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Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award

Best Example of Evangelization Through the Use of Social Media Platforms

The purpose of this award is to recognize the positive impact of a Social Media campaign to make Jesus known and loved.

The criteria for measuring the success of the campaign is two tiered. First and most important is the ability to achieve the desired outcomes shown by the response and reactions of those receiving the message. Second is the quality of production and style of writing in delivering the message.

Award: The winner receives a certificate, and a cash award of $300 to underwrite the cost of technology in developing and or continuing their evangelization efforts.

Winner of the Award for 2017

The First Place winner of the 2017 Fr John Catoir Award: Nicole Ossevoort, Diocese of Syracuse for the Being Catholic initiative.

Honorable Mention: Rick Musacchio, Diocese of Nashville for the Three Minute Theology campaign.

Criteria for Nomination

The Father John Catoir Social Media Evangelization Award shall be given to the person who leveraged the power of social media to achieve the objectives of making Jesus known and loved. Entry criteria are:

  • Must be a current member of the Catholic Press Association.
  • Must be work begun or implemented in 2017. The evaluation of the program can include results into 2018.
  • Must be work implemented and viewable on a Social Media platform.    
    Note: The work does not include blogs.    .
  • Entries must be submitted through the CPA website.
  • You may enter your own work or, with permission, submit the work of your organization.
  • The entry period is open from Friday, March 9, through Thursday, March 29, 2018


Submissions must include:

  • The intended goals, objectives and vision for the project.
  • The campaign URL, or URLs where the project may be reviewed.
  • A description of the effectiveness of the campaign, including proof of engagement (i.e., number of re-tweets, added followers, views, comments, etc.)

Judging & Announcement:

  • Judging to take place in April 2018.
  • Judges will be a panel of three professional communicators with knowledge of social media utilization.
  • The winner is announced during the Catholic Media Conference Awards Banquet in Green Bay, WI on June 15, 2018. For more information, visit:


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