ACP Inducts John Limb, Joe Durepos, and Ed DeStefano into Hall of Fame
BALTIMORE, MD — “The Association of Catholic Publishers (ACP) is very proud to announce its three latest inductees—John Limb, Joe Durepos, and Ed DeStefano—into the ACP Hall of Fame,” noted Peter Dwyer, ACP president.
ACP will formally present each of them with their award at the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Congress in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Hilton Hotel, on Friday, February 15, 2019.
Limb, Durepos, and DeStefano join other members of the ACP Hall of Fame who, like them, dedicated their careers to the Catholic publishing industry and achieved significant accomplishments that have advanced the industry. All three have one trait in common based on the nominations that were submitted—a generosity of spirit that they used to mentor and develop authors and other publishing professionals they worked with.
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.”
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.