ACP Hall of Fame
This is an annual award based on nominations from ACP members.
An ACP member is honored with entry into the Hall of Fame because he or she has made a significant and notable contribution to the Catholic book publishing industry at any point in their career. Nominees may be current, past, or retired members of the publishing community. This honor may be given posthumously.
2021 ACP Awards Ceremony
Anne Battes, recently retired publisher of RCL Benziger, has more than 36 years of experience working in Catholic education, having served as teacher, principal, religion and curriculum consultant in the Diocese of Dallas, and deputy superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. She has also worked in parish settings, where she taught parish religious education programs from early childhood through high school, developed, implemented, and coordinated parish early childhood programs, and served as a youth ministry catechist at the high school level. As former president of the Catholic Education Collaborative, she worked with Catholic parishes and schools in partnership with Catholic universities and the business community for shared services.
Dan Connors served for more than 40 years in the Catholic publishing field, recently retiring from Twenty-Third Publications. He started in publishing as an editorial assistant at Emmanuelle magazine (a publication of the Priests’ Eucharistic League) and was promoted to managing editor before leaving in 1981 to join the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He served as the managing editor of Pastoral Music magazine, editor of Pastoral Music Notebook, and was the founding editor of Pastoral Press, all of which now belong to OCP. In 1988, Connors joined the editorial department of Twenty-Third Publications as a book editor and also the managing editor for Today’s Catholic Parish. He went on to serve as Editor-in-Chief of Living with Christ: Your Daily Companion for Praying and Living the Eucharist, Catholic Digest, God’s Word Today, Exploring the Sunday Readings and The World of the Bible. Connors was promoted to Editorial Director of Twenty-Third Publications and served on the Publications Board of Novalis Publishing.
Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson
Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson, newly named Managing Editor Emerita of GIA's World Library Publications (WLP) division, is now committed to liturgical and music ministries at Ascension Church in Oak Park, Illinois. She previously worked as a parish music director at two parishes, as well as for the Archdiocese of Miami Ministry of Worship and Spiritual Life (Director of Music), the Archdiocese of Chicago Office for Divine Worship (Director of Music), and World Library Publications, the music and liturgy division of the J.S. Paluch Company, Inc. (Director of Publications). Anderson served on the board of directors for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, the Association of Catholic Publishers, and the Church Music Publishers Association. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in music education, a Master of Music degree in conducting, and has pursued theology and liturgical studies at Loyola University and Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
All Award Winners Members
Vinita Wright--Outstanding Service
Peter Dwyer--Outstanding Service
Ruth Puls--Outstanding Service
Kevin Maguire--Outstanding Service
Dave Island--Outstanding Service
Jim and Barbara Campbell
Paul Henderson--Outstanding Service
Sr. Mary Margaret Doorley--Outstanding Service
Jill Adamson--Outstanding Service
|2010||Rev. Lawrence Boadt, CSP
Rev. George Lane, SJ
|2008||Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC|
|2006||Fr. Jeremy Harrington|
|2003||Adrian Whitaker--Outstanding Service|
John Huenefeld--Outstanding Service
|2001||Fr. Michael Naughton|
|2000||Loretta Reif, Conference Services--Outstanding Service|
Thomas M. Santa, CSsR
|1998||Charles E. Jones
Kevin A. Lynch, CSP
Harry J. Costello
Charles A. Roth