CLA Awards

The Catholic Library Association honors excellence in scholarship, literature and librarianship through the bestowal of nationally recognized Association and Section awards. These awards as well as service and chapter awards are presented at the annual convention.

2017 St. Katharine Drexel Award Winner - Gene Luen Yang

12/15/2016

Gene Luen Yang

CLA Awards St. Katharine Drexel Award Gene Luen Yang is the 2017 recipient of the St. Katharine Drexel Award. Yan is a well-known cartoonist and graphic novelist, whose 2006 American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel nominated for a National Book Award, and the first ALA Printz Award winner. Since then, his books have been nominated for and won numerous other honors and awards.

Yang is also a Catholic, and his many works are several with Catholic themes. In The Monkey King, Yang replaces Buddha, from the original story, with a Christian deity. The Rosary Comic Book (Pauline Books & Media, 2003) is a graphic novel depicting the stories behind the mysteries of the rosary.

 

2017 Aggiornamento Award Winner - Fr. Patrick Martin

11/2/2016

Fr. Patrick MartinThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Fr. Patrick Martin as the 2017 Aggiornamento Award Recipient. Father Patrick A. Martin is a missionary priest who has been traveling the world for 30 years, spreading the word about human suffering. He was born in Maine, the 17th in a family of 22 children. He was struck by meningitis at the age of nine, losing his sight, his memory, and his ability to walk. With a lot of help, he relearned what he had lost and regained the use of his legs, but still only has pinpoint vision. In 1969 he first learned of the resources that were available for blind people. He went to the library and started reading recorded books. Eventually he earned a degree in English Literature and a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Father Pat now visits parishes all over the world and presents Parish Mission Programs, many of which are recorded live as they are given and are available to everyone on the internet. The Award will be presented to Fr. Martin at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo being held April 18-20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

 

2017 Jerome Award Winner - Dr. Massimo Faggioli

11/2/2016

Dr. Massimo FaggioliThe Catholic Library Association is excited to announce Dr. Massimo Faggioli as the 2017 St. Jerome Award Recipient. A relatively young scholar, Dr. Faggioli, currently a Professor at Villanova University, has already contributed much to Catholic theology. A Church historian, he had dedicated his work to placing major Church figures, movements, and events in their proper historical context. His recent work focuses on the relationship between Catholics and politics and he was the founding Director of the Institute for Catholicism and Citizenship at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. The Award will be presented to Faggioli at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo being held April 18-20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

 

2017 Regina Medal Award Winner - David A. Adler

9/13/2016

The Catholic Library Association is excited to announce David A. Adler as the recipient of the 2017 Regina Medal Award. David A. Adler David A. Adler has written over 200 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. His book Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man won a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor, ALA Notable Book for Children, International Readers Association Teachers’ Choice, Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, National Parenting Gold Award and several state awards. In 2016 David Adler received the Geisel Award for his young readers book Don’t Throw It To Mo! The Award will be presented to Adler at the 2017 CLA Convention in conjunction with the National Catholic Educational Association Convention and Expo being held April 18-20, 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

 

2016 John Brubaker Award Given to Sandra Collins

4/27/2016

The John Brubaker Award for 2016 has been given to Sandra Collins for her article, A Wandering Aramean: ATLA and the Scholar of Eastern Christianity, which appeared in the September 2014 (vol. 85, no. 1) issue of Catholic Library World.