2019 News

2019 Fall Virtual Conference Keynote Speaker - Kerry Weber Lynch


Kerry Weber Lynch is an executive editor of America, where she has worked since 2009. Kerry is the author of Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job (Loyola Press), which received a 2014 Christopher award, as well as awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Association of Catholic Publishers. Her writing and multimedia work have earned several awards from the Catholic Press Association, and in 2013 she reported from Rwanda as a recipient of Catholic Relief Services' Egan Journalism Fellowship recognizing excellence in the Catholic media. She is a graduate of Providence College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2004-2005 Kerry volunteered through the Mercy Volunteer Corps as a special-education teacher on the Navajo reservation in St. Michael's, Arizona. She has been a Mercy Associate since 2012. She a board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.


2019 John Brubaker Award Given to Marty Miller


The Catholic Library World Editorial Committee has selected Marty Miller of Louisiana State University as the recipient of the John Brubaker Award for 2018-2019 for "Sacred vs. Profane in The Great War: A Neutral's Indictment: Louis Raemaekers's Use of Religious Imagery in Adoration of the Magi and Our Lady of Antwerp" from the September 2018 issue.

The Brubaker Award was established in 1978 to recognize an outstanding work of literary merit published in Catholic Library World during the publishing year prior to the award presentation, and "Sacred vs. Profane in The Great War: A Neutral's Indictment" clearly deserves this distinction. It discusses the use of visual imagery drawn from medieval and Renaissance Roman Catholic art in the political cartoons created by Louis Raemaekers (1869-1956) during the First World War. Although a citizen of the Netherlands, Raemaekers disregarded his country's neutrality in the war to publish many aggressively anti-German cartoons. Miller's article focuses on two of these drawings: one portraying the leaders of the Central Powers offending the Holy Family by offering instruments of war at Jesus's nativity and the other forming a triptych decrying the devastation of the city of Antwerp, Belgium, which centers on Our Lady as the Mother of Sorrows. For her skillful interpretation of Louis Raemaekers's use of Catholic imagery in these political cartoons, which she found in her university's special collections library, the committee gratefully presents this year's Brubaker Award to Marty Miller.


New Kapsner Bulletin Available


The latest issue of The Oliver Leonard Kapsner, O.S.B. Cataloging Bulletin is now available! Click here to view current and past issues.


2019 Jerome Award Winner - Charlie Camosy


Fr. Bryan MassingaleCharlie Camosy is a theology professor at Fordham University in Bronx, New York. His work often focuses on the theme of “intellectual solidarity between political and ethical approaches which find conversation difficult.” He has exemplified this intellectual solidarity through his participation in founding an international conference for changing the image of abortion, as founder and co-director of the Catholic Conversation Project, as an editor and contributor for catholicmoraltheology.com, and as a board member of Democrats for Life. Furthermore, he is a part of the international group, Contending Modernities, that explores the possible methods of productive public interaction between Catholicism, Islam, and Secular Liberalism.

Charlie is also an award-winning author of four books: Too Expensive to Treat?: Finitude, Tragedy, and the Neonatal ICU; Peter Singer and Christian Ethics: Beyond Polarization; For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action; and Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation.

Camosy has published in numerous Catholic or religious periodicals such as Crux, National Catholic Reporter, and First Things, among others. That his work can be found in such a diverse array of journals makes it is clear that he speaks to Catholics of all theological and political leanings within the United States, a rare feat indeed in this age of polarization within the Church.


2019 Regina Medal Award Winner - Kate DiCamillo


Kate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (Flora & Ulysses in 2014 and The Tale of Despereaux in 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). Many of DiCamillo’s main characters struggle with loss, but they also encounter characters who are joyful, wise, and loving. In a 2018 Horn Book review, professor emerita of children’s and young adult literature at Texas Woman’s University, Betty Carter, described DiCamillo’s books as possessing, “The overarching themes addressing forgiveness, love, friendship, acceptance, home, and family.” DiCamillo has written books for youth that foster a love of reading for all reading levels ranging from picture books to upper middle grade. Children of all ages are able to discover fantastic, imaginative stories that draw them into a world with which they can identify. A native of Florida, DiCamillo now lives in Minneapolis. After being appointed as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress in 2014, DiCamillo now serves as Ambassador Emeritus.


2019 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Fr. Peter John Cameron


Fr. Patrick MartinThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P. as the 2019 Aggiornamento Award Recipient. Father Peter John Cameron, O.P., was ordained a Dominican priest in 1986. He grew up in Vernon, Connecticut. He holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a concentration in New Testament theology from the Dominican House of Studies, and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in playwriting from the Catholic University of America. He is an award-winning playwright, and the founder and artistic director of Blackfriars Repertory Theatre in New York City. From 1994 until 2018 Fr. Cameron taught homiletics at four seminaries: St. Joseph's Seminary—Dunwoodie, New York; Immaculate Conception Seminary, Huntington, New York; the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC; and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. From 2001 to 2003, Fr. Cameron was the spiritual director of the Neumann Hall pre-theology program at Dunwoodie. Fr. Cameron is the author of ten books, including The Classics of Catholic Spirituality, Why Preach, Mysteries of the Virgin Mary, Made for Love--Loved by God, Novenas for the Church Year, and Jesus Present Before Me. He served two terms as the director of preaching for his Dominican province. Fr. Cameron is the founding editor-in-chief of Magnificat, where he worked from 1998-2018. Fr. Cameron now serves as the director of formation for Hard as Nails Ministries, a national evangelization apostolate. Fr. Martin will provide a recorded presentation accepting this honor at the Spring 2019 Virtual Convention.


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


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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.