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.

Read more about the Outstanding Service Award and the Leading with Integrity Award.

To nominate someone to be inducted into the ACP Hall of Fame, complete the downloadable application or online form and submit it by October 31.

2021 ACP Awards Ceremony

2022 Winners

Anne Battes

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

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
Year Member

Dan Connors
Anne Battes
Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson

Vinita Wright--Outstanding Service


Nancy Bird
Dr. Elaine Rendler

Peter Dwyer--Outstanding Service
Mary Elizabeth Sperry--Outstanding Service


Tom McGrath
Tom Grady

Ruth Puls--Outstanding Service

2019 John Limb
Joe Durepos
Ed DeStefano
2018 Dan Mulhall

John Thomas
Cullen Schippe

Kevin Maguire--Outstanding Service


Greg Erlandson
Robert Gallagher


Peter Li
Jo Rotunno

Dave Island--Outstanding Service


Jim and Barbara Campbell
Bill Dinger

Paul Henderson--Outstanding Service


Maryann Nead
Linus Mundy

Sr. Mary Margaret Doorley--Outstanding Service


Mary Prete
Lauretta Santarossa

Jill Adamson--Outstanding Service

2010 Rev. Lawrence Boadt, CSP
Rev. George Lane, SJ
2009 Terry Wessels
2008 Sr. Edith Prendergast, RSC
2007 Mike Leach
2006 Fr. Jeremy Harrington
2005 John Wright
Frank Cunningham
Mark Twomey
2004 Edward Vessel
2003 Adrian Whitaker--Outstanding Service

Gabe Huck
Bob Heyer

John Huenefeld--Outstanding Service

2001 Fr. Michael Naughton
2000 Loretta Reif, Conference Services--Outstanding Service

Thomas M. Santa, CSsR
Thomas R. Artz
Lisa Biedenbach

1998 Charles E. Jones
Kevin A. Lynch, CSP
1997 Rob Stone

Tom Bruce
Frank J. Cunningham
Dan Juday
Tom McGrath
Gregory F. Augustine Pierce

1993 Robert Byrns
Harry J. Costello
Peter Dwyer
1990 Michael Glazier
Charles A. Roth