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2011 Aggiornamento Awardee Fr. Robert Barron appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Pope Frances formally announced Fr. Robert Barron’s appointment as Auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles last Tuesday, July 21st. Bishop-Elect Barron is a 2011 winner of the CLA Aggiornamento Award. He is also the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. The website reaches millions of people each year and his YouTube videos have been viewed over 13 million times. Find more about Fr. Robert Barron and his ministries at wordonfire.org. View the full release of his appointment here.
Changes to the ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
ATLA announced that there will be "monthly updates for key products in religion and theology: the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®), ATLASerials® (ATLAS®), and ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index® (ATLA CPLI®). Previously updated quarterly, this change will offer more timely updates of content on the EBSCOhost platform." See complete story here.
ATLA also announced a significant addition to key titles for ATLA CPLI. Complete listing found here.
2015 Philip F. Neau Award Recipient
Paul Pojman, a past chair of CLSS and the section newsletter editor from 1995-March 2015, is the 2015 winner of the Philip F. Neau Award. Read more about the award.
2015 Charlotte Decker Award Recipient
The 2015 Charlotte Decker Award was presented to Jean R. Bostley, SSJ by Annette Thibodeaux, Chair of the HSYALSS at the CLA Annual Conference in Orlando. Sr. Jean presently serves as librarian at St. Joseph Central High School in Pittsfield, MA. For many years she was a member and leader of the section before moving to the executive director position of CLA. Throughout her many years with CLA, she has always been a mentor for leaders of the section and has always made significant contributions to the section. For her many years of dedicated service to the HSYALSS she was recognized with the Charlotte Decker Award.
2015 Regina Medal Award Winner - Judy Blume
Author Judy Blume received the Regina Medal Award at a luncheon in her honor on April 8, 2015, at the CLA convention in Orlando, FL. Her books have sold over 85 million copies worldwide and many have been included on the New York Times bestseller list. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement by ALA, the Library of Congress Living Legends Award and the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Read her complete bio here.
CLA Office Has Moved!
Please note that the CLA office has moved. The new phone number is 225-408-4417 and the new address is 8550 United Plaza Blvd, Ste 1001, Baton Rouge, LA.