Catholic Media Association names U.S. Catholic 2023 ‘Magazine of the Year’

In addition to winning “Magazine of the Year” for the second year running, U.S. Catholic took home six other awards from the 2023 Catholic Media Association Press Awards.

U.S. Catholic has been named “Magazine of the Year” for 2023 by the Catholic Media Association. This is the second time in two years that the CMA has awarded the Claretian publication first place in the category of “National General Interest Magazines.” 

U.S. Catholic demonstrates its commitment to ‘faith in real life’ through its exceptional ability to report stories that deeply affect its readers,” the judges wrote. “From a beautifully written reflection on the death of a child, to the moral conundrums of financial planning, to the challenges of being overweight in a critical culture, the magazine meets Catholics where they are.” 

The magazine has also received awards in recent years for excellence in journalism and for social media presence.

“We are greatly honored by the Catholic Media Association’s recognition of U.S. Catholic’s focus on fulfilling its mission through its magazine, which welcomes a diverse array of voices that represent contemporary Catholicism in America,” said John Blais, executive director of the St. Jude League and publisher of U.S. Catholic.  “Congratulations to the talented journalists, writers, and editors that collaborate every day to help this ministry be a viable resource for our readers.”

Each year at its convention, the CMA honors writers and publications for their achievements in Catholic media, journalism, and communication. This year, U.S. Catholic also received the following awards from the CMA at its June 9 ceremony:

  • First place, Best website of a magazine or newsletter
  • First place, Best coverage of racial inequities, for coverage by the U.S. Catholic staff, NETWORK staff, and Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J.
  • First place, Best seasonal issue, for U.S. Catholic’s December 2022 issue
  • Second place, Best regular column on family life, for Home Faith, by writers Don Clemmer and Teresa Coda
  • Second place, Best regular column on spiritual life, for The Examined Life, by writers Emily Sanna, Rebecca Bratten Weiss, and Father Tom McGann, C.M.F.
  • Third place, Writer of the year (English), to Don Clemmer

Since 1935, U.S. Catholic has been a platform for thoughtful and courageous journalism, with a focus on social justice.

“I am extremely proud of the staff’s work,” said Emily Sanna, managing editor of U.S. Catholic. “These awards represent our hard work together as a team, our commitment both to journalistic excellence, and our mission of sharing the stories of real Catholics living out their faith in myriad ways.”

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