Aggiornamento Award

The Aggiornamento Award, established in 1980, is presented by the Parish and Community Library Services Section through the Aggiornamento Award Committee. It is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution made by an individual or an organization for the renewal of parish and community life in the spirit of Saint John XXIII (1881-1963).

2022 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Lighthouse Catholic Media/ Augustine Institute


Our Aggiornamento Award recipient this year is the Augustine Institute, for it’s impact on parish life through its parish based Next Generation Kiosk.

In 2004, while working at a large software company, Mark Middendorf received an inspiration. After receiving Communion at a weekday Mass, an idea entered his mind, and would never leave. The simple idea was to equip Catholics everywhere to better know and love Our Lord Jesus Christ and our Catholic Faith by providing parishes an attractive Kiosk in the church narthex or vestibule, full of inspiring, faithful media. Soon, Mark and a friend were actively meeting with pastors to pilot the idea. The results were astounding, and with the help of two other faithful men, on the Feast of The Assumption, 2005, Lighthouse Catholic Media and its parish-based Kiosk program was launched. By God’s grace, over the next ten years, this simple idea provided millions of CDs, downloads, and books, through Kiosks in over 5,000 parishes in the United States, alone. In 2015, Lighthouse Catholic Media merged the Augustine Institute, Denver, Colorado, and the Kiosk adoption continued its rise, reaching over 7,500 parishes in the U.S., and in over 150 countries, worldwide.  The Augustine Institute is continuing to innovate in service of parishes committed to the New Evangelization, including a re-engineered Next Generation Kiosk to accommodate more modern media, and integration with another Aggiornamento Award winner, FORMED, as parishes ‘reimagine’ themselves as ‘centers of evangelization’.

Brian Truckenbrod has been involved with Lighthouse Kiosk since its origin, and serves as Senior Director of Mission Expansion at the Augustine Institute.


Past Aggiornamento Award Recipients

2021 CRRA

2020 FORMED (website)

2019 Fr. Peter John Cameron

2018 Fr. James Martin

2017 Fr. Patrick Martin

2016 The Marian Library

2015 Doug Keck (read more)

2014 Susan Muto

2013 Sr. Ann Shields

2012 Reverend Anthony F. Rigoli, OMI

2011 Reverend Robert Barron

2010 Oregon Catholic Press (website)

2009 Allan Figueroa Deck, SJ

2008 Monsignor Joseph M. Champlin

2007 Reverend Andrew M. Greeley (website)

2006 RENEW International (website)

2005 Edwina Gateley (website)

2004 Reverend William J. Bausch

2003 Gabe Huck

2002 Reverend Robert J. Hater

2001 Maureen Gallagher

2000 St. Anthony Messenger Press

1999 Liguori Publications

1998 Pauline Books and Media

1997 Scepter Press

1996 Bishop Thomas J. Welsh

1995 Our Sunday Visitor

1994 Resource Publications

1993 Anthony Scannell, OFM Cap.

1992 Phyllis Vos Wezeman

1991 Twenty-Third Publications

1990 Monsignor Philip J. Murnion

1989 Sister Mariella Frye

1988 Orbis Books

1987 Matthew R. Wilt

1986 Mary Page Irwin

1985 Monsignor Charles Dollen

1984 Jane Hindman

1983 Claudia Carlin, IHM

1982 Reverend Angelo U. Garbin

1981 Bernadette Young

1980 Reverend Vincent Schneider