The 2010 Archbishop O’Meara Awards were presented at the Catholic Media Convention on Thursday, June 3, 2010, by National Director Monsignor John E. Kozar.
“The Pontifical Mission Societies are charged with bringing Catholics to an understanding of their responsibility for the Church’s mission to all nations,” explained Monsignor Kozar. “These awards recognize the invaluable partnership with the Catholic press as, together, we do just that.”
In the category Catholic magazines for single article with worldwide missionary theme, Columban Mission magazine won the Honorable Mention award for the article “A Community’s Embrace” by Columban lay missionary David Draper. The article was published in the December 2009 issue of Columban Mission magazine.
The awards also cite the collaboration between Catholic media and diocesan directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies, both in terms of World Mission Sunday promotion and general articles on world mission in Catholic newspapers. First presented in 1993, the Archbishop O’Meara award for coverage of world mission news in the Catholic press is named for the late Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara who served as national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith from 1966 to 1979.
A complete list of the Archbishop O’Meara Award winners, more information about the awards as well as the awards presentation may be found at www.onefamilyinmission.org.
The Pontifical Mission Societies, active in some 120 countries throughout the world, work to animate the faithful to a universal missionary spirit, and to gather support for the efforts of the Church in some 1,150 mission dioceses in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands and remote regions of Latin America.