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ACP Hall of Fame

An ACP member is honored with entry into the Hall of Fame because he or she has made a significant and notable contribute 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.

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

2019 Winners

John Limb was an employee of Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) for 30 years, 25 years of which as publisher. Since his retirement in 2017, he continues to serve as OCP’s publisher emeritus and on the ACP board as well as other national boards. “(John) has a wealth of experience and knowledge, which he has generously shared in his role as Publisher of OCP and member of the ACP board,” wrote Wade Wisler, current publisher. “He has worked tirelessly and traveled far and wide to support, guide and mentor people in the industry, and to advance the goals of both ACP and Catholic publishing in general.”

Joe Durepos has lived a life in love with books, and especially Catholic books. His avid interest in books led him to a varied career in religious publishing which began with a successful stint as a publisher’s sales representative, and then as a bookseller at a vibrant independent bookstore. He helped develop, worked on, and represented numerous best-selling Catholic projects that are still going strong including The Gift of Peace by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and No Greater Love by Mother Teresa. Durepos came to work at Loyola Press in 2002 as Executive Editor, Acquisitions where he acquired books by authors like Fr. James Martin, S.J., Joe Paprocki, Richard Rohr, Kerry Weber, and Heather King whose recent title Holy Desperation won the most recent ACP Book of the Year award. Perhaps Joe’s biggest contribution to Loyola Press is introducing a generation of readers to the best and brightest Jesuit/Ignatian spiritual writers of the age.

Ed DeStefano has worked in Catholic publishing for most of his professional career. Working for several publishers, including Tabor, Sadlier, RCL Benziger, and Veritas, he has been the editorial vision behind many successful programs in catechesis while also mentoring many emerging professionals in the industry. “His commitment to effective catechesis has played a vital role in the development of many basal programs over the years,” noted Mike Raffio. “His vision and ability to see a problem or need and address it is admirable.”

Hall of Fame Members
Year Member
2018 Dan Mulhall
2017 John Thomas
Cullen Schippe
Kevin Maguire--Outstanding Service
2016 Greg Erlandson
Robert Gallagher
2015 Peter Li
Jo Rotunno
Dave Island--Outstanding Service
2014 Jim and Barbara Campbell
Bill Dinger
Paul Henderson--Outstanding Service
2013 Maryann Nead
Linus Mundy
Sr. Mary Margaret Doorley--Outstanding Service
2012 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
2002 Gabe Huck
Bob Heyer
John Huenefeld--Outstanding Service
2001 Fr. Michael Naughton
2000 Loretta Reif, Conference Services--Outstanding Service
1999 Thomas M. Santa, CSsR
Thomas R. Artz
Lisa Biedenbach
1998 Charles E. Jones
Kevin A. Lynch, CSP
1997 Rob Stone
1996 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