2020 Publishing Award Winners

Read about the 2020 Resource of the Year

Celebrate Our 2020 Winners!

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2020 Excellence in Publishing Awards.

This annual awards program honors the best resources from 2019 in up to 16 categories ranging in format from books to music. 

We award first, second, and third place for most categories. When two titles are tied, we award the same place for both titles. When we have a small number of submissions, we only award first place. This year, there will be three categories with only first place winners.

We invite you to read these titles--many of them are from ACP member--or purchase them as gifts for family and friends for birthdays, First Communions, Confirmations, and holidays.

Here are the 2020 categories.

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First: To Speak the Truth in Love (Christine Schenk, CSJ, Orbis Books)

Second: Encountering Mother Teresa (Linda Schaefer, OSV)

Third: Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free (Maurice J. Nutt, CSsR, Liturgical Press)

Children's Book: Picture Book

First: When You Were Baptized (Catherine Maresca, Liturgy Training Publications)

Children's Book: Young Readers

First: John the Baptist: Saint for Baptism (Written by Barbara Yoffie, Illustrated by Jeff Albrecht, Liguori Publications)

Second: Light of Heaven (Adalee Hude, OSV)

Third: Philip Neri: Saint for Confirmation (Written by Barbara Yoffie, Illustrated by Jeff Albrecht, Liguori Publications)

General Interest

First: Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People (Charles Camosy, New City Press)

Second: How We Love: A Formation for the Celibate Life (John Mark Falkenhain, OSB, Liturgical Press)

Third: The Election of Pope Francis (Gerard O'Connell, Orbis Books)


First: A Living Gospel (Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Books)

First: Overdue: A Dewey Decimal System of Grace (Valerie Schultz, Liturgical Press)

Third: The Heart of Perfection (Colleen Carroll Campbell, Simon & Schuster)

Music: Distinguished Catholic Music Composer of the Year

First: Be Still and Know I'm Here (Ricky Manalo, CSP, OCP)

Second: Love & Grace (Dan Schutte, OCP)

Third: Sacrament (Sarah Hart, OCP)

Music: Song of the Year

First: By Our Love (Tom Kendzia, OCP)


Second: The Flowing Grace of Now (Macrina Wiederkehr, Ave Maria Press)

Resources for Liturgy

First: Compassionate Christ, Compassionate People: Liturgical Foundations of Christian Spirituality (Bob Hurd, Liturgical Press)

Second: Revival II (Tony Alonso, GIA Publications, Inc.)

Second: Spirit & Psalm Contemporary Psalter (Various, OCP)

Resources for Ministry

First: The Adaptive Teacher: Faith-Based Strategies to Reach and Teach Learners with Disabilities (John E. Barone, Charleen Katra, Loyola Press)

Second: Helping Teens with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression (Roy Petitfils, Ave Maria Press)

Third: Start with Jesus: How Everyday Disciples Will Renew the Church (Julianne Stanz, Loyola Press)


First: Mark (Warren Carter, Liturgical Press)


First: Cuando te bautizaron (Catherina Maresca, Liturgy Training Publications)

Second: 365 dias acompanados por los santos (Carmen Aguinaco, Loyola Press)

Third: Renovacion Carismatica Catolica (Andres Arango, Ave Maria Press)


First: A Course in Desert Spirituality: Fifteen Sessions with the Famous Trappist Monk (Thomas Merton, Edited by Jon M. Sweeney, Foreword by Paul Quenon, OCSO, Liturgical Press)

First: Ruth Burrows: Essential Writings (Ruth Burrows; edited by Michelle Jones, Orbis Books)

Third: A God Who Questions (Leonard J. DeLorenzo, OSV)

Third: Be Brave in the Scared (Mary E. Lenabug, Ave Maria Press)


First: Catholicity and Emerging Personhood (Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Orbis Books)

First: The Truth Will Make You Free: The New Evangelization for a Secular Age (Robert F. Leavitt, SS, Liturgical Press)

Third: Discovering Pope Francis: The Roots of Jorge Mario Bergoglio's Thinking (Edited by Brian Y. Lee and Thomas L. Knoebel, Liturgical Press)