ACP Announces 2024 Inductees to the ACP Hall of Fame

Posted By: Therese Brown ACP Member News, Awards,

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BALTIMORE, MD — The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce that David Island (OCP), Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty (J.S. Paluch Company/World Library Publications), and Joseph Sinasac (Novalis) will be inducted into the ACP Hall of Fame at the ACP’s 2024 Annual Membership Meeting.

“All three of these inductees devoted many years to nurturing Catholic publishing in their respective areas in ways that have touched the faith life of so many Catholics in the pew with incredible insight, inspiration, and humility,” noted Therese Brown, ACP’s executive director.

An ACP member is honored with induction 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.

David Island followed his dreams into publishing and education after more than a decade as an ordained priest and teacher in South Dakota.  He moved to Cincinnati, OH, where he found his avocation in publishing, working for the World Library of Sacred Music. In the years that followed, Island managed several Catholic publishing companies and served as a consultant to religious publishers around the country. In 1983, he joined Oregon Catholic Press (OCP) as marketing manager. He helped OCP to grow to one of the largest publishing houses in the nation. Island retired from OCP in 2009, but continued to serve on its Parish Grant selection committee. He received the ACP’s Outstanding Service Award in 2015. He died in October 2023.

Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty is being honored because of her dedicated service to the Church including her support of vocations which has helped to form generations of Church leaders. Rafferty was the owner of the J.S. Paluch Company (JSP) and World Library Publications (WLP) for many years. Under her leadership, JSP/WLP pioneered the creation of the periodical parish worship resource with its flagship product, Seasonal Missalette, plus other multiple products designed to address the various needs of diverse parish communities. Over its history, WLP published thousands of resources for the singing, praying, and initiating Church, of which dozens were award-winning.

Joseph Sinasac has a long career in leadership in Catholic publishing in Canada, starting as publisher and editor of The Catholic Register from 1995 to 2009, the oldest English Catholic publication in Canada. From 2009-2023, Sinasac was publishing director of Novalis Publishing in Toronto. Novalis is the largest bilingual religious publisher in Canada and has been part of Bayard Presse since 2008. As the largest religious publisher in Canada, he has brought many Catholic authors to readers in both Canada and the United States. One of his most successful titles was shepherding the hugely successful publication on parish renewal by Rev. James Mallon, Divine Renovation. He has also been the publisher of the daily missal Living with Christ. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Media Association most recently as its Treasurer.

The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is a membership organization of Catholic publishers, those who provide services to Catholic publishers, and individuals who work with Catholic publishers. The ACP provides opportunities for members to further the Catholic publishing industry, promote Catholic publishing and reading, and engage those they interact with, including retailers, pastoral leaders, individual customers, and staff.