National recognition for Office of Communications and The Catholic Virginian


The diocesan Office of Communications and The Catholic Virginian received national recognition – with six awards and two honorable mentions – during the Catholic Media Conference, hosted by the Catholic Media Association, in Atlanta this year.


Office of Communications

  • First Place: Best Use of Video on Social Media – Ongoing Series
    • Eucharistic Revival – College Students Share Views on the Eucharist
    • (Claire Bebermeyer, Mark Kwolek)
  • Third Place: Best Use of Photos in Social Media
    • Postcards from Portugal/World Youth Day 2023
    • (Claire Bebermeyer, Michael Mickle)


The Catholic Virginian

  • Honorable Mention: Best Newspaper – Non-Weekly
    • (The Catholic Virginian Staff)
  • Second Place: Best Regular Column by Bishop or Archbishop
    • Christ Our Hope
    • (Bishop Barry C. Knestout) 
  • First Place: Best Headline
    • “Ale-vangelizing in the Community”
    • (Lily Nguyen Dunkle)
  • Third Place: Best Personality Profile – Non-Weekly
    • Augusta County Blacksmith Forges Signs of Faith
    • (Joe Staniunas)
  • Second Place: Best Photograph – National/International Event
    • Bishop Knestout Listening to Young Pilgrim (World Youth Day)
    • (Michael Mickle)
  • Honorable Mention: Best Photograph – Scenic, Still-life or Weather Photo
    • St. Joseph Statue in Santarem, Portugal (World Youth Day)
    • (Michael Mickle)



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