Doug Tooke.

“A beautifully written article about a generation that is more spiritual than religious. A very engaging read.”

Catholic Digest won in two following categories, including an Honorable Mention Magazine/Newsletter of the Year category.

 Catholic Digest placed second in the Best Guest Column/Commentary category. The column honored is “A Glimmer of Hope” (Last Word column, Dec 2019/Jan 2020 issue), by author Gary Zimak.

“By writing in direct, searing prose about an expected tragedy, the likely death of his yet-to-be born twins, this writer takes us on a journey of hope that is earned’, judges noted. “As he explains how to hope with Jesus and trust Him, we believe his words because of his story’s impacting portrayal”.

In the book awards, Novalis Publishing won:

Congratulations to all those who have contributed to the success of these publications.

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