Thursday February 15, 2007

An Extraordinary Messenger

The University of Dayton will honor the St. Anthony Messenger Press with the Daniel J. Kane Religious Communications Award.

The University of Dayton will honor St. Anthony Messenger Press, one of America's largest publishers of popular, inspirational and educational Roman Catholic spirituality resources, with the Daniel J. Kane Religious Communications Award.

UD's Institute for Pastoral Initiatives presents the award for outstanding lifetime dedication to Gospel values using mass media. It is named after the former communication director for the archdiocese of Cincinnati.

"In light of their continued commitment to excellence in Catholic communications, the University of Dayton celebrates the leaders and staff of St. Anthony Messenger Press," said Sister Angela Ann Zukowksi, M.H.S.H., director of the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives.

Based in Cincinnati and supported by the Franciscan friars, St. Anthony Messenger Press has been a major Catholic publisher for more than a century. It has published St. Anthony Messenger magazine since 1893, began publishing religious education materials in the 1970s and launched an online presence in 1996.

"The publications and related resources of St. Anthony's have been on the cutting edge supporting adult faith formation. In recent years the converging of print, video, audio and Internet demonstrates the ongoing creativity of the staff for stimulating the religious imagination of the Catholic community," Zukowski said. "St. Anthony's Web site is recognized as one of the outstanding international cyber connections today. A recent grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has extended the staff's ministry through radio, with programs distributed across the U.S. and Latin America."

Recipients of the Daniel J. Kane Religious Communications Award receive a sculpture and a donation made in their names to the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation program to cover the tuition for Asian students. It's a collaborative program that employs online facilitators to provide faith formation classes to learners who span the globe.

The Rev. Jeremy Harrington, O.F.M., publisher and CEO of St. Anthony Messenger Press, will accept the award on behalf of the company.

"We're overjoyed to receive this honor," he said. "We share a passion for communications with the University of Dayton, particularly in the new world of technology and virtual learning. We're honored to receive an award named after Dan Kane. He was an extraordinary man, who had a vision for how the Catholic church should serve the world. He communicated that good news to Catholics and non-Catholics alike."

Contact Sister Angela Ann Zukowski at 937-229-3126.