St. Katharine Drexel Award

(formerly Certificate of Merit 1966-2001)

The St. Katharine Drexel Award was established in 1966 under the title Certificate of Merit and renamed in 2002. Presented by the High School and Young Adult Library Services Section through the St. Katharine Drexel Award Committee, the St. Katharine Drexel Award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the growth of high school librarianship.

2019 St. Katharine Drexel Award Winner - Michael O'Brien

4/11/2019

Gene Luen Yang

Born in Ottawa in 1948, Michael O’Brien is the author of twenty-eight books, including twelve novels, which have been published in fourteen languages and widely reviewed in both secular and religious media in North America and Europe.

His essays on faith and culture have appeared in international journals such as Communio, Catholic World Report, Catholic Dossier, Inside the Vatican, The Chesterton Review and others. For seven years he was the editor of the Catholic family magazine, Nazareth Journal.

He has given hundreds of public talks and lectures at universities and churches throughout Europe and North America, and has frequently appeared as a guest on television programs in several nations.

His biography, On the Edge of Infinity by Dr. Clemens Cavallin, has just been published by Ignatius Press, San Francisco.

Since 1970 he has also worked as a professional artist and has had more than 40 exhibits across North America. Since 1976 he has painted religious imagery exclusively, a field that ranges from liturgical commissions to visual reflections on the meaning of the human person. His paintings hang in churches, monasteries, universities, community collections and private collections throughout the world.

Michael O’Brien lives in Barry’s Bay, Ontario, where he is the Artist and Writer in Residence at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom College. He and his wife Sheila have six children and eleven grandchildren.

 

St. Katharine Drexel Award Recipients

2019 Michael O'Brien

2018 Regina Doman

2017 Gene Luen Yang

2016 Amy Welborn (website)

2015 Joan Bauer (website)

2014 Voya Press

2013 Kimberly Willis Holt (website)

2012 Michael Cart

2011 Laurie Halse Anderson (website)

2010 Jacqueline Woodson (website)

2009 Lois Duncan (website)

2008 Walter Dean Myers (website)

2007 Caroline B. Cooney

2006 Patrick Jones

2005 Chris Crutcher (website)

2004 Norma Fox Mazer

2003 Rosen Publishing (website)

2002 Joan Lowery Nixon

Certificate of Merit recipients

2001 Sharon Draper (website)

1998 Enslow Publisher (website)

1997 Social Issues Resource Series (SIRS) (website)

1996 Winnebago Software Company (website)

1995 Donald R. Gallo

1994 Follett Library Book and Software Companies (website)

1993 Sister Francis Marita McGettigan, IHM

1992 St. Anthony Messenger Press (website)

1991 United States Catholic Conference (website)

1990 Ave Maria Press (website)

1989 Reverend John Powell

1988 Reverend John Catoir (website)

1987 World Book (website)

1986 Judge Michael F. Godfrey

1985 Doubleday Image Books

1984 James Clayton

1983 Marjorie Holmes

1982 Peggy Sullivan

1981 Ruth Ann Davies

1980 Margaret Allen Waltzer

1979 Scholastic Magazines / Press (website)

1978 Field Enterprises

1977 Mary Arthur Hoagland, IHM

1976 Lillian Shapiro

1975 Jane Hindman

1974 Reverend John R. Whitley

1973 Monsignor Edward T. Hughes

1972 Media and Methods (website)

1971 American Association of School Librarians, ALA (website)

1970 Isaac Asimov (website)

1969 Time-Life Books

1968 H.W. Wilson Company (website)

1967 Francis Keppel and Mildred Batchelder (website)

1966 Paulist Press (website)